Teaching High School Students to Solve Daily Problems Using Tech a 'good Thing', Says Kejriwal
In a recent event held at Thyagaraj Stadium, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his enthusiasm for the integration of technology into the education system. He praised the initiative that allows Class 10 and Class 11 students to utilize technology in solving everyday problems, emphasizing that such an opportunity was not available in the past.
Kejriwal inaugurated the Delhi Robotics League and HE21 Exhibition, which he hailed as an unprecedented competition in India. Both government and private schools took part, with a notable majority of participants hailing from the School of Specialised Excellence. Kejriwal commended the educational standards in Delhi's government schools, asserting that they surpass those of other states.
The Chief Minister lauded the students' innovative solutions to real-world issues, highlighting this as the most remarkable aspect of the initiative. He shared a personal anecdote to emphasize the gap between academic knowledge and practical skills. Despite studying mechanical engineering at IIT-Kharagpur, Kejriwal admitted his inability to fix a ceiling fan when requested by his grandfather.
Kejriwal expressed his delight in witnessing high school students engaging in research and actively seeking solutions to real-world problems. He regarded the Delhi Robotics League as a significant initiative that would contribute to addressing the challenges faced by the country. He extended his congratulations to the winning team and acknowledged the value of learning and showcasing work in the tournament.
One of the notable exhibits in the event was a product that assists farmers in determining the appropriate amount of water needed for their fields. By utilizing ground sensors, the students devised a system to inform farmers about optimal irrigation practices. Kejriwal commended this innovative idea and suggested its potential for nationwide implementation, emphasizing its transformative impact.
The Delhi Robotics League, as per a government statement, stands as India's first statewide robotics competition, aiming to enhance the skills and competence of school students. The 2023 edition, themed "Robo Kancha," combines traditional children's games with problem-solving, encouraging participants to conceptualize game solutions, design and build robots, and develop winning strategies.
Education Minister Atishi highlighted the significance of this competition, emphasizing the progress made by Delhi government schools. She recalled the time when such a robotics competition would have been unimaginable for students in these schools, emphasizing the achievement of hosting the final round of the Delhi Robotics League. The competition began in December of the previous year, attracting participation from various schools across Delhi.