“India has all the pre-requisites to emerge as a software power in the 21st Century.” These were the words of a man at a time when India was not synonymous with IT.
It was at a time that this man wanted the benefits of IT to peter down to the grassroot level and his favourite slogan, roti, kapda, makan, bijli and bandwidth is only one part of the blueprint that he had for the IT industry and its use in changing the lives of Indians.
The Dewang Mehta Memorial IT competitions held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan School, KG Marg on August 11 highlighted the vision of its alumna, Dewang Mehta, by inculcating a love for IT among the youth. Around 30 schools of the capital participated in the competition open to students from Class IV onwards.
Paintbrush was a competition for Classes IV and V. “We were given topics like ‘Life under the sea,’ ‘Global Warming’ and ‘Changing face of India’ for a power point presentation. This helps us gain confidence by putting forth our views as well as being aware of what other students feel about these issues,” said Kushal Saharan and Virinchi Kumar, Class VII, St Mary’s School.
A group discussion competition was held for Classes XI and XII where topics like “will India ever reach the level of Ice Age II?” and “The future of online learning programs in India,” were discussed. Chief guest Anil Bakht, member, NASSCOM task force, gave away prizes.
Amity International, Saket, won the overall trophy. Apeejay School, Sheikh Sarai were adjudged runner’s up.