Last month, the govt took forward the idea of the Atma Nirbhar Bharat App Innovation challenge. It was planned and kept in mind to look for solutions to key challenges posed by the ban on Chinese investment. The top 10 teams that entered the finale would be raising funding worth INR 2.3 Cr and one-year incubation support. 

IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday (August 18) launched the INR 4.3 Cr ‘Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge’ on the lines of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation challenge, which took place, earlier this month. 

The government will offer financial support of INR 4.3 Cr at various stages of development of the hardware prototype. It will also support startups through an incubation program.

Mentioning IITs, IIT Madras and Center for Development of Advance Computing (CDAC) have developed two microprocessors named SHAKTI (32 bit) and VEGA (64 bit) respectively using Open Source Architecture under the aegis of Microprocessor Development Program of Ministry of Electronics and IT.

CaptionPlus, Meme Chat, and FTC Talent – mobile applications — were adjudged as winners in the entertainment category under the Atmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge followed by Logically and IsEqualTo in news and Hitwicket Superstars, ScarFall and WCC2 in games categories respectively. These are Made-in-India mobile applications among 24 which have been declared as winners.

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