Emphasising that technology is destiny, the President, Ram Nath Kovind has said that technology must also be equity and its fruits must be accessible to all. Addressing the 20th National Technology Day celebrations at Vigyan Bhawan here today, the President said that finances and resources must be available to all technologists who wish to turn entrepreneurs and to migrate from the lab room to the shop floor. The President pointed out that gender equity must be integrated with technology production. Shri Kovind highlighted that the new technologies have three common attributes – (i) they offer solutions that are necessary in the Indian context and contribute to the social and economic needs of our people, (ii) they achieve all this at competitive price points and (iii) they do not compromise on quality. “The Government has proposed to establish Centres of Excellence to train young technologists in robotics, artificial intelligence, digital manufacture, big data analytics, quantum communication and Internet of Things. The Government is also pursuing demonstration and deployment of successful technology solutions for clean energy options”, President Kovind said.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan gave a call to renew the pledge to empower the citizens through rapid growth of inclusive technology. “National Technology Day is an occasion to remind ourselves of the transformative power of science & technology for the nation and society”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said. The Minister added that such technological innovations, among others, will aid the government’s efforts to provide clean and green electric mobility.Striking a note of caution against complacency, Dr. Harsh Vardhan recalled the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s message to the scientific community at the 105th Indian Science Congress in Imphal and to do research leading to development. The Minister pointed out that building on the strengths, we must let the innovation become the engine and technology as the driver for national growth. Recalling the former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s slogan of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan and Jai Vigyan”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that in fact, ‘Vigyan’ (science) provides muscle to the Jawans and farmers of the country alike.