On May 11, 2018, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the National Technology Day Celebrations in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, the Ram Nath Kovind said that after Independence, India began to ascend the value chain in technology and knowledge production in the areas of space and atomic energy. Today, we have broadened to best-in-class amplitude in Communication Technology, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and IT. This has changed perceptions about our country and helped both our people and our prosperity. Last year, we had stand-out achievements such as the launch of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System – 1L. We are also constructing preparations for the Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon. India has an imposing fame in drugs and vaccines.
Applaud the award winners at the ceremony, the President said the emphasis on quality in our innovation and technology endeavours is non-negotiable. There was a time when we favour to confuse frugal and low-cost innovation with Jugaad – small, incremental change or essentially a cut-and-paste approach to technology. As a culture, we have and we must continue to overcome that mindset. The award winners are examples of how we are moving ahead with fearless, with the risk-taking ability and with gumption, how we are making genuine leaps of imagination and of innovation. Beyond the products and manners, this is new energy amid our technology incubators that is refreshing.
Now we have to explore new outskirts, the government has proposed to establish Centres of Excellence to train young technologists in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Digital manufacture, Quantum Communication, and in the Internet of Things. The government is also pursuing demonstration and deployment of successful technology solutions for clean energy options and for meeting the challenge of water availability. These are 21st-century challenges, and they require 21st-century answers.
The President Ram Nath Kovindh said that technology is destiny, but technology must also be equity. Its produce must be accessible to all. Finance and resources should be available to all technologists who may wish to turn administrators and to migrate from the lab room to the shop floor. Overhead, gender equity must be integrated with technology generation and technology sharing. We need more of our country’s young women to enter the technology and innovation space. Those who are already working here are doing a remarkable job, but their numbers need to improve and improve essentially.