Spending in technology and science requires to be increased up to deal with various issues the country is encountering, M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, claimed this week. He listed unemployment, poverty, diseases, pollution, lack of clean drinking water, urban–rural divide, and also the problems relating to security and crime as among the issues. Speaking at the valedictory conference of the India International Science Festival, Naidu claimed that up-and-coming fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, Internet of things, and digital manufacturing were going to alter the method of living and added that these sectors therefore required to be completely exploited.
The vice president requested to the industries and corporates to join forces to set up a special body for motivating out-of-the-box and innovative disruptive technologies and research and development projects that can offer long-lasting solutions to the issues encountered by the people.” Emphasizing on activities of research and development, he listed a host of hurdles, comprising global warming, climate change, regional disparities, and sustainable development in this regard. “Hurdles to come in the upcoming days are clean water, clean energy, and diseases and these are going to be the largest difficulties with increasing population in India.
“Considering this in mind, only science can hunt for answers to both the emerging and the present issues in the time to come,” Naidu claimed to the media in an interview this week. He further claimed that he was pleased that the Indian Government, guided by Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, has given a call—a mantra of perform, reform, and transform”. “Change is the requirement of the country,” Naidu claimed and added that all the people, comprising the researchers and scientists, had a great liability to shift towards that end. Y S Chowdary, Minister of State for Technology, Science, and Earth Sciences, listed the initiatives of Center to look after entrepreneurs, so that one might give service.
Refusing the criticism of jobless development, he claimed that it was not right. “Technology can only make new generation of jobs and the population has to be skilled for such jobs,” Chowdary claimed.