Technology should be used as an instrument of social justice: President Murmu

Ranchi: President of India Droupadi Murmu graced and addressed the 2nd convocation of the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Ranchi at Namkum on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that today India is moving towards entrepreneurial culture by strengthening the startup eco-system and promoting self-reliance.

In this context, scientific research and innovation has become an even more important topic in the country‚Äôs development discourse. It is only through research that new processes, products and designs can be developed that can help find innovative and sustainable solutions to emerging issues. 

She expressed confidence that higher educational institutions in India would enhance their research capabilities and produce talented students who would be technologically proficient and work for the welfare of citizens through innovations. She emphasized that technology should be used as an instrument of social justice.

The President said that India has the third-largest tech start-up ecosystem in the world. We are already using smart devices that have made our lives easier. But such equipment and systems should be accessible to common people and should be in line with overall sustainability. This is where the role of the technologists becomes more challenging. For this they need to adopt a holistic approach in their thinking and work.

She said that in the era of artificial intelligence, it is the responsibility of bright minds like students of IIIT Ranchi to increase efficiency by making best use of it. By saving time and resources, they can focus more on creative and sensitive tasks that require empathy and human touch. She urged them to think about how to use artificial intelligence to help divyangjan, senior citizens or other needy sections.

The President said that youth have immense potential to change the society and nation. Our youth can make a big contribution in making a conscious and developed nation. It is the duty of all of us to show the right direction to the youth and encourage them towards working for the progress of the country and society.

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