The benefits of technology should reach the remote areas and the poorest of the poor. It should be used as an instrument of social justice, President Droupadi Murmu said. Addressing the students and faculty members of G Narayanamma Institute of Technology and Science for Women and also students of B M Malani Nursing College and Suman Junior College of Mahila Dakshata Samithi here, she said engineering has played a big role in technological advancements, including computers, medical equipment, internet, smart devices and digital payment systems.
The role of engineering as a profession becomes very critical in today's world where unthinkable and unprecedented problems need quick and sustainable solutions, she said. Observing that engineers have the power to make the world a better place, the President said the solutions that they find and technologies that they would create in future should be people-oriented and environment-friendly, an official release said.
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Recently at COP 27, India reiterated its vision of a safe planet in a one-word Mantra – LiFE which stands for Lifestyle for Environment. "We have been achieving our climate targets and upgrading them. We are taking new initiatives in renewable energy, e-mobility, ethanol-blended fuels, and green hydrogen. These initiatives can start producing better results on the ground through technological innovations," she said.
LIVE: President Droupadi Murmu interacts with students and faculty members of various colleges at Hyderabad https://t.co/GsHZbR7cYu— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 29, 2022
The President said technology in today’s world has social, economic, political, educational, environmental and geo-political dimensions. It is continuously evolving and impacting every arena. She expressed hope that engineers would come out with innovative technologies for the benefit of the public at large and improve the quality of life of the people. They should also think about engineering solutions for the disadvantaged sections, senior citizens, 'divyang' persons (People with disabilities) and other people who need special support, she added.
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Speaking about women's contribution in engineering and technology, the President said there are examples of many inspiring women who are heading big companies, have launched start-ups and are contributing in a major way in all fields such as telecom, IT, aviation, machine design, construction works, Artificial intelligence and other areas. More women need to come forward to take up science streams, she emphasised.
Technology must be used to remove the social, economic and digital divides. You are the levers through which we can leap into an inclusive, eco-friendly, smart and technology–driven future. Technology should be used as an instrument of social justice.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 29, 2022
The President said STEM -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics -- is vital to the Indian economy. Nurturing young women as technocrats and innovators can lead the country towards a stronger economy. Women bring different perspectives and skill sets in tech fields. The cognitive abilities of women can change the way knowledge and technologies are perceived at various levels, she said.
Women should overcome challenges that come their way and rise in their careers, she added. The President advised students to be empowered and empower others too. She said they should not be satisfied just with their own success and happiness. They have a duty towards the nation and humanity as a whole. They should use their talent and technological capabilities for the larger good.
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