Women must enter tech & innovation space: Kovind

New Delhi, May 11 (UNI) Gender equity must be integrated with technology production and technology sharing, President Ram Nath Kovind said here on Friday at the National Technology Day celebrations.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kovind said that India needed more 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 urgently,” he said.
The President said that technology was destiny, but it must also be equity. Its fruits must be accessible to all.

Finance and resources should be available to all technologists who may wish to turn entrepreneurs ? and to migrate from the lab room to the shop floor, he said.

Mr Kovind said India climbing the value chain in technology and knowledge production in space and atomic energy, communication technology, IT, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, has changed perceptions and helped people and economy.

“Last year India launched the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System – 1L and is also preparing to launch Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon. It has a formidable reputation in drugs and vaccines,” he said.

To meet 21st century challenges, the government is pursuing demonstration and deployment of successful technology solutions for clean energy options and for water availability.

It proposes to establish Centres of Excellence to train young technologists in robotics, artificial intelligence, digital manufacture, Big Data Analytics, quantum communication, and in the Internet of Things, he added.