New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind today inaugurated the International Conference on Recent Advancements in Computer, Communication and Information Technology (ICRACCIT 2019) at PSIT College of Higher Education in Kanpur. Speaking on the occasion, Kovind said that technology has been a prime mover of social change, adding that India’s journey from a poor nation at the time of independence to one of the fastest and biggest economies in the world has come about in part thanks to technology.
As we aim to become a $5 trillion economy by 2025, we again look forward to technology playing its role, the President said, remarking that apart from giving us economic might, new forms of knowledge have bettered the lives of people on the margins of society. Moreover, advances in information and communication technology have been a great equaliser in all walks of life, he added.
Kovind said that technology, however, is just an instrument, adding be it fire or electricity, technology is a great servant but a bad master. When we deliberate on the latest technological advancements, we should keep foremost in mind the implications for humanity, the President urged, adding that Kanpur has an excellent example of using technology for humanity.
Over the decades, the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) has helped countless persons with disabilities by manufacturing rehabilitation aids, with a focus on continuous technology upgrades, Kovind observed.
Later in the day, the President graced and addressed the first alumni meet of Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur.
The President said to the gather that last month he had launched the Endowment Fund of IIT Delhi, created in collaboration with the alumni of the Institute. While launching the Fund, the President said he was considering that all educational institutions should establish such Funds.
These Funds can be used to provide scholarships to poor and meritorious students, develop the infrastructure of the institution, and to raise advanced technology and resources for the institution, said Kovind, urging alumni of the Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University to take this initiative forward in their University as well. President Kovind contributed Rs 111,000 to the Fund and requested others to cooperate in this work.
Later in the evening, the President attended a felicitation program being organised by the Kanpur Nagar Nigam.