Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 22nd edition of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in Hyderabad on Monday. The three-day event organised in partnership with NASSCOM, World Information Technology And Services Alliance (WITSA) and the Government of Telangana, is being held in India for the first time.
Delivering the inaugural address through a video conference, Modi expressed confidence that WCIT will prove beneficial to investors, innovators, think-tanks and other stakeholders from across the world. With growing number of innovative entrepreneurs in the country, the Prime Minister underlined India’s role in digital innovation.
“Today, India is the hot-spot of digital innovation, across all sectors. We not only possess a growing number of innovative entrepreneurs, but also a growing market for tech innovation. We were and we remain one of the most tech friendly populations in the world,” said the Prime Minister.
Modi hailed ‘Digital India’ as a programme that has gone beyond being a government initiative, to become a way of life. The Prime Minister reiterated, that while most government initiatives depend on a government push, Digital India was succeeding because of the people’s pull.
“Leveraging technology in such a holistic manner was unthinkable some years ago. We have successfully completed this life-cycle in the last three and a half years. This has been possible through a change in public behaviour and processes,” he explained.
The Prime Minister also launched Nasscom-developed FutureSkills online platform which aims at skill development in the I-T field. According to the Information Technology Ministry, the FutureSkills online platform will focus on eight new technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Robotics Process Automation, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, 3D printing, Additive manufacturing, Cloud Computing and Social Media.
The platform will provide online content from prominent institutions like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, IITs and online education platforms.
The three-day WCIT is being held along with the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum. Business delegations from 25 countries are attending the event themed ‘Amplify digital-Disrupt the core’.
(With inputs from agencies)