Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has stressed on the need to step up Bio-Technology interventions to make agriculture more viable and sustainable. He also wanted innovations in Biotechnology to focus on allied sectors like animal husbandry, dairy, fisheries and other vital areas such as health & nutrition, environment & biodiversity conservation.
Addressing the gathering of Young innovators after presenting Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Awards 2019 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi today, Vice President Naidu stressed the need to constantly innovate and reinvent agricultural practices in tune with the realities of diminishing natural resources and changing weather and rainfall patterns.
Stating that agriculture was still the mainstay of the rural economy, he wanted concerted efforts of governments, innovators and Krishi Vigyan Kendras and others to improve the lives of farmers.
Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation, the Vice President reminded the gathering that future of India lies in its villages and that development of the nation would remain a distant and unfulfilled dream until villages were developed.
Saying that the government has identified 117 Aspirational Districts for their overall transformation by adopting a mass movement approach, the Vice President urged young innovators to be part of the mass movement to transform aspirational districts by coming up with path-breaking ideas to improve health & nutrition, education, agriculture, and water resources, financial inclusion & skill development.
Stating that the sole purpose of Science Technology and Innovation was to improve the lives of people, Vice President Naidu called for creative, affordable and sustainable solutions suitable for challenges such as poverty, pollution, climate change, diseases, not-so-profitable agriculture, and low-efficiency industrial processes.
The Vice President also visited the exhibition organized on the sidelines of the Awards ceremony and appreciated the Anti-Pesticide Dermal Gel created by Ketan. He said that it would help in preventing or at least significantly reducing the adverse effects of the pesticide spray.
Expressing confidence that the National Research Foundation announced by the Government to fund research and innovation projects, Vice President Naidu said that it would help in improving research opportunities for students.
Observing that trained and capable youth must become the drivers of innovation in India, the Vice President called for steps to make the youth take-up the opportunities offered by advances in technology and innovation by enhancing their skills and encouraging them to explore the unchartered territories.
He also called for a reorientation of education and training systems to foster out-of-box thinking and problem-solving approach. In this aspect, the Vice President suggested making good use of government schemes such as Digital India and Atal Tinkering Labs and opined that it was the need of the hour for India to emerge as a global innovation hub in the coming years.