Think of ways to bridge the digital divide in India, Vice President tells engineers

RSTV Bureau
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addresses in  Hyderabad on July 27, 2018. (Photo- @VPSecretariat)

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addresses in Hyderabad on July 27, 2018. (Photo- @VPSecretariat)

The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday asked software engineers to think of ways to bridge the digital divide in the country. He also urged them to ensure that the skill deficit is addressed and rural youth become active stakeholders in India’s inclusive growth endeavour.

IT knowledge should ultimately help the poorest of the poor, promote literacy, digitally literacy and skill the skilled in our country. I would like the IT industry to increase its focus on innovation and developing new technologies, apart from skilling the youth to provide gainful employment, the Vice President said while addressing engineers at Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association in Hyderabad.

Innovation and Intellectual Property are the main reasons for the success of global IT giants, he explained while urging companies to stay invested in Intellectual property and continue focusing on innovation.

The Vice President appreciated the government of Telangana’s initiative ‘T-Hub’ for promoting entrepreneurship and complimented the government for implementing industry-friendly policies and creating the necessary eco-system and infrastructure in the state.

The Vice President said that India can become a leader in innovation and in developing cutting edge technology. He called for collective and coordinated efforts from all stakeholders, including the government and IT companies for creating the ecosystem for the IT sector to flourish.

The Vice President expressed concern over the increasing lifestyle diseases in youth, including those in the IT sector and said that it is not uncommon to hear about heart related and orthopedic problems.

Depression is also becoming common among youngsters, which is not a good sign. This calls for a huge focus on ensuring the physical and mental wellness of employees and I am sure, the corporate sector will accord top priority to this aspect, he added.

The Vice President stressed on the need to infuse an entrepreneurial spirit among the youth and give a fillip to start-up ecosystem.