New Delhi: Asking technocrats to adopt new
ways to overcome challenges thrown up by the changing times,
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Friday underlined the need
for using latest technology for development.
"A time of change leads to many challenges which have to
be overcome. It is in such times that there is a need to look
at methods of doing things in new and innovative ways and also
with the help of cutting edge technologies," Patil said in
her inaugural address at the PanIIT alumni conference here.
Noting that science and society had evolved together and
would continue to do so, she said technology had altered the
the manner in which people undertake activities and were
leading as a consequence to social changes. In a video message,
Science and technology are regarded as the most powerful
instruments for changing lives and for bringing the benefits
of inclusive growth to the maximum number of people, Patil
said in a video message at the conclave with the theme
Sustainable transformation: Our New India.
"I am happy to know that you are going to deliberate on
the needs of a better quality of life in society, environment
sustainability and to the imperative of developing and using
low carbon footprint technologies," she said, adding, these
are the issues of great importance and relevance for
sustainable and all round development.
Referring to India`s growing young population, she said,
"Today, our nation stands at a crucial stage. It has many
advantages including a predominantly young population and one
of the world`s fastest growing economies."
On India emerging as a global power she said, "We are
also regarded as one of the leading nations in the area of
trained scientific and technical manpower."
There were about 3000 IIT alumni attending the three-day
While praising IIT alumni for their role in transforming
the nation through their work and ideas, she said, "Government
is undertaking various schemes and initiatives which shall
lead to the creation of a `New India`.
Caling upon IITians to be ready to contribute to India`s
progress and prosperity in an exemplary way she said the
conclave could be an opportunity for a rewarding partnership
between the public, private and civil society.
Speaking at the conclave New and Renewable Minister
Farooq Abdullah said, "you (IITians) can do a lot for the
country and for the world.
"We have to work together for producing sufficient cheap
and renewable energy as India is lacking on this front. About
40 per cent of populations still do not have energy."