‘Use Tech To Solve Daily Problems’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pitched for technological solutions to day-to-day problems and exhorted the youth to go for research and innovation in a big way and use central schemes like “Atal Innovation Mission” to create an ecosystem of innovation, experiment and entrepreneurship in the country.
“If we have to create the next generation of innovators, we will have to prepare our children for that and therefore the government will set up `Atal Tinkering Labs’ in schools,” Modi said in his monthly radio programme `Mann ki Baat’.
He said if any school established such a lab, it would get Rs 10 lakh and an equal amount for its maintenance for five years. The objective of ATLs, being established under the “Atal Innovation Mission”, is to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds.
Noting that innovation was directly linked to incubation, Modi said under the “Atal Incubation Centre” programme the government plans to earmark Rs 10 crore (to each AIC for five years to cover the capital and operational expenditure cost in running the centre). Such centres will provide adequate infrastructure along with assistance to startups in their early stages.
Inviting the youth to do research and invent solutions through technology to the problems they see, the PM also referred to the “Atal Grand Challenges” and said, “The government wants to reward technology that is developed to address our problems.” Modi said the AGC drive will be the real tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam, whose first death anniversary was observed four days ago. “The more our young generation works for research and innovation, the more it will contribute to making of modern India of 21st century and that will be the real tribute to Abdul Kalam.”
The PM also talked about the Rio Olympics, his recent visit to South Africa and passage of a bill that aims to provide huge money to states for their compensatory aforestation programme.
During the 35-minute broadcast, he also spoke about the need to curb deaths during child delivery and said government hospitals will offer free check-up on the 9th of every month. He urged gynaecologists, who do not work in government hospitals, to devote one day for this purpose.
Source : The Times of India (Delhi)