Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning provide exciting opportunities for India’s youth, who are exploring new frontiers in the field of technology, President Droupadi Murmu said on Thursday.
In her address to the nation on the eve of the 75th Republic Day, the president emphasized that India is in the early years of Amrit Kaal, the period leading to the centenary of Independence, which is also going to be a period of unprecedented technological changes.
“Technological advances like Artificial Intelligence and machine learning have transitioned from headlines into our daily lives at a breathtaking speed,” remarked the president.
She also acknowledged the “numerous areas of concern in the foreseeable future” due to technological advances.
Speaking from Rashtrapati Bhavan, Murmu expressed confidence in India’s progress, attributed to the robust health of the economy.
“Our GDP growth rate has remained the highest among major economies in recent years, and we have every reason to believe that this extraordinary performance will continue in the year 2024 and beyond,” she asserted.
Highlighting the inclusive development approach, the president commended the Narendra Modi government for the scheme providing free food to the weaker sections, which has been extended for the next five years, benefiting nearly 81 crore people.
“This may be the biggest welfare initiative of its kind in history,” Murmu said.
Echoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make India a developed nation by 2047, marking 100 years of Independence, Murmu emphasized the current “epochal transformation,” urging citizens to contribute to achieving national goals by abiding by fundamental duties enshrined in the Constitution.
“These duties are essential obligations of every citizen towards making Bharat a developed nation when it completes 100 years of independence,” she said.
President Murmu hailed the successful organization of the G20 summit held in New Delhi in September last year, terming it an “unprecedented achievement.”
“The G20 Summit also boosted India’s emergence as the voice of the Global South, adding a necessary element to the international discourse,” she said.
Applauding the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) for its successful Chandrayaan-3 and Aditya L1 missions, she highlighted the smooth progress of preparations for the Gaganyaan mission, India’s first human spaceflight program.
“We have always been proud of our scientists and technology experts, but now they are aiming far higher than before and delivering too,” she said.
The president said that India’s achievements in the sector will inspire more youngsters, especially young women, to pursue careers in science and technology.
Murmu also noted the consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, calling it “a landmark in India’s continued re-discovery of its civilizational heritage.”