It was another edition of monthly radio programme, Mann Ki Baat by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.
This time he appeared to be stressing on importance of science and technology and the potential of artificial intelligence in India’s growth trajectory.
Modi began his address with a phone call from Komal Tripathi of Meerut, who reminded listeners of National Science Day on 28 February.
It need be mentioned that National Science Day is celebrated each year on this day to mark CV Raman’s discovery of “Raman Effect”.
Tripathi also urged Modi to speak on the importance of scientific temper and education in helping India’s growth.
Hailing the scientific community in India, Modi invoked the names of some of the most popular Indian-origin scientists.
He mentioned from Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose and Har Gobind Khorana to Satyendra Nath Bose and added that scientists have been India’s pride.
The prime minister also invoked the names of rishis who helped create the ancient India’s knowledge systems.
Speaking on the hot topic of artificial intelligence, Modi claimed
that machines are getting smarter through self learning and urged researchers to make use of AI to make the lives of “divyangs” (differently-abled), farmers and the needy more simpler.
Modi also referred to his last month visit’s to Ahmedabad along with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.
He said that during his visit to the iCreate Centre in Ahmedabad’s Deo Dholera village, he came across a youth who had developed a technology for people who cannot speak.
prime minister lauded the idea of “kacchra utsav”, which began in Raipur and has now spread to various cities of India
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