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AI is one of the most… Says IIT Bombay Vice-President

In his interactions with students at IIT Bombay, the vice president encouraged them to pursue research and innovation as well as to use technology for social causes that would improve living conditions for both the nation’s citizens and all of mankind.

Vice-President, Jagdeep Dhankhar today emphasized on the transformation potential of new emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and said that the world is on the cusp of technological revolution. He stressed that AI will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and interact and it is an opportunity as well as a challenge. Shri Dhankhar remarked emergence of AI as one of the most significant production shifts since industrial revolution.

Shri Ramesh Bais, Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra, Prof. S. Sudarshan, Deputy Director (AIA), IIT Bombay, Prof. K.V.K. Rao, Deputy Director (FEA), IIT Bombay, students, faculty members and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

He also urged the premiere institutions like IIT to be in synergy with industry and government so that technology can be democratized and universalized.

Recognizing the importance of women empowerment and gender equality, Vice-President, lauded the government initiatives like Swatch Bharat Mission, Ujjwala Yojana and Har Ghar Jal Yojana that has provided dignity to thousands of women, gave them freedom from drudgery and made their life lot easier.

He also remarked the recent passing of women reservation bill in parliament as epochal development which will have far reaching societal changes.

Highlighting the changing nature of warfare and penetration of technology in strategic domains, Vice-President stated that “the best defence is that you are capable of extreme offence”.

The Vice-President urged the students to participate in cutting edge research in fields like quantum computing, artificial intelligence, 6G, cryptography, cyber security, and green hydrogen, referring to knowledge as the ultimate power that alone possesses the capacity to define the position of any individual, organisation, and nation in the world.

As the Vice-President considers the demographic dividend and the importance of youth, he refers to them as the biggest stakeholders in governance. He referred to youth as the primary engines of growth and voiced confidence in their ability to shape Bharat’s future.

Vice-President expressed worry about the export of our country’s fundamental resources to foreign nations without adding value, saying that it is imperative that we all cultivate a strong sense of economic nationalism. The absence of value addition in raw materials departing our borders deprives our youth of work opportunities and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Vice-President termed corruption as the greatest enemy of democracy as it impedes growth of ordinary man and makes people hopeless.

Addressing the students, Shri Dhankhar underlined the need to create synergy among premiere institutes like IIT, industry and the government so that technological development can act as a catalyzing agent and ensure emergence of Bharat as a global leader.

In his address Vice-President also acknowledged the rich alumna of IIT Bombay and their immense contribution made in varied disciplines and proposed the idea to create a body comprising alumni associations of all IITs so that their experience, expertise and exposure can be utilized in policy making and execution.

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Source: PIB

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