Enormous potential of internet and its inevitability in the modern world were acclaimed by experts at a seminar “Modern Russian and Indian Achievements in the Sphere of Information Technology” to mark the Day of Internet in Russia, organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi jointly with Vigyan Prasar, on September 28, 2017. A photo exhibition “From Russia with Progress” was also opened on the occasion.
In an introductory lecture-cum-multi-media presentation, Mr Alexey Shaposhnikov – Head of Science and Technology Section, RCSC, made an impressive Russian perspective on the history of the development of internet and related achievements. He explained in minute details the multifarious use of internet in various spheres, particularly satellites and rocket technology. He also pinpointed the popularity and progress of Yandex with special emphasis on Kaspersky anti-virus innovation.
Speaking on bridging the gap between ICT and masses, Mr Bhavani Prasad Yerrapalli, Research Director, Media Lab Asia, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, made an overview on mobile phone penetration and wider broadband network in India with the help of facts and figures. He referred to the pilot project on handloom industry in Varanasi with the development of software.
Citing the fast development of internet in India, Mr Osama Manzar, Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation, made an interesting observation on the successful application of internet connectivity in the little Rann of Kutch, projecting it as a unique innovation work worth emulating.
Dwelling upon the diverse aspects of digital equality, Mr Amitabh Singhal, Governing Council Member – Digital Employment Foundation, and Director, Telxess Consulting Services Pvt, Ltd., traced the systematic development of internet in India ever since its inception on August 15, 1995. He pointed out that by overcoming multilingual barriers the country now stands as the second largest network users, although, however, 27 percent of the population still lack internet access.
In a presentation on big-data analysis and IT, Dr. Hardeo Kumar Thakur, Associate Professor, Computer Science & Technology Department, made an overall evaluation on the growing need for utility of internet application in different spheres of life.
Referring to Indian achievements and innovations in robotics, Mr Umesh Dutta, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Manav Rachna, Innovation Incubation Centre, reiterated that internet is the biggest backbone of the country’s economy, while the power of internet is fulfilled through wider connectivity. The people are more and more dependent on internet, he said. He also made a presentation on his visit to Kazan, Russia, under the New Generation programme for the participation in the International conference “The Science of Future is the Science of Youth”.
While winding up the deliberation, in his concluding remarks, Mr Vimal S. Mehta, Ex-General Manager, India Trade Promotion Organisation cited the enlightening cross-section of digital advancements, researches, innovations and developments in India and Russia. He described the articulation of speakers as encouraging sources, appropriate enough to enhance the scientific temper of young generation and accelerate the process of the country’s technological momentum. Mr V.S. Mehta acknowledged the signal contributions of Vigyan Prasar to the promotion of science and technology. He had a word of high appreciation on the amazing growth of Russia in digital connectivity.