EMPHATIC RELEVANCE OF DIGITAL EMPOWERMENT

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A Seminar, jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture  (RCSC) in New Delhi, the International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs and BRICS International Forum, dedicated to the International Youth Day, emphasised the significance of digital empowerment in achieving sustainable development among the youth of BRICS countries. The focus of lively discussion by experts was on the currently available vast potential of digital application ensuring easy access and connectivity.    

Addressing an elite gathering of members of youth organisations, technocrats, students, institutional heads, etc, Dr. Manpreet Singh Manna, Director, All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India, referred to the four websites (swayam.gov.in; syayamprabha.gov.in; ndl.gov.in; and nad.gov.in) launched by the Government, which he described as digital pillars of India. He also pointed at the largest digital library available for the broader section of the people. Describing digital sector as the leading sector for the youth, Dr. Manna hoped that it would attract the larger section of the youth of the country. He stressed the need for mobilising funds for digital empowerment. He also underlined the crucial role of laptop, smart mobile phones, internet, face book, whatsaap, sim cards, etc., as important tools in digital application to facilitate access and connectivity.

Mrs. Purnima President, International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs and BRICS International Forum, briefed the gathering on the activities and achievements of her organisations. An innovative step towards achieving the sustainable future in digital era has already been taken. A project in this direction was initiated in Russia by the National Russian Youth Council and launched in India on June 9, 2018. To carry forward the agenda, the BRICS International Forum and the BRICS countries-network organizations initiated dialogue with the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). The innovative initiative to create a digital platform with the network of 10,000 young people from various technical universities and corporate software companies has been taken. It will serve as United India Team to share the youth’s contribution to achieve the targets of sustainable development goals for our sustainable future. She also expressed her profound gratitude to the Russian Embassy and the RCSC for the excellent cooperation, support and encouragement provided in materialising the noble objective of fulfilling sustaining development goals among the youth.

Earlier, in her welcome address, Ms. Tatiana Perova, Head, Russian Language Teachers’ Training Centre, RCSC, said that the seminar held on the eve of the Independent Day of India, has significant relevance as it focused on digital empowerment, and she conveyed her sincere greetings to the dynamic youth of India on behalf of the youth of Russia. In this context, she referred to the “Study in Russia” project as well as the Russian scholarship scheme for the broader benefit of Indian students aspiring for higher education in Russia.

Underlining the uniquely strong and special relation India has with Russia, Mr. Bipin Bihari Singh, Mayor, East Delhi Municipal Corporation, lauded the commendable timely help and assistance India received from Russia which made the bilateral relations a role model in international relations. He appreciated the initiative taken by the Russian Embassy and the RCSC in New Delhi, and the efforts taken by the International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs and BRICS International Forum in the inter-state youth tie-up and the related joint work for the benefit of all.

Mr. Rishabh Sethi, representative of BRICS International Forum, read out a message from the Chairman of National Youth Council of Russia (NYCR), Mr. Grigory Petushkov.

Mr. Aleksei Illiuviev, Second Secretary (Culture), Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, referred to the BRICS MATH on-line maths competition held recently at the RCSC was a great example in the direction of digital empowerment.  In this context, he said that the digital sector contributed over one billion dollars to the Russian GDP.

Dr. Amit Nagpal, Head of Digital Market and Media Department, New Delhi Institute of Management, noted that dissemination of information, execution of one’s right, influencing government, measuring impact and using digital application are requisite factors for the success of the digital empowerment.

Mr. Jaydev Rath, Regional Manager, Microsoft India, said that the project will bring Indian university students along with investor, entrepreneurs and incubators on common platform which may solve the process of conventional employment and bring the digital empowerment across India.

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