She said “We need an expansion of our education and research base. Research generated new knowledge, but its ultimate usefulness lies in how extensively it is used and the number of people it benefits”. Marvels of engineering and technology had been the driving forces behind human endeavor to progress and advance; these had carried forward civilizations, she added.
The President seriously explained deeper about the infrastructure. She said “From the invention of the wheel to the Wifi mode of communication; from the construction of simple dwelling units to high-rise buildings to highways, metro-systems and satellites- the role of technology and innovation has become even more critical in the 21st century as we live in a knowledge era”.
As a developing nation, India was focused on expanding its physical infrastructure, enhancing agriculture and industrial productivity, as well as improving its global competitiveness, asserted the President. She included that “India is an IT leader and a country where significant outsourced work is undertaken. We must strive to maintain our leadership in this field. We hope to make India a major manufacturing hub of the world”.
The President also stressed saying that educational institutions must make courses more interactive so that “The analytical power of the mind of students is ignited”. These institutions should help students understand the functioning of business and industry, as well the needs of rural areas.