JAMMU, November 12: Union Ministers of State (independent office) Ministry of Science and Technology; Minister of State (independent responsibility) Ministry of Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Complaints, Pensions, Space and Nuclear Energy, said Dr. Jitendra Singh today, the youth of today’s generation are children of a technology-driven world.
At an event hosted by the BJP’s ABVP student wing in Jammu, Dr. Jitendra Singh said his generation was born and raised in the world of technological change as newer innovations are very slow. The minister recalled that as a child there was only radio and nobody had heard of a television, but his teacher always said wistfully that one day we might see the face of the newscaster on the radio and the advent season of television, the prophecy came true.
dr Jitendra Singh urged the youth to embrace the fast paced changes boldly as today is an era of innovation. He said they are fortunate to have at their core a government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which wholeheartedly supports the new scientific endeavors and, through political intervention, enables India’s youth to dream big.
The minister forcefully added that the esteem of Indian youth worldwide has reached an all-time high during the last 8 years of the Modi government.
dr Jitendra Singh gave full credit to the futuristic vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who in his 2015 Independence Day address from the walls of the Red Fort had called for “Start-Up India Stand Up India”, sparking mass interest As a result, the number of startup Ups in India increased from just 350 in 2014 to over 80,000 in 2022 with more than 105 unicorns. India ranks 3rd in the global startup ecosystem.
Similarly, Dr. Jitendra Singh shared that it was Prime Minister Modi who, two years ago, removed the veil of secrecy from India’s space sector, allowing the private sector to explore new opportunities in joint missions. He said today 102 start-ups in the space sector are working in the cutting-edge areas of space debris management, nanosatellites, launch vehicles, ground systems, research, etc.
To applause, Dr. Jitendra Singh announced that India will launch its first privately developed rocket, Vikram S, in a few days from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launch pad at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Developed by Hyderabad-based Skyroot Aerospace, the Vikram S will carry two Indian and one foreign customer payload on a suborbital mission.
dr Addressing a range of policy initiatives and support schemes at the Center for the Promotion of Alternative Livelihoods, Jitendra Singh said youth need to break away from the attitude towards the government workplace that is inhibiting them from realizing their full potential. Using the example of Jammu & Kashmir’s ‘Purple Revolution’, the minister said it offers attractive start-up opportunities and those who have entered the lavender sector are making fortunes. He said it’s important to heed some of the prime examples of many young entrepreneurs quitting their lucrative jobs in the multinationals to launch their own startups, as these young entrepreneurs are now beginning to see the opportunity for greater fortunes included.
dr Jitendra Singh pointed out that a new wave of agritech startups has emerged in the country in recent years, and these startups are also solving problems related to supply chain management, refrigeration and refrigeration, seed management and distribution, and assist farmers in access to a wider range of markets.
dr Jitendra Singh said that in the next 25 years of Amrit Kaal, the Himalayan states like Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and the north-eastern states will make a significant contribution to build India’s future economy as these are the areas whose resources have been underused in the past. Similarly, he said that India’s 7500km coastline will play a crucial role in shaping India’s Vision @ 2047, adding that we must harness our untapped marine resources to fuel our nation’s economic growth.
dr Jitendra Singh called on ABVP officers and members to organize workshops to educate and educate the young generation about the benefits of alternative livelihoods through start-ups and other innovative ventures. He said ABVP should also run capacity-building programs and the minister pledged all sorts of technical and financial support for this
dr Jitendra Singh exhorted the senior student body to come forward and create a blueprint of [email protected] with scientific vision.