Dhankar: India’s shift from ‘soft power’ to ‘software power’ for global welfare

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar said on Friday that technology has truly democratized governance making it translatable and accountable, transforming India from a soft power into a software powerhouse for global welfare. The Vice-President made these remarks during his farewell address at the UNESCO, India and Africa Hackathon.

“India is moving like never before. We are the fifth largest economy in the world and we are on our way to becoming the third largest economy by the end of this decade.

Technology has truly democratized governance, making it local and accountable. To achieve this, India has leveraged the potential of digital e-governance.” India has successfully created a massive public digital infrastructure to provide fast and efficient public services, in an expeditious, transparent and accountable manner. During the pandemic, the world witnessed the manufacturing prowess of India, providing vaccines, medicines and equipment to our friends. During the difficult times of the pandemic, our strategy has helped Atma Nirbar maintain and restore global supply chains.” The Vice President also emphasized that India’s efforts towards self-reliance are not for the sake of narrow self-interest, but for the sake of the world.

“Our self-reliance is not for narrow self-interest, but for the sake of the world. Post-pandemic, the world is looking to India to provide impetus to the global economy. Not only has India recorded an impressive recovery, it has emerged as one of the brightest spot for investment, innovation and entrepreneurship in the world.” On the world stage, India raises vital issues related to the developmental aspirations of developing countries. We seek equal opportunity and equal opportunities for developing countries to advance. He said India’s transformation from a soft power to a software powerhouse for global welfare. More than 350 students from 22 countries in Africa and 231 students from India participated in a 36-hour hackathon to present innovative technology-based solutions.

Countries participating in the ‘UNESCO, India and Africa (UIA) Hackathon’ that started on Tuesday include Botswana, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Togo, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Kenya and Sierra Leone. Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The hackathon topics are – Education, Energy, Agriculture, Health and Hygiene, Drinking Water and Sanitation, which are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More than 340 students from 22 African countries are here combining their skills with more than 230 Indian students, more than 100 mentors and more than 60 residents. They did this in 36 hours to try to find solutions to 20 problem statements, said Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Technological advances have opened up new avenues for innovation and entrepreneurship in almost every area of ​​life. He added that the innovation cell in the Indian Ministry of Education is busy working on future programs that need innovative solutions.

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