New Delhi, Nov 19 : After improving India's ranking on the Ease of Doing Business Index, the government now aims to improve the Ease of Living for all citizens, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Tuesday.
Addressing a conference of Directors of IITs, NITs and IIEST, Shibpur, Mr Kovind said from the technology perspective, he was confident that institutions like IITs and NITs could make the most crucial contribution to Ease of Living for all citizens.
"Improving urban infrastructure, apart from making water supply systems efficient and healthcare delivery more effective – there are countless ways technology can make a dramatic difference in the life of an average Indian," the President said, speaking at the concluding session of the conference, hosted by the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.
"This is that time of the year, when the air quality of the national capital, as well as of many other cities, worsens beyond all norms.
'We are facing a kind of challenge here that we have never faced before. Hydrocarbon energy changed the face of the world in the last couple of centuries, but now it is threatening our very existence.
'The challenge is compounded for nations battling to bring substantial sections of populations out of poverty. Yet, we will have to find alternatives," he added.
Referring to the doomsday scenarios painted by many scientists and futurologists, he said "On days of smog and poor visibility in our cities, we fear the future might already be here." Mr Kovind expressed confidence that institutions like IITs, NITs with their various specialisations, would take care to create a sensitivity and awareness among students and researchers towards a common future, an official statement here said.
The conference is part of regular interactions of the President with such institutions in his capacity as visitor to 152 Central Universities and institutions of higher learning. (UNI)