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Science Technology Innovation (STI) Hub inaugurated in Aizawl

Speaking on the occasion, Babu said that India has undergone a revolution in the digital arena as the country is not only heading towards a 6G revolution, but calculating cost of living based on digital needs.

AIZAWL:

As part C20 working group on Education & Digital Transformation, Mizoram Governor K. Hari Babu inaugurated the Science Technology Innovation (STI) Hub in Aizawl on April 24.

Speaking on the occasion, Babu said that India has undergone a revolution in the digital arena as the country is not only heading towards a 6G revolution, but calculating cost of living based on digital needs.

“Earlier, we used to calculate the per capita cost of living on the basic needs of roti, kapda aur makaan, which means food, clothing and shelter. However, in a modern digitized society, these parameters have changed because our basic and fundamental needs have gone beyond these three things. Today, we need to calculate the index of cost of learning. And, in a modern society, the cost of learning is parallel to the cost of living. The cost of learning includes tools of learning and acquiring knowledge,” the governor said.

Stating that India has become a knowledge hub, the governor pointed that the true index to measure an economy is not its GDP (Gross Domestic Product) but its GDKP (Gross Domestic KNOWLEDGE Potential).

“The ‘K’ factor, which is the knowledge factor, is critical, and India is far ahead of others in the knowledge factor,” he added.

The governor further mentioned that use of technology to enhance education and knowledge, are the true measure of a successful and growing nation.

Likewise, Mizoram chief Secretary Dr Renu Sharma recognized the present Modi-led government’s thrust on digital literacy but underlined the fact that digital infrastructure needs a higher outlay of funds in the state.

She however noted with pride that Mizoram state of literacy percentage is the second highest in the country, second after the state of Kerala. She said tribal culture is blessed with gender equality and therefore the percentage of literacy amongst Mizo women is as high as 89.7 per cent.

Notably, the working group on Education and Digital Transformation under C20 is headed by Dr Prema Nedungadi, chairperson of AmritaCREATE, of the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had nominated Ma Amritanandamayi Amma as the Chair of C20 which is Civil 20 group under G20. India holds the G20 Presidency for this year.

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