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IT must focus on agribusiness and agri-markets: VP

The Vice President said, the software engineers should think of ways to bridge the digital divide in the country and asked them to ensure that the skill deficit is addressed and rural youth should become active stakeholders in India’s inclusive gr

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Information Technology must also focus on agribusiness and agriculture markets to improve the farmers’ income because they are un-remunerative, Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said while addressing the gathering after giving away IT/ITeS Industry Summit Awards at the 26th Annual HYSEA Summit 2018, organised by the Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association, in Hyderabad Friday.

The Vice President said, the software engineers should think of ways to bridge the digital divide in the country and asked them to ensure that the skill deficit is addressed and rural youth should become active stakeholders in India’s inclusive growth endeavour.

The Vice President said the only way to stay on top of the tech wave is to constantly innovate and develop new technologies and solve business problems in multiple verticals using these newer technologies. This requires regular upgradation of skills, he added.

The Vice President said the IT knowledge should ultimately help the poorest of the poor, promote literacy, digital literacy and skill the skilled in our country. He further said the IT industry to increase its focus on innovation and developing new technologies, apart from skilling the youth to provide gainful employment.

Saying that innovation and intellectual property are the main reasons for the success of global IT giants, the Vice President asked companies to stay invested in intellectual property and continue focus on innovation.

Naidu appreciated the government of Telangana’s initiative T-Hub for promoting entrepreneurship and complemented the government for implementing industry-friendly policies and creating the necessary eco-system and infrastructure in the state.

He said India can become a leader in innovation and developing cutting edge technology. He called for collective and coordinated efforts from all the stakeholders, including the government and IT companies for creating the ecosystem and the environment for the IT sector to flourish.

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