Hyderabad: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said at a time when the entire world was looking towards the possible economic slump, India was on the move and was successful in maintaining the growth momentum.
The Vice-President was addressing the inaugural of International Conference for Development Discourse (ICDD-2019), organised in association with Research for Resurgence Foundation, EFLU, UoH and National Institute of Nutrition, in Hyderabad.
Stating that it was imperative to make agriculture a viable profession, Naidu said bridging the rural-urban divide, eradicating poverty, harnessing technology, empowering women, tackling climate change and creating jobs were all crucial to sustainable development.
“Development is associated with many words such as GDP, consumption, human development, income levels, poverty reduction, social development, free markets and westernisation. The word is a new identity of the very nation in the 21st century. It is high time experts and economists decided and defined what constitutes real development. Any development should be a people-centric and nature-centric; it should encompass improving income and living conditions of people. The environment has to be considered as a prime factor; otherwise, the future generations have to pay a heavy price,” he said.
Eminent educationist Aniruddha Deshpande said it was important to take different aspects of human life into consideration and think about a holistic approach towards development process. “We know there is a paradigm shift in technological development. And there are problems and serious challenges plaguing the country in taking the process forward,” he said.
Research Scientist Prof Guna Magesan, NIN Director Dr R Hemalatha, Vice-Chancellor of UoH Prof Appa Rao Podile and EFLU Vice-Chancellor E Suresh Kumar were also present.