Even though India is second top in the world for internet connections, first being China, the country lags behind in making the optimum and healthy usage of the internet and digital data. This was the consensus conclusion at the two-day-long national seminar on `The Making of Digital India’ which commenced at Khalsa College for Women (KCW) here today.
The experts were of the view that youth is still not making the best use of the internet which is the treasure trove of information but waste time in clicking selfies, sharing jokes and unnecessary information. During his key note address, Dr. Manjit Singh, Professor and HOD, Punjabi University, Patiala highlighted the relevance and rationalization of digitalization in the country. He said digital India campaign is bringing paradigm shift in the governance in the country as we are on the way to empower the nation digitally.
He emphasized on creating digital infrastructure and government services’ availability to citizens electronically by improving online services, increasing Internet connectivity and by making the country digitally literate with the help of technology. ``With 47 crores internet connections India is second in world for connectivity but when its comes to educative use of the net, India’s ranking is amongst the worst countries as we are still to learn to make optimum use of the digital information stacked all over”, said he.
Chief guest at the seminar Khalsa College Governing Council honourary secretary RMS Chhina meanwhile said the stakeholders of 'Digital India' including academicians, researchers, policy makers, scientists, entrepreneurs and civil society members must take active part in in crating the digitally empowered and aware society. After inaugurating the seminar formally, Chhina said that we must put learning over education, help in re-skilling people, create new sustainable employment opportunities and boost economic growth provided it is used in the right direction. He highlighted that seminars like these promote sharing of multiple views of knowledge creation and are the critical means whereby the quality of academic learning, discovery and engagement can be enhanced, broadened and enlivened.
Dr. Sanket Vij from Rohtak and Dr. Balwinder Singh, finance development officer (FDO), GNDU, Amritsar also spoke in length on the issue. KCW Principal Manpreet Kaur in her address emphasized the role of Digitalization on Agricultural Businesses, Business Environment, Socio-Cultural Transformation and Financial Inclusion in Digital India, Human Resource Management and effects on organizational behavior in the digitally enabled world. She highlighted that this digital transformation in the lives of citizens that has been embarked on, has its own challenges emanating which needs to be managed and co-created using collective intelligence.
Dr. Suman Nayyar, HOD, Dept. of Commerce and Management delivered the vote of thanks to conclude the ceremony and extended gratitude towards all the participants from all walks of life for sharing their noble insight and scholarly vision. She emphasized that such experiences will help students and staff to learn how their perceptions and theories might be influenced and shaped by other cultural and geographic environments. Dr. Ritu Dhawan, Convener and Dr. Saurabh Grover, Co-Convenor along with the members of the organizing committee, staff and students were present.