Inaugurating BTS, Bommai says Bengaluru and Karnataka are at forefront of tech
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday called upon global leaders in technology and innovation to come to Bengaluru and Karnataka, which are already technology hubs, so as to make the city and state global leaders in innovation. He also advocated the need to harness technology for the benefit of common man.
Delivering the inaugural address at Bengaluru Tech Summit (BTS), Bommai said Karnataka and Bengaluru are already at the forefront of technology and cited leaders like Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw in Bio-technology and Kris Gopalakrishnan in Information Technology.
He called upon global leaders in various domains to come to Bengaluru and Karnataka as the state has the best ecosystem in the country. “I call upon all the great leaders from all over the world to be a part of our ecosystem, be a leader, come out with flying colours, make Karnataka and Bengaluru, which are already flying high, soar even higher,” he said.
Elaborating on why Karnataka is the best tech destination, the Chief Minister said, “We have so many vision groups. Karnataka is a leader in technology because we have leaders in all technology fields, Our real strength is the talented, highly skilled human power. It is also seen in the institutions we have. There are more than 300 R&D institutions of international repute in high-tech areas here. We have policies in place for high-tech niche areas like aerospace, defence technology, semiconductors, Artificial Intelligence, renewable energy and of course IT-BT.”
‘Focus on common man’
Lauding BTS’ contribution in Karnataka’s progress in technology, Bommai said the tech summit had been a great success over the years. However, the Chief Minister wanted greater focus by the premier event on the common man. “I want bigger, specific takeaways. I want more accountability by BTS in terms of taking technology to every human life, and not only human life but to the entire ecosystem.” He called for technology and innovation to be harnessed to make the future bright for those at the bottom of the social pyramid.
Comparing Bengaluru to the ‘swan’, the vehicle of Goddess Saraswati, in the domain of innovation, Bommai expressed confidence that Bengaluru would soar to the heights of Kailasa Manasa Sarovar in the innovation domain. Bengaluru and Karnataka would emerge as global leaders in innovation and technology and even the sky would not be the limit in this regard, he said.
Referring to Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ vision, he said a ‘New Karnataka’ would lead to a ‘New India’, while ‘Make In Karnataka’ would lead to ‘Make in India’.
Earlier, Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the summit. Karnataka Governor Thaavarchand Gehlot, Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani and IT-BT Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan were among those present.
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