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75 ‘Technology Hubs’ being set up for SCs, STs: Dr Jitendra

Post by on Wednesday, August 24, 2022

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New Delhi, Aug 23: Union Minister of State, Dr Jitendra Singh Tuesday said that Ministry of Science and Technology is setting up 75 Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Hubs in different parts of the country, exclusively for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) to promote scientific talent and uplift the socio-economic status of these communities.
Addressing, as chief guest, the inaugural session of 2-day International Conference on “Significance of Technology in Empowering Tribal Community of India” at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Convention Centre here, Dr Jitendra Singh informed that 33 such STI Hubs have already been established and 7 are going to become operational soon by DST. The Minister said that these Hubs will directly benefit over 30,000 SC and ST population through various interventions spreading across farm, non-farm, other allied livelihood sectors and various livelihood assets like energy, water, health, education, etc.
Dr Jitendra Singh also said that the Science for Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED) division of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) is providing grant-in-aid support to several Knowledge Institutions (KIs), and Science and Technology (S&T) based Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) for the holistic development of SC and ST communities.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that after Prime Minister NarendraModi assumed charge in May, 2014, the Tribal Community was given a “New Deal” and efforts were made in the last 8 years not only to give them more representation in government, but also to empower them through different schemes and interventions including in the areas of Education and Skill Development. The Minister also pointed out that during the UPA, only Rs 21,000 crore were provided for the welfare of tribal people, but under Modi, it has been enhanced to Rs 78,000 crore.
Dr Jitendra Singh concluded that when India will take the high pedestal on the world map in 2047, during the 100th Independence Day celebrations, the role of more than 25 percent SC/ST Communities will have their own golden history to tell in the AmritKaal of next 25 years.

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