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Leveraging technology for social inclusion

Source | www.livemint.com | Vishalli Dongrie

Technology and digital developments in the recent years have created new possibilities and opportunities for users. The dependence on social networks for information and communication, for both professional and personal purposes, has changed the way we manage ourselves.

An inclusive growth not only fosters a high-employment economy, it also delivers social cohesion. Countries are now talking about moving towards “smart growth”, which refers to an approach to develop an economy. India, being an emerging economy, has more to gain from this. As a country, we should look at leveraging technology consistently, to enable faster economic development. Simultaneously, this will also speed up knowledge and innovation in the country, thereby, ensuring sustainable growth and promoting employment and resource efficiency.

Technology can be a catalyst for social inclusion for people across India. Access to digital platforms and technology has made it easier for people to learn, adopt and upskill themselves with ease, thus helping them overcome some of the intellectual discrimination that has persisted in society for a long time. Availability and access to content, new skills, open universities and experience sharing has made education approachable and affordable. People in the rural areas or the financially challenged cadres of the society, who could not afford premium education earlier, are today able to avail of education and are not completely deprived thanks to the digital era. There are institutions, which have emerged in the past decade, who have dedicated their efforts and vision towards increasing the employability of the socially excluded sectors of our society, like the physically or mentally challenged, low economic and financial stature individuals, etc. Leveraging technology to its fullest potential, is a positive step and is the way forward to enable the successful integration of various diversities getting acceptance and social inclusion.

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