While the government is doing its level best to secure social and economic rights for the differently-abled, it is the duty of scientists to probe their unique needs and bring out solutions. These could then be offered to industry because the market of the differently-abled is quite large in India.
Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “After seeing the participants at the event, their commitment to music despite their circumstances, I am inspired to turn a page in the history of my Ministry. Under the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ project, I will endeavour to achieve technological breakthroughs in technology for the benefit of the world’s differently-abled population.
India has produced many great musicians through history. To the present generation Ravindra Jain and Baluji Srivastav enjoy instant recognition. There are possibly hundreds of other talented musicians who cannot exploit their talent because of the lack of affordable musical equipment.
He said, “India could become a hub for manufacture of wheelchairs, crutches and other aids on the one hand. On the other hand, we could introduce new musical instruments which emulate traditional orchestra counterparts –like special pianos, trumpets, violins, percussion instruments, sitar, veena, etc.”
He noted that since India is already an information technology superpower, it would not be difficult to develop the right equipment which would enable the musical enthusiasts among the differently-abled to express their creative impulses.
He said on the occasion that he would put in place the institution of the Science Fair for students of Delhi’s corporation and Sarvodaya schools. “Science fairs are the first forums in the lives of future scientists and technologists. It is time this movement is seriously initiated in the government schools system of Delhi. It would help spread the scientific temper among the new generation.”
Source : India Education Diary , 15th Nov 2014