Science and Technology (S&T) and Information and Communication (ICT) have ushered a speedy upheaval that has turned up the progress of the society at a swift pace. With the aim to stretch out to the remotest nooks of the country and to bring about sustainable development in these regions, a viable network of S&T, ICT and the ordinary people have to be founded.
Science and Technology
A systematic attempt has to be achieved to harness modern S&T for rural development supported by the energetic cooperation and participation of the rural people. Fresh ingenious technologies that favour the rural aura require to be upgraded with the vigorous partaking, knowledge and feedback from the rural people. With the purpose of diffusing these technological inventions to the deepest backward rural communities, a forceful system and participation of scientists, research and development (R&D) institutions, technology transfer agencies, universities, social scientists, environmentalists and the rural beneficiaries needs to be build up. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and other agricultural universities have lent suggestively by engaging the farmers and supported in attaining self-sufficing in food grains. Likewise, efforts should be put into practice in other sectors like handlooms, leather, pottery, woodwork, iron work and other such craft-oriented livelihoods.
Information and Communication
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) embraces telecommunication, computers and the Internet, in association with the broadcasting media that boost to like include the farthest and retrograde societies into the global mainstream. ICT has, in recent times, the most rigorous impact on the society globally. It influences everyone on four states: individuals, group organizations and network. Cob webbing worldwide is pioneering compact cooperation of large enterprises and countries. The economies of many countries are becoming dependent on electronic commerce or e-commerce. ICT is viewed as a feasible implement to strengthen and enlighten communities particularly in rural pockets in India. The mushrooming of the telecommunications and Internet facilities in the Indian villages has contributed to improve linkages of the rural people with mainstream. This upgraded connectivity will definitely enrich the people in partaking decision making processes that have a bearing on their wellbeing.