This year as we all celebrate the 75th Independence Day, let’s take great pride in being the citizen of a nation that has stood resilient in the face of daunting challenges. A nation is driven by its people and that's how the 'millennial India' has paved the way for a digital revolution. One of the finest examples of the same can be seen in the fact that this year India gets its first official website for Independence Day celebrations. The whole idea is to offer the citizens an opportunity to experience something similar to live celebrations in Rajpath. This website will feature a 360-degree real-time virtual tour of the celebration venue, IDC coupled with various innovative features such as interactive filters, IDC live Radio, 50 years of 1971 victory, and war memorials. There is so much to explore. This indeed testifies to the fact that the Indians, in general, are going digital Big Way!

As we move ahead, navigating through difficult challenges, let's pause and look at the promising digital initiatives that are driving the 'millennial Indian'. First, very significant of all initiatives is the BharatNet that aims to empower more than 6 lakh villages with optic fiber for seamless delivery of internet-based services. The pandemic has completely transformed the 'digital-first to digital throughout' approach leading to an additional boost of Rs19, 041 crore fund to the ongoing project. The second, most prominent initiative aims to connect 15 railway stations in Kashmir valley with railway wifi. These are some of the stalwart efforts that are bound to transform the digital landscape of the country thereby connecting people to resources and solutions at a wider level.

This necessitates empowerment of the young professionals with the tool kit to adapt to change and innovate at all industry verticals thereby, ushering collaboration between the emerging SMEs, multinationals, and the think tanks of the country. In this context, executive education plays a critical role Hughes Education in collaboration with IIM Calcutta, IIT Delhi, and IIFT has carved a niche for itself for consistently delivering quality executive education and training needed for new-age leaders. Each alumni has been a trailblazer in his or her own capacity.