Addressing the 66th Convocation of IIT Kharagpur today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Centre’s abolition of maps and geo-data would further strengthen India’s ‘Atmanirvar Bharat’ campaign.
Prime Minister Modi said, “The move will encourage young innovators in the country and the tech startup ecosystem.”
“India has changed in the 21st century. Now IITs are not just Indian institutes of technology, they are indigenous technology institutes. Students need to have confidence, self-awareness and selflessness,” she added.
Students were asked to take the Self 3 mantra to build their confidence and overcome obstacles in the future. He said that Self 3 is self-awareness, self-confidence and selflessness. He advised the students to move forward by identifying their potential, moving forward with full confidence, moving forward with selflessness.
The Prime Minister said there is no room for frustration in science and technology. He added that you cannot have complete success with the innovation you are working with. But your failure will also be considered a success, because you will learn something from it. He said that in the 21st century, IITs need to be taken to the next level from Indian institutes of technology to indigenous technology institutes to meet the changing needs and aspirations of the new India.
Shri Modi said that at a time when the world was struggling with the challenge of climate change, India came up with the idea of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and it took on a metaphorical form. He said that today India is one of the countries where the cost of solar power per unit is very low. However, there are still many challenges in providing solar power to households. He added that India needs technology that reduces environmental damage, is sustainable and user-friendly.
The Prime Minister said disaster management is an issue that the world is looking at India. Life as well as infrastructure is most damaged during major disasters. He realized two years ago that India had taken the initiative to set up a disaster management infrastructure at the United Nations.
The Prime Minister emphasized the need for significant innovation for Industry 4.0. He lauded the efforts of IIT Kharagpur in transforming academic research, item internet and modern construction technology related to AI at industry level. He said the software solution at IIT Kharagpur was also effective in the fight against Corona. He called on the institute to work expeditiously on future solutions for health technology. He said a huge market has emerged for personal healthcare equipment. The market for health and fitness related equipment is also growing, he said. He said India needs to develop technology to provide personal healthcare equipment that is affordable and accurate.
The Prime Minister said that after Corona, India has emerged as a major global player in science, technology, research and innovation. He said in that inspiration, there has been a huge increase in the budget for science and research. He said a few days ago the government released maps and geopathetic data from control. The move will give much impetus to the tech startup ecosystem, intensify the campaign for a self-reliant India and give new freedom to the country’s young startups and innovators.
The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of IIT Kharagpur in implementing the new National Education Policy. He praised the Institute for exploring knowledge and science as a force for innovation in our future. He requested the Institute to compile 755 new inventions created by the Institute to coincide with the 35th year of India’s independence and to bring them to the country and the world. He said these inspirations will give new impetus to the country and inspire confidence.