You have to create start-ups that can change the lives of millions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while addressing the 66th Convocation of IIT-Kharagpur. The degree document conferred today is also a document of aspirations of crores of Indians, Modi told students. He said their conviction is critical for the entire nation as the IIT graduates are the foundation stone of Atma Nirbhar Bharat.
“Keep your eyes on the present and anticipate the future. Keep our needs for today in mind and work towards the needs of the coming 10 years,” said Modi. He said that being an engineer, students have the capability to take innovations from patterns to patents. He asked students to study the problems of the present world and find solutions from them.
The Prime Minister said that there is no place for hastiness in the field of science and technology. “You may not get complete success in the innovation you are working on. But that failure of yours will also be considered a success because you will learn something from that as well,” he said.
The new ecosystem of the country needs new leaders, said PM. He further added that IITs do not just need to be institutes of technologies but also become institutes of indigenous technologies. “Can we give affordable, effective, and environment-friendly innovations to the world?” he asked students.
He also said that the government has made geospatial data control-free. This, he said, will give a boost to the tech start-up ecosystem and hence be a step towards Atma Nirbhar Bharat.
He asked the graduates to move forward with self-awareness, self-confidence, and selflessness towards their goals. More than 2,800 students received degrees online through the convocation. Further, 75 medalists invited to receive degrees in person along with awardees of DSc (Honoris Causa), Life Fellow, and Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Union Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre were also present at the event. Pokhriyal said the students should aim to become entrepreneurs and job-creators instead of job-seekers. He emphasised how the National Technology Forum will improve research infrastructure in the country. He urged students to work on realising the vision of self-reliant India.