Innovate or Stagnate, Says PM; Praises IITs
The IITs have built brand India globally and now, become an "instrument for transformation". Innovation and enterprise are the foundation of making India a developed nation, Modi said addressing the 56th annual convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B).
"It is not just the government efforts. New ideas come from young minds at campuses and not government buildings and fancy offices," he said, adding that innovation was the buzzword of the 21st century.
The IITs have now become "instrument for transformation", playing an important role in innovation and new technology, and also mitigating climate change, ensuring better agriculture productivity, water conservation and combating malnutrition, the prime minister said.
Dwelling on the history of IITs, Modi said they were conceptualized to contribute to nation-building post-Independence through the use of technology.
"The nation is proud of IITs and what IIT graduates have achieved. The success of IITs led to the creation of engineering colleges around the country.
"They were inspired by the IITs and this led to India becoming one of the world's largest pools of technical manpower," he said.
Underscoring the importance of technology, he said 5G broadband, artificial intelligence, blockchain and machine learning will play a key role in smart manufacturing and building smart cities.
"We did not have the good fortune to die for our country. But, we can live for independent India and work for creating a new India," he said.
He urged the graduating students to focus on aspirations and keep their goals high. "If you face self-doubts that will restrict your talent."
Modi suggested the IIT-B, which is celebrating its diamond jubilee, to launch an outreach programme for students around Mumbai, which has around 800 colleges with 9.5 lakh students.
"You are fortunate to have lived in a campus in Mumbai where there is a lake on one side and hills on the other. Sometimes you have the company of crocodiles and leopards.
"It's still August, but the mood is indigo," Modi said, referring to IIT-B's annual college cultural festival "Mood Indigo", which is generally organized in December.
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