The Prime Minister said that if IITs start addressing the problems India is currently facing then they will also gradually be able to address global issues.
Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have to play the role of ‘Institutes of Indigenous Technologies’ in the future, PM Modi said on Tuesday. The Prime Minister said that if IITs start addressing the problems India is currently facing then they will also gradually be able to address global issues. India’s large population provides a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs to exercise their ideas, he added.
While addressing the 66th convocation of IIT Kharagpur in West Bengal, PM Modi said: “IITs have to be taken to the next level so that they not only remain Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) but also become Institutes of Indigenous Technologies. If IITs address problems that Indians are facing then they can also address global issues. If experiments are successful in India, then globally they are bound to be a success.”
PM Modi stressed that engineering students of IIT have the ability to study problems at different levels. He said that engineers can study the pattern of a problem and can provide long term solutions. “As an engineer, you have the ability to move things from patterns to patents. That is, in a way, you have the vision to see subjects in more detail. In this way, you have the vision to see subjects in a more detailed way,” the Prime Minister said.
PM Modi asked students to practice three mantras to follow the goals set by them: self-confidence, self-awareness and selflessness. “You have to become startups to bring about a change in the lives of people. You have to work on self three – self-awareness, self-confidence and selflessness. You should recognise your potential and move forward, move ahead with full confidence, move ahead with selflessness,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi, during his address, also asked students to develop infrastructure which can withstand the effects of natural disasters. “Climate change is a major challenge before the world. India drew the attention of the world to the issue of disaster management. You can see what happened recently in Uttarakhand. We should focus on improving disaster-resilient infrastructure that can withstand natural disasters,” he said.