IITs have to be taken to next level as per changing aspirations of 21st century India, Says Prime Minister
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the requirements and aspirations of 21st century India have changed and now the IITs have to be taken to the next level as Institute of Indigenous Technology.
Addressing the 66th annual convocation of IIT Kharagpur through video conferencing today, the Prime Minister said, students, who have got degrees today, will not only have to start a new life but also act as the start up to change the lives of thousands of people of this country.
The medals and awards given to the pass outs are the charter of demands of the people of this country which they have to fulfill.
He said today is a significant day for building New India as the students who passed out from the prestigious institute are the representatives of the aspiration of 130 crores Indians.
Mr Modi said that engineers have the ability to take things from pattern to patent. He said self awareness, self confidence and selflessness will be the key to success in life. There is no shortcut in the way of science, technology and innovation. Even if someone does not succeed, they will learn something new as failure is the pillar of success.
Keeping in view the safety measures during the post pandemic situation, this year the Convocation is being organized in virtual mode. Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Minister of State Sanjay Dhotre also addressed the convocation.
Seventy five students including nine Institute Gold medal winners and 66 Institute Silver medal winners were awarded in person while more than 2800 students were awarded degrees in online mode.
The Institute also conferred DSc, IIT Kharagpur Life Fellow Award and distinguished Alumnus Award to 27 achievers for their contribution to academics and research, social service and public welfare. Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, Dr. E. Sreedharan, former Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Swami Atmapriyananda Maharaj, Former Vice-Chancellor, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute were among the dignitaries felicitated today.