PM Modi praises IITs, asks students to innovate for humanity

Published on: Aug 11, 2018 15:07 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday praised Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)s and said that their success has led to India becoming one of the world’s largest pools of technical manpower. "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," PM Modi said while addressing the 56th annual convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-Bombay).

Praising IITians for building the IIT sector in India, the Prime Minister appealed to the young graduates to innovate in India and for humanity. "Innovate for humanity -- mitigating climate change to ensure better agricultural productivity, water conservation, clean energy, combat malnutrition, effective waste management and other areas. Let the best ideas come from Indian labs and minds."

Pointing that new ideas come from young minds at campuses and not from government buildings or fancy offices, PM Modi said that IIT graduates are at the forefront of some of the best start-ups in India. He also emphasized that these start-ups have solved so many national problems.

"That India is emerging as the hub for start-ups shows the thirst for innovations... India is now the world's second largest start-up ecosystem, with 10,000 start-ups being nurtured along with funding. We are steadily climbing up on the innovations rankings in the world. We must build further on this to make India as the most attractive destination for innovations and enterprise," PM Modi said.

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