New Delhi, November 7
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the country would ensure “ease of doing business” for its youth while they should work for providing “ease of living” to people, particularly the poorest of the poor, through innovations.
Addressing the 51st annual convocation of IIT, Delhi, via video-conferencing, he said the post-Covid-19 world was going to be very different and technology would play the biggest role in it.
“Covid-19 has taught the world that globalisation is important, but self-reliance is equally important,” the Prime Minister said.
“India is fully committed to give its youth ease of doing business so that the youth through their innovation can bring about a change in the lives of crores of people of the country,” Modi said, addressing the graduating students of IIT Delhi.
“The country will give you ease of doing business, but you do one thing, through your expertise, experience, talent and innovation…ensure ease of living for the poorest of the poor citizens,” he said.
Modi also urged the graduating students to focus on quality, never compromise and make their innovations work at a mass scale.
“Your work will give global recognition to our products. Your efforts will lead to swifter recognition of Indian products,” Modi said, referring to students as “brand ambassadors” of “brand India”.
“The nation has seen how technology can provide good governance and reach the poor and the needy in the last few years,” he said.
“Technology has made last mile delivery of services efficient and reduced the scope of corruption,” he added.
“You may be disappointed why Covid-19 pandemic happened during our term, but think differently. You have the first advantage to adapt to new norms emerging in the workplace and world. I have realised in every corner of India, some innovation is taking place and it directly correlates with the ideology of Atmanirbhar Bharat,” the PM told the students.
A total of 2,019 graduating students were awarded degrees on Saturday.
The institute awarded President’s Gold Medal, Director’s Gold Medal, Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma (former President of India) Gold Medal, Perfect Ten Gold Medals and Institute Silver Medals to the graduating students at the convocation.
Addressing the students, Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, “Convocation does not mean that education is over. In fact it acts as a strong foundation to your entry into the field of employment.” — PTI