Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the students of IIT Kharagpur on 23rd February 2021 i.e., today and addressed them for their 66th convocation ceremony in West Bengal. He persuaded the students of IIT Kharagpur to follow the Self-Three mantra in life and added, “You will face many questions on the road you have chosen- is this the right path? Will there be a loss? Will there be a waste of time? The answer to these questions is Self Three: Self-awareness, Self-confidence and Selflessness. Identify your capabilities and move forward with a selfless attitude.”
PM Modi stated that India has the capability to become a major player in the field of science, technology, research, and innovation in the world. He said that “In the fight against Corona, the software solutions developed by IIT are helping the country. You will have to work on the health front. I am not just talking about gadgets. I am talking about an ecosystem. We have to give solutions to the nation starting from prevention to cure.”
Adding on, Modi said that personal health care equipment has an enormous market and people have made it a practice to monitor their blood pressure, oxygen and sugar levels at home. He said, “We also need to come up with technologies which can offer affordable and accurate solutions.”
The Prime Minister also sparked the idea of a clean cooking movement based on solar power and said that at least 250 million households in India still use chullah. “ If we get success here, then the search for cheaper batteries for an electric vehicle can be cross-subsidised. Who else can do this work if not the youth of IIT?” the PM interrogated.
PM also mentioned the recent Uttarakhand glacier burst and said that the country needs to think about how to make its infrastructure resilient, commencing from small houses to big bridges.
He concluded by saying, “ IITs should not just remain as Indian Institute of Technology but should work to become Institute of Indigenous Technology and take it to the next level. The more our IITs do research and come up with solutions to meet the challenges of India, the more they would biome a medium of global application.”