PM Narendra Modi addresses at the 54th Convocation ceremony of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur on Tuesday
Lucknow/Kanpur: Exhorting IIT-Kanpur students to opt for “challenges” and “not comfort”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that it was high time for the new generation of engineers to step up their efforts “to compensate for the time country wasted after attaining independence”.
“Azadi ke baad 25 saalon tak humein desh ko apne pairon par khade hone ke liye prayas karne chahiye they. Lekin tab se bahut der ho gayi… Isliye ab humein ek pal bhi nahi gawana hai…kuch kar guzarna hai (For 25 years after independence, we should have made efforts to make the country stand on its feet. But since then it has been too late. Now we don’t have to lose even a moment),” he said, while speaking at the 54th convocation ceremony at the top engineering institute.
His statement was seen as loaded with a covert criticism of the governments which ruled the country for years after independence.
Modi also compared the IIT graduates with the youth who took part in Dandi Yatra led by Mahatma Gandhi in 1930 and ushered in a golden period 27 years later in the form of independence. “It is now your turn to take the country forward and make it self-reliant by 2047 when country celebrates its 100th year of independence. A country does not achieves complete independence till it attains ‘Atma-Nirbharta’,” he said, in what marked PM’s appeal to the youth to meet global standards.
Modi said that the learning period spent by the students at the IIT have pruned them for a “larger canvas of growth”.
At the same time, he stressed the students not to become a version of the “robots they created” but have human emotions to strike a balance between “professional and personal aspirations”, which was a “must for a complete life”.
Drawing an analogy with the technical terms, the PM underlined: “There should not be password to share your joys with people.” Nevertheless, he added, the 21st century was a “technology driven” one and life without it was “incomplete”.
Modi also lauded IIT-K for making significant contributions towards technology development. He categorically referred to the floating CNG station at Varanasi as well as the development of 5G technology and renewable energy for sustainable development. He pointed out that 50,000 start-ups have been established in India in the recent past of which 10,000 have been set up in the last six months alone, insisting that it has led to remarkable improvement in ease of doing business.