PRESIDENT ADDRESSES SEVENTH CONVOCATION OF IIT HYDERABAD
AMN / HYDERBAD
President Ram Nath Kovind today called upon youth to dream big and aim high for themselves, their families and society at large, particularly for those who are less fortunate.
Addressing the 7th convocation of IIT Hyderabad, Mr Kovind said, the country’s aspirations are no longer limited to the heavy industrial base that was created six decades ago.
The President asserted that the best scientific universities and institutions of learning are not just teaching shops or degree factories, they are the sources of innovation and incubators of technology and technology-driven start-ups.
Mr Kovind said, the second generation IITs should learn from the world class institutions and become source of innovation for the new technologies.
The President said that the best scientific universities and institutions of learning are not just teaching shops or degree factories. Increasingly they are sources of innovation and incubators of technology and technology-driven start-ups. The knowledge ecosystem of public investments in science, academic institutions and universities, research laboratories, commercial applications and private enterprise has an almost magical potential. Its best example is, of course, Silicon Valley in the United States. At the core of Silicon Valley are basic science and technology campuses and their talented faculty and students.
The President said that IIT Hyderabad has been set up in a city and in a metropolitan area where several elements for such an ecosystem already exist. Hyderabad has a long tradition of scientific discovery and application. He noted that in Hyderabad there are as many as 19 research facilities and laboratories of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Biotechnology, the Department of Atomic Energy, the Defence Research and Development Organisation and the Indian Space Research Organisation.
The President said that individually, many of these entities are doing excellent work. But there is need for cross-pollination. IIT Hyderabad is not envisaged as just an add-on to this ecosystem. Rather, it needs to be the hub of this ecosystem. It must be the connecting tissue and the catalyst for a greater synergy. He urged IIT Hyderabad to break out of silos and to encourage others to break out of silos. He said that India will judge success of IIT Hyderabad by the vitality and the output it can ensure for not just itself but for the entire Hyderabad knowledge ecosystem.
From Telangana, Mr Kovind traveled to Tamil Nadu this afternoon where he met DMK Chief M Karunanidhi at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai.
The President enquired about Mr Karunanidhi health and wished the ailing leader to get well soon. Later, the President reached Kerala where he will inaugurate the Festival of Democracy in Thiruvananthapuram tomorrow to mark the conclusion of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Kerala Legislative Assembly.
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