Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attended the 54th convocation ceremony of IIT Kanpur where he issued digital degrees to the students. The highlight of these degrees is that they use the institute’s internal blockchain-based technology to confer digital degrees to the students.
Speaking at the event, PM Modi advised the students not to choose comfort over challenge. “Whether you want it or not, there are bound to be challenges in life. Those who run away from them become their victims. But if you are looking for challenges, you are the hunter and the challenge is the victim,” PM Modi said at the convocation at IIT Kanpur.
PM Modi also advised the students to keep alive their sensitivity, curiosity, imagination and creativity. He encouraged them to be sensitive to the non-technical aspects of life as well. “When it comes to sharing happiness and kindness, don’t keep a password and enjoy life with an open heart,” he said.
Talking to the students, PM Modi said that a lot of time has been wasted since India completes 25 years of independence. “By the time the country completes 25 years of independence, we should have done a lot to stand on our feet. It is too late since then, the country has lost a lot of time. Meanwhile, 2 generations have passed. So we don’t have to lose even two moments,” he said.
The Prime Minister also touched upon the possibilities that existing technologies present to professionals today such as AI, energy, climate solutions, technology in health solutions and disaster management. “These are not just your responsibilities but dreams of many generations that you have been fortunate to fulfill. This is the time to decide on ambitious goals and try with all your might to achieve them,” he said.
Apart from this, PM Modi also talked about India’s startup culture in India. He said that in this 75th year of independence, India has more than 75 unicorns, more than 50,000 start-ups. Of these, 10,000 have come only in the last six months. Today India has emerged as the second largest startup hub in the world. Many startups have been started by the youth from IITs. “Which Indian would not want Indian companies and Indian products to be global. One who knows IIT, knows the talent here, knows the hard work of the professors here, believes that the youth of IIT will definitely do it.
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