SME Times News Bureau | 14 Mar, 2019
Vice President M.
Venkaiah Naidu has called for tapping the creative potential of the country’s
youth to make India a leading knowledge and innovation hub.
students at the first Graduation Ceremony of PSG Institute of Technology and
Applied Research at Coimbatore, the Vice President said that in this age of
Intellectual Property Rights, the innovation and entrepreneurship of young
professionals will play a major role in propelling India’s economy to newer
heights and in creating an inclusive society.
that knowledge is going to be the driver of Indian Economy and will play a
vital role in improving the living conditions of the people. Therefore, India
must rise to the occasion and reorient its higher education system to be
globally competitive”, Naidu added.
Stressing the need
to harvest India’s demographic dividend, the Vice President said that the time
has come to reposition India as one of the leading economic powers in the
“We need to vastly
expand our manufacturing industry, apart from turning our higher education
institutions into world class centres of learning”, he added.
Pointing to the
need for providing our youth with the wherewithal to make them job creators
instead of allowing them to end up as job seekers, Naidu called for focusing on
skill training, skill upgradation and promoting innovative entrepreneurship to
meet the demands of various sectors, including agriculture.
youngsters to always uphold ethical values, the Vice President asked them to be
responsible towards expectations and aspirations of the larger society.
former Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri ji’s clarion call of “Jai Jawan, Jai
Kisan” which was expanded to include “Jai Vigyan” by our former Prime Minister,
Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, Naidu said that in the current context, the slogan
should read “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan”, thus
highlighting the crucial need for connectivity. Connectivity is key for
development, he added.
Speaking about the
power held by technology to transform lives, Shri Naidu said that technology
should facilitate the access to basic facilities of life such as education and
health. He added that IT brought the power of technology to our palm top. ‘Let
this power be delivered to vulnerable sections and to improve the living
conditions of the common man’, he said.
importance of learning by doing, by designing, experimenting and finding
solutions to contemporary problems, the Vice President urged students to focus
on multidisciplinary applications of knowledge and new technologies such as
Robotics, Big-Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.