IITs can help make India $5tn economy, says Dharmendra Pradhan- The New Indian Express


Through Express Message Service

CHENNAI: Institutions like IITs play an important role in turning India into a $5 trillion economy and realizing Viksit Bharat’s vision, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Monday during his visit to IIT Madras. “The next 25 years are very important for all of us.

As we entered the Amrit Kaal, we skipped a land that colonized us. India is developing at an unprecedented pace. A fast-growing India will have huge domestic demands that need to be met by our IITs,” he added.

Pradhan further said that IITs are not just educational institutions, they are the temples to create a scientific temperament and shape the future of humanity. Pradhan also urged students to innovate, bring about social change, register patents for the common good and make life easier for the poorest.

“Our students need to rekindle their inner strengths, rekindle their ‘Chetna’. Students need to think big, drive social change and become job providers rather than job seekers,” Pradhan said. The Union Minister emphasized that society has great expectations of IITs and IITians must be the torchbearers of growth and development.

During his visit, Pradhan attended a number of events at IIT Madras. He published the IIT Madras Strategic Plan 2021-27, which envisaged an ambitious growth phase for the institute. He also launched the Kotak IITM Save Energy mission, set up with Kotak CSR funding to help MSMEs reduce energy consumption, and congratulated the Mphasis team for supporting the growth of the Center for Quantum Information, Communication and Computing (CQuICC) alongside the labeling of other projects and initiatives of the IIT Madras.

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He also presented the diploma certificates to selected students of the BSc program in Data Science. The union minister also visited the 5G testbed for a demonstration at the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Development Centre, the Rocket Factory of IIT Madras-based start-up Agnikul Cosmos, the Healthcare Technology Innovation Center and the IIT Madras Incubation Cell at the IIT Madras Research Park Away from other research facilities such as the Sudha Gopalakrishnan Brain Center and the 3D printed house on campus.

After visiting the facilities, Pradhan praised the initiatives of the IIT Madras. He said the day is not far off when the whole world will come to IIT Madras to benefit from the brain research center. Ideas like 3D printing technology can revolutionize construction, help tackle displacement and enable the poor to live in dignity.

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