‘India needs innovators, entrepreneurs,’ says Education minister at NIT Karnataka campus

Union Minister for Education, Skills and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan said history provides a strong foundation for building a prosperous future. “Our country needs more entrepreneurs and innovators to realize our future ambitions,” he delivered the 20th annual convocation speech at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka-Surathkal (NITK) on Saturday.

The road to India’s strong future is in the hands of the students. He explained that the students at NITK, Surathkal, have made a name for themselves around the world and said they must now also aim to transform into job creators.

Expanding beyond engineering, strengthening the research and innovation climate is what is expected of an institute, he said, while emphasizing the need to boost research to help India become a developed nation . Focus areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analysis, electronics, genome editing, 3D printing are the way forward. The world expects India to play a key role in humankind’s future development and regain its glory as “Vishwa guru,” Pradhan said.

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“NEP 2022 is an attempt to blend the ancient with the modern to strive to produce well-rounded citizens of the world. Our students should be informed by Dr. Let Kalam inspire and work to change the destiny of India,” the minister added.

He praised the biogas plant built at NITK and said the plant will convert food waste on campus into biogas. The NITK contributes to national efforts to promote Waste to Prosperity.
“I proposed to the NITK to set up a fully-fledged sustainable energy department. In the times to come, Surathkal will drive our green goals and emerge as a beacon of energy transition.”

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In his address, NITK Director Professor Prasad Krishna said that a BTech program in Computational and Data Science will be launched in the academic year 2022-23 to keep up with increasing domestic and global demand.

In the period 2021-22, 405 well-known companies had registered for campus internships. About 93 per cent of UG students were recruited and the maximum salary was Rs 45.03 lakh per year. A total of 1787 candidates graduated during conscription. Among them are 126 PhD, 817 PG and 844 B-Tech students. Nine B-Tech students and 30 PG students received the institute’s gold medals and medals sponsored by various agencies during convocation to secure the highest CGPA.

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The Union Minister had previously inaugurated the newly built building for the Central Research Facility (CRF) and the School for Interdisciplinary Studies and laid the foundation stone for the construction of the lecture hall complex.

K Yajnanarayana, Managing Director of Sona Group of Industries, and Milind Baride, Vice President of Indian Region Maire Tecnimont were guests of honor.

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