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"PM exhorts IITs to provide innovative solutions to problems faced by common people"

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today called upon IITs to provide innovative solutions to problems faced by common people in their day-to-day life. 

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The Prime Minister was addressing a Conference of Chairmen of Boards of Governors, and Directors of IITs at Rashtrapati Bhawan. "Science is universal. Technology must be local," the Prime Minister said, calling upon IITs to give projects related to local needs and requirements to their students, so that they can find innovative solutions as they pursue their studies. He said this would lead to a positive change in the quality of life of people, besides instilling a sense of "service" towards the nation, among the bright young minds at IITs. "How can IITs teach our students the science of thinking and the art of living," the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister mentioned several examples where India is critically dependent on imports, ranging from defence equipment, to the health sector, to sensitive and security-related items like currency ink and tear gas. "I refuse to believe that India does not have the talent to make these things," the Prime Minister said, asking IITs to take up such challenges.

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Giving two more specific examples, the Prime Minister asked IITs to contribute towards fulfilling the vision of "Housing for All" through technology which would enable rapid construction of economical, eco-friendly and structurally sound houses. He also said IITs could contribute towards user-friendly innovations in the Indian Railways.

The Prime Minister also called upon IITs to adopt nearby engineering colleges, and play a role in mentoring them. He asked IITs to search for innovations that people may have developed in their neighbourhood, and which could serve as inspiration for path-breaking changes.

Describing "IITians" as a "great force," the Prime Minister said IITs must encourage their alumni to interact with students, so that their experience can be leveraged. He also called for a systematic mapping and grouping of IIT alumni, so that their experience can be used in different sectors. 

The Prime Minister praised President Pranab Mukherjee's initiative for the education sector, and said his guidance will benefit the nation, and future generations in a big way. The Prime Minister said while global rankings are important, we should also set up our own parameters for rankings, which will serve as an in-built mechanism for change and improvement.

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Prime Minister reviews availability & supply of oxygen and medicines
May 12, 2021
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GoI is in regular touch with the manufacturers to enhance production of medicines & extend all help needed
Production of all drugs including Remdesivir have been ramped up significantly in the last few weeks
Supply of oxygen is now more than 3 times the supply during the peak of first wave

PM Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting to review the availability & supply of oxygen & medicines.

PM was briefed that the Government is actively monitoring the supply of drugs being used in the management of Covid as well Mucormycosis. The Minister updated PM that they are in regular touch with the manufacturers to enhance production & extend all kind of help needed. PM was also informed about the current production & stock of APIs for each such drug. It was discussed that states are being provided medicines in good quantities. PM was also apprised that the production of all drugs including Remdesivir have been ramped up significantly in the last few weeks. PM said that India has a very vibrant Pharma sector and Government’s continued close coordination with them will ensure proper availability of all medicines.

PM also took stock of the situation on oxygen availability and supply in the country. It was discussed that the supply of oxygen is now more than 3 times the supply during the peak of first wave. PM was briefed about the operations of oxygen rail and sorties by IAF planes. PM was also informed about the status of procurement of Oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders as well as the status of PSA plants being installed across the country.

PM also remarked that states should be asked to operationalize ventilators in a time-bound manner and resolve technical & training issues with the help of the manufacturers.