"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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Barmer's bustling welcome for PM Modi as he addresses an election rally in Rajasthan
April 12, 2024
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The BJP's commitment is to empower the Janjatiya community in Rajasthan, including the Meghwal, Langha and Manganiar communities
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Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi was accorded a bustling welcome by Barmer as he addressed an election rally in Rajasthan. He said, "Rajasthan represents valour and courage along with a resolve to enable a 'Viksit Bharat.'" He added that looking at the popular support, the people are determined for '4 June 400 Paar, Fir ek Baar Modi Sarkar.'

Speaking on the Congress Party's six-decade-long rule, PM Modi said, "The Congress has ruled for more than six decades but has not been able to resolve even a single issue comprehensively." He said, "The land of Rajasthan that has sacrificed so much for India has been deprived of water by the Congress party for decades." He added that our government prioritized drinking water for all through the 'Jal Jeevan Mission'.

Addressing Congress's narrow mindset on the rural development of India's border villages, PM Modi said, "Congress' mindset is against the rural development of border villages, and hence, all the border areas were deprived of their development under Congress rule." He added that our priority has been the development of border villages and enabling the last-mile saturation of development benefits to all.

Elaborating on tribal welfare, PM Modi said, "On one hand, the Congress ignored the Janjatiya community, and on the other hand, our government is devoted to their holistic empowerment." He added that initiatives like Eklavya Residential Schools and Mission to eliminate Sickle Cell Anemia have pioneered tribal development in Rajasthan. He said it was the BJP government's prerogative to ensure that India has a President from the Tribal community. He said, "The BJP's commitment is to empower the Janjatiya community in Rajasthan, including the Meghwal, Langha and Manganiar communities, among several others. He added that PM Vishwakarma Yojana and PM KISAN Yojana have been implemented to improve people's lives.

Highlighting the plight of the SC-ST-OBC under Congress regimes, PM Modi said, "Congress has discriminated with SC-ST-OBC for over 6 decades." He added that the Congress spreads rumours about India's vibrant constitutionalism. He said, "The Congress party that denied Babasaheb Ambedkar the Bharat Ratna and imposed the National Emergency, stifling the freedoms of Indian citizens should be the last one to speak on India's Constitution." He added that the Congress manifesto reeks of the ideals of the Muslim league. He remarked, "It is the same Congress that committed a blunder stating that India should give up its nuclear arsenal, despite knowing the nuclear threat posed by India's two neighbours." He said that the I.N.D.I alliance only aims to weaken India's territorial integrity and security.

Regarding the abrogation of Article 370, PM Modi said that the I.N.D.I alliance questions about the relationship Rajasthan has with Kashmir. Kashmir is an integral part of India, and every Rajasthani is proud. He remarked, "The same question about Rajasthan's relationship with Kashmir must be posed to 'Bhikharam Moond' & 'Babosa Ramdev Ji'. By questioning like this, the Congress Party only aims to divide India. He said, "Opposing the Pran-Pratishtha of Shri Ram and the CAA showcases Congress' tendency always to disrespect India's vibrant culture."

In conclusion, PM Modi said that Congress doesn't deserve a single vote for the sins they committed. He thanked the people of Barmer for coming out in support of BJP in such large numbers. He requested them to vote for the BJP to ensure the continuous development of India in envisioning a 'Viksit Bharat.'