Narendra Modi addressed the students on the occassion of first convocation of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University.
As far as the financial crisis is concerned as situations change, within 2-5 years, we can solve that problem but if we are to save mankind from the energy crisis, if we want to get the world out of it, it is incumbent upon us that we take a long view with a holistic approach and give a rethink to the energy sector. And at the world level take strides in a new direction and come up with a battle plan so as to save humanity from this impending calamitous occurrence. If you want to fight these problems only energy sources will not get you the solution. If we want to tackle these problems then we must utilize these energy sources efficiently and we will also need a human resources chain, able youth will be required to work for energy management, and hence to tackle the energy crisis just as energy sources is an important field in the same manner those who are concerned with human resources management in this field are just as important. And Gujarat understanding the long term necessity for this founded the Pandit Deendayal University.
Inspired by the thoughts of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay we work for the cause of humanity. In the last century Gandhi, Lohia and Deendayal, three thinkers for India's future, believing in the important principles of loving our environment, thinking about the happiness of the most downtrodden in society, all encompassing development and serving Daridra Narayan, had tried to show the way to development. As this university has been named after Pandit Deendayal, when the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) discovered India's biggest gas fields, we announced that the income that would accrue from the first well would be utilized for India's poor and we'd use it to serve Daridra Narayan as a thought befitting him. Today it makes me proud that thanks to this university that has been named after that
mahapurush (great man) we are dedicating to our country this human capital, this human prosperity, this youth power. Youth power will help the world in the management of the crisis it is going through by making use of its education, its experience and its knowledge. I wish all these student friends who're about to begin their new life well and many congratulations to you all.
Pandit Deendayal University is popularly known as the Petroleum University. When we'd first begun it, we'd thought then that as Gujarat is emerging as the Petro-capital of India we will need people who take a special interest in these matters but as we've taken this work forward we've realized that though the name may simply remain Petroleum University, this university must be ready to encompass the entire energy sector - be it solar energy or nuclear energy, in all these sectors we must do research and with the aim of taking mankind forward this university progresses,
I had once written a letter to the Prime Minister and I had requested him that in the way that different countries have their organizations such as the G8 summit, the OPEC meet, the SAARC meet, why doesn't India take the lead and bring together countries which benefit from a great deal of sunlight. Those countries where solar energy can be utilized optimally should come together, make a corpus fund and set aside money for research to develop the easiest and cheapest methods so that humanity may profit from solar energy. I believe that the day is not far away when India takes the lead in bringing together these solar surplus countries as well as in the solar power sector and Gujarat's Petroleum University will also contribute greatly. We shall lead the world in a new direction.