Embrace challenges over comforts: PM Modi at IIT, Kanpur

Published By : Admin | December 28, 2021 | 11:02 IST
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“Just like this is the Amrit Kaal of the nation, in the same way, it is the Amrit Kaal of your life”
“Today, the thinking and attitude of the country is the same as yours. Earlier, if the thinking was that of perfunctory work, then today the thinking is action and result-oriented”
“The country has lost a lot of time. In between, two generations have passed. so we don't have even two minutes to lose”
“If I am sounding impatient, that is because I want you to become impatient for a self-reliant India in the same way. Self-reliant India is the basic form of complete freedom, where we will not depend on anyone”
“If you are looking for challenges, you are the hunter and the challenge is the hunted.”
“When it comes to sharing of joy and kindness, do not keep any password and enjoy the life with an open heart”

Is it necessary to be so serious during Convocation? Looks like a lot of information has been given! Hello everyone! Present in the program are the Chief Minister of UP Yogi Adityanath ji, Dr K Radhakrishnan ji, Prof Abhay Karandikar ji, Professors of IIT Kanpur, all the students, other dignitaries, and all those who are receiving degrees from this historical institute. Today is a day of double happiness for Kanpur. Today, on one hand, Kanpur is getting Metro facilities, while on the other hand, the world of technology is getting invaluable gifts like you from IIT Kanpur. I wish all my young friends all the best. Congratulations to the students who have been honored today. Your parents, family members, teachers, professors and countless others have also contributed behind your degree. I heartily congratulate all of them, especially your parents.

Friends,

In between getting admission to IIT Kanpur and your graduation today, you must be experiencing a huge change in yourself. You must have had the fear of the unknown, a query of the unknown before you came here. Earlier, the scope of your knowledge and queries was limited to your school, college, friends, family and loved ones. IIT Kanpur has brought you out of that and given you a huge canvas. There is no fear of the unknown anymore. Now you have to move ahead to explore the entire world with conviction. Instead of the query of the unknown, there is now a quest for the best, the dream to conquer the world. As much learning that took place in your classrooms, you have experienced as much outside your classrooms, among your peers. Your ideas expanded in classrooms whereas your personality expanded and evolved outside the classrooms. What you have earned in IIT Kanpur and the ideas that have been enriched is such a strong foundation and force that you will do something new, unique and add some value wherever you go. Your training, skills and knowledge will definitely help you to make a strong place in the practical world. The personality that you have developed here will give you a strength with which you will benefit the society as a whole, give new strength to your society and your country.

Friends,

You have lived the historical period of the magnificent legacy of IIT here. You have lived the present with the splendor of a diverse India. You are embarking on your journey to a brighter future on a magnificent legacy and vibrant present, the two pillars, the two tracks. May this journey be auspicious and may it be full of successes for the country! This is my wish for all of you.

Friends,

This year India has entered the 75th year of its independence. We are celebrating Amrit Mahotsav. Kanpur, from where you got your degree, has its own glorious history. Kanpur is one of the few cities in India that is so diverse. From Satti Chaura Ghat to Madari Pasi, from Nana Saheb to Batukeshwar Dutt, when we visit this city, it seems as if we are visiting that glorious past, the glory of the sacrifices of the freedom struggle. In the midst of these memories, you all have the responsibility to guide the country for the next 25 years, to give momentum to the country. Imagine when the Dandi Yatra was launched in 1930, it had agitated that time period, the entire country. The country was so charged up at that time that it had created an unprecedented faith in the people of India for independence and had filled the minds of every Indian with the faith of victory. The period of 1930 was the golden phase in the life of the youth who were 20-25 years old for their journey till 1947 and the achievement of independence in 1947. In a way, you are also stepping into the golden era. This is the golden era for you. Just as it is the virtuous period for the nation, it is also the virtuous period of your life. When you are graduating with the legacy of IIT during the Amrit Mahotsav, carry with you the dreams of what will be the India of 2047. In the next 25 years, you have to take the reins of India's development journey. You will have to take the initiative now for what India will be like when you will complete 50 years of your life. And I know, Kanpur IIT, the atmosphere here, has given you that strength that now no one can stop you from fulfilling your dreams. This era, this 21st century, is completely technology-driven. In this decade also, technology is going to dominate in different fields. Life without technology would be incomplete in a way. This is the age of competition of life and technology and I am sure you will be ahead in this. You have spent important years of your youth in becoming an expert in technology. What could be a bigger opportunity for you? You have a huge opportunity to contribute in the field of technology in India as well as in the entire world.

Friends,

Our IITs have always been the incubation centers of talent and technology and IIT Kanpur has its own distinct reputation. The world's first floating CNG filling station at Khidkiya Ghat in Banaras, which you have developed through your own company Aquafront Infrastructure, is the best. Similarly, you have developed the state of the art technology in the field of agriculture, created the world's first portable soil testing kit. In 5G technology, the skills of IIT Kanpur match global standards. This institute deserves congratulations for many such successes. As such, your responsibilities have multiplied. Today, there is a huge scope in the field of Artificial Intelligence, energy and climate solutions and high-tech infrastructure in the country. Even sectors like health are becoming technology-driven today. We are entering the era of digital diagnosis, the era of robot-assisted treatment. Health devices have now become essentials at home. We can also face the challenges in disaster management only through technology. Imagine we are at the threshold of so many possibilities. These possibilities are for you, you have a big role in them. These are not only your responsibilities towards the country, but these are the dreams that have been lived by so many generations. You and your generation have got that privilege to make those dreams come true, to make a modern India.

Friends,

The 21st-century era you are in today is about setting big goals and putting all your energy into achieving them. The thinking and attitude of the country are same as yours. In the past, if the thinking was to work somehow, then today the thinking is to do something different, to get the best results. In the past, if there was an attempt to avoid problems, today resolutions are made to solve the problems. That too, permanent solutions! AatmaNirbhar Bharat is a great example of this.

Friends,

We have often seen that when someone turns 20-22, the elders of the family repeatedly tell him to stand on his feet. And I am sure that when you go home from here, the first thing you will hear from your parents is that their duty is over and now it is time for you to stand on your own two feet. Every parent is going to say this and if there is any delay, then you will have to hear it again and again. The elders and parents do this so that you become self-reliant, you recognize your potential and you turn your dreams into resolutions and commit wholeheartedly to achieve them. Even our India started its journey anew after independence. When 25 years passed since the independence of the country, we too should have done a lot to stand on our own feet. It is too late since then; the country has lost a lot of time. Two generations have passed in between, so we don't have to lose even two moments.

Friends,

You must be finding impatience in my words and it is natural that you must also be feeling impatient. When I am among all of you on the land of Kanpur, I also want you to be impatient for a self-reliant India. Self-reliant India is the very essence of complete independence, where we will not depend on anyone. Swami Vivekananda had said -- Every nation has a message to deliver, a mission to fulfill, a destiny to reach. If we are not self-reliant, how will our country achieve its goals and reach its destination?

Friends,

You can do this. I trust you. And when I am saying so many things today, doing so many things, I see your face in them. I see your face behind the changes that are taking place in the country today. The country will also get the power to achieve the goals that the country is setting today. You are the ones who will do it and you have to do it. These infinite possibilities are for you, and you have to realize them. When the country celebrates 100 years of its independence, that success will have the smell of your sweat and your hard work will be recognized. And you know very well how the country has worked over the years to lay the foundation of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat to make your job easier. In the last seven years, programs like Start-up India, Stand-up India have been launched in the country. The country is creating new avenues for the youth through the Atal Innovation Mission and the PM Research Fellowship. With the National Education policy, a new generation of futuristic temperament is being prepared. The ease of doing business has been improved, policy blockades have been removed and the results of these efforts are before us in such a short time. In this 75th year of independence, we have more than 75 unicorns, more than 50,000 start-ups. Of these, 10,000 start-ups have emerged only in the last six months. Today, India has emerged as the second largest start-up hub in the world. So many start-ups have been started by the youth of our IITs. According to a recent report, India has become the third largest unicorn country in the world, leaving behind many developed countries.

Friends,

Nowadays, there is talk of globalization and also its pros and cons. But there is no dispute over one thing. Who wouldn't want Indian companies to be global, India's products to be global? One who knows IITs and knows the talent here, knows the hard work of the professors here, he believes that the youngsters of IITs will do it. And today, I also want to assure professionals like you that the government is with you in every way.

Friends,

You have to remember another important thing. Many people will also suggest shortcuts for convenience in the journey which is going to start from today. But my advice would be that if you have to choose between comfort and challenge, then choose the challenge and not comfort, because, whether you like it or not, life is full of challenges. Those who run away from them become their victims. But if you are looking for challenges, you are the hunter and the challenge is the hunted. Therefore, you have to be a human being who seeks out problems; and finds solutions according to your own choice. Friends, all of you are the finest tech minds of IIT. You all eat, drink and breathe technology. You are constantly engaged in innovations. Yet, in the midst of all this, I have a request. Technology has its own strengths, there is no harm in that and this is also your passion. But while living in the world of technology, you should never forget the human element of life. You should never create your own robot versions. You should keep alive your feelings, your imaginations, your creativity and your curiosity. You should also give importance to those things in your life, which we do not necessarily get only with the help of technology. You should definitely work on the Internet of Things but do not forget the emotion of things. You should definitely think about Artificial Intelligence but should also remember human intelligence. You should continue coding but should also maintain your connection with people. Your association with different people, people of different cultures, will only improve your personality. It shouldn't be that your brain does H.T.T.P 404 - page not found when it comes to exhibiting emotions. When it comes to sharing, sharing of joy and kindness, never keep a password; rather enjoy life with an open heart. By the way, when I mentioned sharing of joy, I know these words must be reminding you of so many things. You are going to miss gossip at Sagar Dhaba and Kerala Café, the taste of the Campus Restaurant, Coffee of CCD, Kathi Rolls at O.A.T, tea and jalebi at M.T., Tech-Kriti and Antaragni. This is the name of life. Places change, people meet and leave, but life goes on. This is called ‘Charaiveti, Charaiveti, Charaiveti’ (keep going). I see many students listening to me from other lecture halls due to the Corona protocol. If I have your permission and there is no problem with protocol then I will go there to meet you in person. May you succeed in your career, may your success be the success of the country! With this wish, I put an end to my speech. Best wishes to all of you once again. Thank you very much!

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