PM Modi announces Rs 1000 Crore aid for IIT Bombay

Mumbai, Aug 11 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a financial aid of Rs 1000 Crore for IIT Bombay and said that due to the continuous effort of the past 6 decades, it has made its place in the country’s selective institutions of eminence.

Modi said, ” Innovation is the “buzz-word” of the 21st century and any society which does not innovate will stagnate, The confidence I can see on your face confirms that we are moving in the right direction. IIT Bombay will get a financial aid of Rs 1000 Crore. It was a large number of IIT students who built the IT sector of India, brick by brick.”

Modi was addressing the 56th annual convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) during its ongoing Diamond Jubilee celebrations here.

The Prime Minister pointed out that India is now looked upon as a nursery of unicorn start-ups (worth more than a billion dollars), for which one of the biggest source of talent in this revolution are the IITs in the country.

“That India is emerging as the hub for start-ups shows the thirst for innovations… We must make India as the most attractive destination for innovations and enterprise,” Modi added.

“We must build on this… It will not happen only through government efforts but by youngsters here… The best ideas come in their minds and not in government offices,” Modi said.

He appealed to the young IIT graduates to innovate in India. Innovate for humanity — mitigating climate change to ensure better agricultural productivity, water conservation, clean energy, combat malnutrition, effective waste management and other areas.

Earlier, the IIT-B conferred an honorary Doctor of Science on former alumnus, Romesh T. Wadhvani, the founder-chairman of Symphony Technology Group in California, US.

Modi gave away gold medals to three top distinguished students of IIT-B and silver medals to 43 others in various categories.

He said innovations, along with enterprise, shall be the foundation for making India a developed economy and pave the way for a long-term sustainable, technology-led economic growth of the country.

Modi said, “- Innovate in India, Innovate for humanity, from mitigating climate change to ensuring better agricultural productivity, from cleaner energy to water conservation, from combating malnutrition to effective waste management.”

Later, Modi inaugurated the new building of the Department of Energy Science and Engineering and the Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering, at the IIT-B, that has been selected as one of the Institutions of Eminence by the government.

Present on the occasion were Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, IIT-B Board of Governors Chairman Dilip Shanghvi, IIT-B Director Prof. Devang Khakhar and others.

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