Don’t turn into a robot, keep emotions within alive – Narendra Modi

Kanpur: “As your quest for the best in the technological field begins now, don’t become a version of the robot that you create, stay human with all the emotions alive”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the new graduates of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur on Tuesday.

Addressing the students and the faculty on the occasion of the 54th Convocation Ceremony of the institute, PM Modi said: “Connect with people while working towards making India self-reliant in all fields. There should not be a password to share your joys with people.”

The PM, however, admitted that the 21 st century was a technology driven century and life without it was rather incomplete.

“Even, the hospitals are offering robot-assisted treatment these days”, he remarked. However, he added that a balance between one’s professional and personal aspirations was a must for a complete life.

Altogether 1723 students were conferred graduation degrees while 21 were awarded with certificates of excellence for their PhD thesis and some of the faculty members were also honoured om the occasion.

The Prime Minister said: “You must be experiencing the change that your years at the institute has brought about in you. Today, you are embarking on a new journey, carrying the great heritage of IIT Kanpur and its vibrant present. You learnt the academic lessons inside the classroom while your experiences outside the classroom have contributed to your personality development.”

He added: “As the country celebrates Amrit Mahotsav on the occasion of 75th year of India’s independence, you must take the pledge to make your contributions to developing India into a self-reliant country by 2047 when the country would be celebrating centenary year of its independence. Then only, India will be able to realise its dreams, an India that will smell of your sweat.”

The PM said that the Kanpur IIT had made significant contributions towards technology development, referring to the floating CNG station at Kashi as well as the institute’s contributions towards development of 5G technology and renewable energy for sustainable development.

He added that 50,000 start-ups have been established in India in the recent past of which 10,000 have been set up in the last six months alone, pointing out that the ease of doing business has improved remarkably.

Meanwhile, speaking on the occasion, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the Prime Minister’s goal was to turn IITs into institutes of indigenous technologies in order to make India self-reliant.

He said that the the PM has introduced the New Education Policy with focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), cyber security, robotics, drone technology and Internet of Things in order to meet the future challenges and urged students to work towards realising those goals.


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