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Modi at IIT Delhi's 51st Convocation: What PM tells students | Key points

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 51st Annual Convocation of Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), through video conferencing, in New Delhi. (PTI)Premium
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 51st Annual Convocation of Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), through video conferencing, in New Delhi. (PTI)

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has taught a lesson to the world that globalisation is important but being self-reliant is also necessary, PM Modi said
  • The PM further said the country will ensure 'ease of doing business' for its youth while they should work for providing 'ease of living' to people, particularly the poorest of the poor, through innovations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 51st Annual Convocation ceremony of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi via video conference on Saturday. PM Modi started his speech congratulating the institute for the celebration of Diamond Jubilee year.

Here are the highlights from PM Modi's speech:

1) The novel coronavirus pandemic has taught a lesson to the world that globalisation is important but being self-reliant is also necessary.

2) During his speech, PM Modi said, "COVID-19 has taught the world one more thing. Globalisation is important but along with it self-reliance is also important. The Atmanirbhar Bharat mission is important for providing youth, technocrats, tech enterprise leaders with new opportunities. They should be able to freely implement, scale and market their ideas, innovations. A conducive atmosphere has been made for this."

3) He further said the country will ensure 'ease of doing business' for its youth while they should work for providing 'ease of living' to people, particularly the poorest of the poor, through innovations.

4) "The reforms done in several sectors in recent days are also done with the same intent. For the first time, unlimited opportunities are open for innovation and startups in the agriculture sector. For the first time, the roads are open for private investment in space sector. Just two days ago, a big reform was made for ease of doing business in BPO sector," PM Modi said.

5) PM Modi told the IIT Delhi 2020 batch, "You are a lucky batch, you have scope to learn new things, therefore, make the most use of it."

6) The PM also highlighted that such provisions, which disallowed work from home and work from anywhere in the tech industry, have been removed to make the information technology (IT) sector competitive globally and provide young talent with more opportunities.

7) He also said that the NDA government is taking decisions based on the needs of the industry and future into account.

8) "The rules of the last century cannot decide the future of coming century," PM Modi said, adding that India is among those countries where corporate tax is among the lowest.

9) He further said that after the Startup India mission was launched, more than 50,000 new startups were started in the country.

10) "It is due to the government's efforts that the number of patents has increased four times. Trademark registration has also seen five-fold increase. Along with fintech, agro, defence, and startups associated with the medical sector are also growing. I have faith that in the coming one or two years the numbers will further increase," he said, adding that the passing batch today might give new energy to those startups in the coming days.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, MoS for Education, Sanjay Dhotre and students also took part in the event held on 7 November.

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