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Aspire to be the best in all areas, President Kovind tells IITians

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President Ram NathKovind on Sunday urged the students of IIT-Bhubaneswar to aspire to achieve the best not only for themselves and their families but also for society and the nation and world at large.

“For a young IIT like yours, there are several challenges to be overcome. What matters is the road map that you envisage for your institute. You should aspire to be the best in all areas for that matter, be it teaching, research, social impact or having the best of infrastructure. This will not be an easy task but it is not impossible either,’ Kovind told the IITians.

While addressing the sixth convocation of IIT-Bhubaneswar, the president urged the students to avail the benefits of government schemes that encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

“As you leave this campus, you have a whole new world of opportunities ahead of you. Being bright technocrats, I am sure that many of you would consider setting up your own ventures to give shape to your innovative ideas. In doing so, avail the benefits of Government of India schemes that encourage innovation and entrepreneurship,” he said.

While encouraging the IITians, the president stated that through their enterprise they shall become creators of economic value and jobs.

“Through your enterprise you shall become creators of economic value and jobs. I am sure that you will not hesitate in taking up worthy challenges in your careers,” he said.

The president said that he was happy to inaugurate the ICT-IOC Campus and to lay the foundation stone of the Skill Development Institute of Oil PSUs.

“Apart from attending the convocation of IIT-Bhubaneswar, I am also happy to inaugurate the ICT-IOC Campus and to lay the foundation stone of the Skill Development Institute of Oil PSUs,” he said, adding, “The setting up of these two institutes demonstrates the commitment of the Government of India towards the development of Odisha.”

Set up by the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai and the Indian Oil Corporation, the ICT-IOC campus would offer a five-year integrated M.Tech programme after Class 12, Executive M.Tech programme for industrial personnel, and the PhD programme.

“I am told that the programmes on offer are being introduced in the country for the first time and shall involve active industry participation,” he said, adding, “In addition, this campus will be a hub for carrying out high-end research and innovation as well as support skill development in fields such as chemical engineering, petrochemicals, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and energy.”

The president said that the Skill Development Institute (SDI), on the other hand, will offer young people short courses on a spectrum of skills ranging from simple to more complex ones related to Artificial Intelligence, 3D printing and Advanced Robotics.

“SDI Bhubaneswar will be the country’s first Skill Development Institute in the hydrocarbons sector and make our youth more employable for industries in this sector. I am happy to know that this institute aims to train about 50,000 youth over the next 10 years,” he said.

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Mar 19, 2018

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