Prez calls upon academic institutions to continue their thrust on socially responsive projects

Ranchi (Jharkhand), Jan. 10 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday called upon academic institutions to let research in academic institutions become relevant for those at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid, and to continue their thrust on socially responsive projects through the medium of research and technology.

President Mukherjee inaugurated the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) and was the Chief Guest at its convocation ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said, “India cannot lose sight of fact that over 250 million people in the country languish at subsistence level of poverty. The task of taking them out of poverty may be daunting but possible.”

“Our socio-economic progress has to be tempered with a commitment to equitable distribution of its fruits to all sections of our society, particularly the backward, less-privileged and the disadvantaged,” he said.

Hailing the role of BIT, Mesra, in creating many pioneers for social uplift in cities and villages, the President said, “Its alumni by designing affordable water purification plants for hand pumps and other village water bodies, and by re-designing hospital bed servicing, they have provided the critical fruits of technology to the poorest of the poor.”

The President said to realise the productive potential of our economy. “It is necessary to provide a head start to various innovation activities. For, it is innovation, over and above capital and labour, that is the deciding factor for enhanced production in an economy.”

“The youngsters of today are brimming with innovative ideas. They require a platform to give wings to their novel thoughts. The concept of innovators’ clubs started in several central institutes of higher learning can be replicated in other institutions. These clubs can tie up with innovation incubators existing in technical institutions to mentor and develop innovations into viable products. It is necessary to strengthen the chain between innovators, technical institutions and financiers,” he said.

The President said due to the facilitative environment that has evolved, the youth today has a greater flair for entrepreneurship. “Many start-ups in India have become successful and shown the path of progress to others. The higher academic institutions have a clear role to play in refining the entrepreneurial abilities of their students. Entrepreneurial studies can be taught as a course in our institutions. Other support measures like the small industries entrepreneurs’ park of BIT Mesra are needed to prepare students to become job-creators rather than job-seekers,” he added. (ANI)

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