PM Modi shares “self-three” mantra at 66th IIT-Kharagpur convocation

IITs have to be taken to the next level, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed students at the 66th convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur virtually on Tuesday, motivating them by sharing a “self-three” mantra to succeed ahead.

“While moving ahead in life, you will face many questions that will put you in dilemma. The answer to such questions is: “self-three” – self-awareness, self-confidence, and selflessness. Know your potential, and work hard,” the PM said.

At the event, Modi discussed the importance of International Solar Alliance and how its implementation in the country will help in clean cooking via energy storage batteries. “Today India is one of those countries where the rate of solar power is very low per unit. There are many challenges for delivering solar power door to door. India needs technology that minimises damage to the environment, is durable and people can use it easily,” he added.

He focused on ecosystem and start-up programmes, adding that India’s “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” campaign will encourage the country’s young innovators and boost tech start-up ecosystem.

He appreciated the innovation and active participation of the students of IIT-Kharagpur in the COVID-19 situation. “IIT Kharagpur is doing a commendable job. Your software solutions are also useful in the fight against COVID-19. Now you have to work fast on the futuristic solutions of Health Tech,” he said. The PM also showed concerns over disaster management programmes. Giving the example of the recent disaster in Uttarakhand he said, “India’s technology should aim to promote disaster resilient infrastructure so that there is prevention and cure.”

He said that requirements and aspirations of the 21st century India has changed and now the IITs have to be taken to the next level.