Dream big,take bold steps: Ambani at IMT convocation

“Dismiss prophets of doom and voices of cynicism,always dream big and convert adversity into opportunity and fearlessly take bold steps. These three lessons have worked for me and will work for you too,” Mukesh Ambani said.

Written by Express News Service | Nagpur | Published: March 4, 2012 3:32 am

“Dismiss prophets of doom and voices of cynicism,always dream big and convert adversity into opportunity and fearlessly take bold steps. These three lessons have worked for me and will work for you too,” Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani told the convocation ceremony at Institute of Management Technology (IMT) near here on Saturday.

Ambani was the chief guest at the convocation while Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath,chairman of IMT’s board of directors,presided.

Observing that economic power is shifting from West to East,Ambani said,“This is going to be the centre of the world,not America or other countries. We have a chance and we will become an economic superpower,for which we need leadership in all spheres. With this degree,you must graduate to a higher level of aspiration as you are graduating in the times of a resurgent India. Power of youth is central to shaping future of India.”

“The impact of your ambition will be exponential on society,humanity and economy. It will be crucial to creating better life for all. Indian business must command respect from all Indians and the passion must be combined with compassion to achieve inclusive growth,” he said. Drawing attention to the “important” role of technology in India’s future,Ambani said,“Time and distance are collapsing under the impact of technology. What happens in one part affects others in other parts too. Be leaders in technology,management and innovation to make India one of the best in the world… Let’s build India that will shine in the world. We need unprecedented and steely determination for it.”

‘Nagpur will be a 4G hub’

Later,talking to journalists,Ambani said Nagpur will be one of the important hubs for 4G technology and is critical to his 4G plans being in the centre of India. “Nagpur cannot be missed in any plan of that scale and would be one of the main hubs for 4G rollout. Nagpur will soon see some investments from RIL,” he said. On being asked if Nagpur will see more Reliance investments besides 4G,he said,“We already have a polyester plant here. Soon,we will make more investments in Nagpur and will explain later at the appropriate time and forum.

On his vision of education,Ambani said,“Despite having remarkable talent in this country,none of our universities features in the top world 100. This will change very soon and Indian universities will compete globally.”

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