Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday here asked the IITs, IIITs and other technical institutions to create an atmosphere for boosting up the ‘Make in India’ campaign so that the country could not only step in a big way to manufacture defence equipment, but also lead the world in ensuring cyber security and supply skilled manpower globally in the next few years.
“The biggest challenge before the whole world is how to ensure cyber security. We have the highest number of people working in the Silicon Valley. We are the only country in the world to be successful in the first attempt of the Mars mission. Can’t our IITs, IIITs and other technical institutions create an atmosphere for boosting Make in India so that we can take on the cyber security challenge worldwide?” Modi asked.
Interacting with over 2,500 students of engineering colleges and universities from all the Northeast at the IIT campus here, Prime Minister Modi also said that Indian youth had the potential of leading the world in cyber security. “The whole world has fear of cyber theft. Can’t our youth and students lead the world in cyber security?” he asked.
The prime minister also regretted that India was still importing various scientific and electronic goods including the thermometer despite so many world class institutions. “Our biggest import bill after petroleum products is electronic goods. Laptops, mobiles, medical equipment, all are being imported. We even import the thermometer and the BP measuring machine. This has to change. I have come to you with a big challenge. We must not only take to manufacturing electronic goods by also supply them to the whole world. Only you can take the Make in India programme forward,” he said.
Pointing at defence equipment import, Prime Minister Modi said India was still dependent on other countries for various defence requirements. “For nearly 70 years of Independence, we are still dependent on other countries for our defence requirements. We even import tear gas shells. This has to change,” he said.
Reminding the students that India today had the highest number of persons below 35, prime minister Modi said by 2030 the whole world would need manpower to run their industries. “Rest of the world is getting old. They have industries, but no youth to run them. We have to create manpower fit for the 21st-century world with the support of our skill development programme. With 65 per cent our population below 35, India can definitely meet the global skilled manpower requirement,” he said.