“Make in India” appeals to the country’s best minds working in research labs abroad to come back and innovate here, said Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar here on Friday. Javadekar said this while speaking at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU)’s fifth convocation here.
Around 616 graduates and 4 PhD students received their degrees and medals from Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Mukesh Ambani, President of PDPU and Chairman of RIL, state education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama among other dignitaries.
“Sometimes it will be actually easier to accomplish the dream you thought were impossible only yesterday. Don’t take me wrongly, as it will require more hard work and dedication,” Ambani said.
“The reason for realisation of these impossible dreams is because in next 20 years technology, particularly digitisation, will solve many problems that have remained unresolved. I strongly believe that in the next 20 years humanity will see more progress than in the last 100,” Ambani said, adding that it will be a great opportunity for students graduating now.
Speaking about new initiatives of the HRD Ministry, Javadekar said, “When we speak of Make in India, it’s not just to manufacture here — it’s actually inviting back our intellectual students who are working in foreign land to come and innovate. It is also appealing to (our) diaspora and other investors to come and invest in India and that is the vision of the PM. In higher education, we are putting focus on research and innovation like there is GREEN (Global Research Interactive Network), where we want to keep back the best of our students here and give them more research infrastructure.
So just last week Narendra Modiji has decided to push, to give research infrastructure of Rs 20,000 crore in next 3 years, so that there will be no backlog of infrastructure and all research labs and everything will be available. Through that we want to encourage start-ups and incubation centres and they are already on at various IITs… Under GIAN, this year 600 (foreign) faculty will come and teach here.
Lastly, we are starting our own open learning courses. So there will be 2,000 courses available online, lectures by best of professors, material, tutorials, mid-term and final exams, certification for out students and credits for in students,” he said.
Javadekar also visited Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and Teacher’s University and held a closed door meeting with IIMA officials.
Speaking ahead of the September 20 meet at Shillong where IIM directors are scheduled to converge to deliberate on the new IIM Bill with the HRD Ministry, Javadekar said, “The IIM Bill will look to empower the 19 IIMs to award degrees instead of diplomas for the two-year PG programme. The Bill is in draft stage and will be circulated among ministries and cabinet and we are looking forward to form laws that will empower IIMs to offer degrees like NITs and IITs. The process of selection of IIMA Chairman is on…. I am here in Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar to visit IIMA, along with two other campuses, to support Modi government’s goal of promoting education.”