Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonchhoen Jigme Y Thinley on Sunday lauded the role of the Indian Institutes of Technology and spoke of IITians as global leaders during the closing plenary session of the Eighth PanIIT Conclave 2010 on Building a Sustainable Future: The Green Society.
Thinley appreciated the role of IITs in Indias growth. You have in fact exceeded that role. He underlined the challenges that India faces in the face of rapid growth. The challenge faced by India is to see that the growth that has taken place sustains. You have to ensure the sustainable development of India.
Addressing the gathering of IIT alumni,he said,We admire you. As a well-wisher of India,the increase in its GDP also raises our prospects.
He,however,maintained that there is a conflict between green and growth. When we talk of sustainable development,we talk of survival.
Thinley also said the prosperity achieved by India in the last 20 years is amazing.
But the question now is,how to sustain that development? There can be no sustainable future without a sustainable past and present.
According to estimates,we will need three times the resources available on this planet by 2050. Where shall we get that from?
At the three-day PanIIT Conclave,inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil on Friday,various speakers,including industrialists,academicians and former IITians,gathered for brainstorming and networking.
The theme of this years Conclave was Sustainable Transformation Our New India.
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia,who was among the speakers,also emphasised on the challenge India is facing in the wake of climate change and the need for commitment among nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Jeffrey Sachs also addressed the gathering through video-conferencing from New York.
About 2 lakh IITians from across India and abroad have come to attend the conclave.