Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb Saturday attended the 11th convocation of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala and asked the graduating students to take up entrepreneurship and contribute in developing Tripura as a ‘model state’.
Speaking at the convocation ceremony, Biplab said that his government is trying to develop Tripura as a ‘model state’ on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘New India’ plans. “I am told NIT Agartala has a record of 70 per cent campus placement. This is very good, but, I shall ask the students to be job creators instead of being employees. The youth force should think about the country,” the CM said.
Speaking about IIM alumnus Dilip Kalra’s success story with Make My Trip and the rise of Indian company Ola Cabs, Biplab said, “Indian students have made Make My Trip and Ola. Why can’t you do something similar? Don’t be employees, be entrepreneurs. The state government will be with you”. He asked students to work in engineering firms where they have received placements for the next two to three years and then try their hands at entrepreneurship.
The chief minister further said that Tripura is going to be developed as a major transit and logistics hub in northeast India in 6-7 months time. He said India has finalized an agreement with Bangladesh for access to Chittagong port and the state government is building a bridge with the neighbouring country over River Feni in South Tripura. “Goods will be transported from Bangladesh to Tripura. We shall develop inland water transport by connecting River Gomati and River Meghna in Bangladesh. Tripura will generate high income after 2.5 years,” the CM said.
On his plans to develop employment opportunities in the northeast state, Biplab said that he will soon start BPOs, call centres, startup centres and assist aspiring entrepreneurs.
During the convocation ceremony, Tripura Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki was awarded an honorary D.Litt by NIT, Agartala during the convocation. 22 other Ph.D scholars, 170 M.Tech students and students from Master in Business Administration (MBA), Master in Science (M.Sc), Master in Computer Application (MCA), Bachelor in Technology (B.Tech) disciplines were awarded their degrees.