Noting that India is dependent on
imports in several sectors including defence and health, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi today asked the IITs to take up the
challenge of developing products in these critical fields.
He also asked these premier institutes to contribute
towards user-friendly innovations in Indian Railways and
fulfilling the vision for "housing for all" through technology
that would enable rapid construction of economical,
eco-friendly and structurally sound houses.
Addressing a conference of Chairmen of Boards of
Governors and directors of IITs here, he asked the IITs to
instill among bright young minds at various IITs a sense of
"service" towards the nation.
Citing examples of a range of defence and health sector
equipment and sensitive and security-related items like
currency ink and tear gas which are imported, he said "I
refuse to believe that India does not have the talent to make
Wanting the IITs to take up such challenges, Modi asked
them to come out with projects that can provide innovative
solutions to the common people in their day-to-day lives.
At the function presided over by President Pranab
Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan, Modi calling upon IITs to
bring about a "positive change" in the quality of life of the
people in the country.
"Science is universal. Technology must be local," he
said, while describing IITians as a "great force".
He also asked IITs to adopt nearby engineering colleges
to play a "mentoring" role and search for innovations
developed by people.
Modi said IITs must encourage their alumni to interact
with students so that their experience can be leveraged and
sought their systemic mapping and grouping for optimum
utilisation of their experience.
With ranking of the institutes being one of the agendas at
the conference, Modi opined that while global rankings are
important, "we should also set up our own parameters for
rankings, which will serve as an in-built mechanism for change