IIT Bombay’s 56th convocation on 11th August 2018. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending as the guest of honor for the annual convocation ceremony. Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar, Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao, and state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis are also present on the occasion.
Modi delivered the speech at the 56th annual convocation of the institute.
Speaking at the IIT Bombay’s 56th convocation on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said,”the IITs have helped India emerge as a global brand. Describing IITs as ‘India’s Instrument for Transformation. Innovation and new technology will decide the future direction of development in which prestigious institutions such as IITs will play an important role.
At IIT Bombay’s 56th convocation, he also announced that the Government has decided to grant Rs 1000 crore grant to the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
He added, “Innovation is the buzz-word of the 21st century. Any society that does not innovate will stagnate. That India is emerging as a hub for start-ups shows the thirst for innovation. We must make India the most attractive destination for innovation and enterprise”.
PM Modi’s appealed to youngsters,” Innovate in India, Innovate for humanity. From mitigating climate change to ensuring better agricultural productivity, From cleaner energy to water conservation, From combatting malnutrition to effective waste management. This will not happen through Government efforts alone. It will happen through youngsters like you. The best ideas do not come in Government buildings or in fancy offices. They come in campuses like yours, in the minds of youngsters like you.”
However, Modi’s visit, however, has sparked a debate with student groups from IIT-Bombay questioning the motive behind it. On Friday, in a statement shared on social media, students of IIT-Bombay also questioned the government’s recent “anti-student politics”.
Several groups of students questioned the low budget allocations to higher education, the discontinuation of the Government of India-Post Matric Scholarship (GoI-PMS) for students from reserved categories (SC, ST and OBC) in institutes like Tata Institute of Social Sciences, as well as shortcomings in the new Higher Education Committee of India (HECI) Bill.
The student groups, however, clarified that there would be no obstacles stopping the prime minister from addressing the event or entering the campus.
The students also raised the issue of atrocities on minority communities over the last few years, saying, “We ask how beef becomes so important an issue that living human beings are killed for it and how the murderers get perfect impunity from the state.”
They also questioned as to how the government could “so easily” decide who a citizen is and who is not, on the basis of their religious identities.
“We demand that he (Modi) as prime minister take a positive stand and condemn all the hate crimes committed and supported by his party members,” students said.
Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar, Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao, and state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will also be present on the occasion.
After the convocation, the prime minister will inaugurate the building of the Department of Energy Science and Engineering, and Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay, the PMO said in a statement.