During his address, Prime Minister Modi urged the graduating students to innovate and work towards creating startups

Urging students to adopt the mantra of Self 3 to overcome their self doubts and obstacles, Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised them to focus on Self-awareness, Self-confidence, and Selflessness.

Students need to recognize their potential and move ahead with full confidence, he said while addressing the 66th Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur today.

During his address, Prime Minister Modi urged the graduating students to work towards creating startups and innovating things that can change the lives of crores of people in the country.

An engineer has the capability to see things in more detail and this understanding forms the basis of new discoveries and new breakthroughs in future, he pointed out. The Prime Minister urged the students to find solutions which can improve and save the lives of millions and can save the country's resources.

According to Prime Minister Modi, in the 21st century, the IITs need to be taken to the next level, "from Indian Institutes of Technology to Institutes of Indigenous Technologies" to meet the changing demands and aspirations of New India.

He emphasized the need for significant innovation for Industry 4.0 and lauded the efforts of IIT Kharagpur to transform academic research related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the industrial level, Internet of Things (IoT) and modern construction technology.

Noting that IIT Kharagpur’s software solutions were also useful in the fight against Corona, he urged the institute to work fast on futuristic solutions in health technology.

Referring to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Modi said India had emerged as a major global player in the field of science, technology, research and innovation.

A huge market has opened up not only for personal healthcare equipment but also in the field of health and fitness. "Technology has to be developed to make them affordable and accurate," he pointed out.

The government's recent decision to free Map and Geospatial Data from control will give a lot of strength to the Tech Startup Ecosystem. This would help intensify the campaign for self-reliant India and also give new freedom to young start-ups and innovators of the country, the Prime Minister said.