Ahmedabad, Saturday: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today exhorted the youth of the 21st century to contribute to Bharat Mata’s global march without any bias, like a clean slate, a clean heart.
Addressing the 8th convocation of the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) through videoconferencing from New Delhi, he asked the youth to work with zeal to make Atmanirbhar Bharat as Nation First. The world is looking at India with hope and expectations. The youth will have to fulfil the expectations.
In all, degrees and certificates were given to 2,608 students, including 54 gold medalists and 43 doctorates.
The Prime Minister also launched state-of-the-art facilities on the PDPU campus, including 45 MW production of mono-crystalline solar photo voltaic panel, centre of excellence on water technology, innovation and incubation centre – technology business, translational research centre and a sports complex.
He said that India is poised to encourage entrepreneurship and provide many jobs in the field of energy. India should target 30 to 35 pr cent reduction in carbon footprints and increase share of natural gas in energy four times. Efforts are on to double petroleum refining capacity in five years and raise funds for that.
Mr. Modi recalled that PDPU was established with a view to produce experts for petroleum sector but over the decade it has expanded to entire energy sector. He expected the Gujarat Government to develop this Petroleum University as an Energy University.
He said that even successful persons face challenges they overcome, find solutions and succeed. He said that a large number of youth sacrificed their life for the freedom of the nation from 1922 to 1947. Now it is time for the present generation of youth to make India self-reliant, Atmanirbhar Bharat. Today’s youth are lucky to be witness 75th anniversary of Independence in 2022. India holds unlimited capacity to develop.
Mr. Modi said the other name of success is sense of responsibility which should become the purpose of life. Those who consider work as burden meet failure.
The Prime Minister charged the passing-out degree holders with success in life, in their respective profession. No work is small or big so long it is for the benefit of the nation, society, he said.
Addressing the student fraternity through virtual platform, Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani called upon the graduates to think that what contribution they could deliver to the nation and the society because as the well educated youths their education must reflect into the environment of the nation and the society.
He further stated that the objective of the good education, besides ensuring a good job and career, must also include their responsibility toward the society and nation.
In this context, he inspired the youths to rise above the levels of personal, family, and social life to perform their responsibility toward the society and nation.
Mr. Rupani also urged the students to develop ability to convert the challenges into opportunities.
He also pointed out that the Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi has set up a modern education system based on the concept of sector specific university. Thus, Gujarat has premier educational institutions such as PDPU, Forensic Science University, Raksha Shakti University, Marine University, Law University, Teachers University, Children University, Railway University and others; these institutions will make Gujarat a ‘Global Educational Hub’ in the coming times, he added.
To make Gujarat an ‘Education Centre’ of the nation, besides setting up infrastructure, we have also created a proper atmosphere in the state, the Chief Minister added.
Similarly praising Mr. Modi, who was the chief guest of the function, the PDPU’s President Mr. Mukesh Ambani said that due to competent and progressive leadership of our prime minister, India has emerged as a ‘New India’ in the world and the world’s attention has drawn towards India. His (Mr. Modi’s) confidence and dedication have been inspiring and enthusiast the entire nation.
In a short span of 14 years, the PDPU has attained the rank among the top 25 positions in ‘Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements’ (ARIIA). The PDPU is attracting the students from across the world. At present, as many as 284 students from 39 countries are studying at the PDPU, Mr. Ambani said.
‘It’s praiseworthy that even during the adverse times of ‘Covid-19’, using the digital medium the PDPU fraternity had continued its teaching and other activities’, Mr. Ambani added.
Others present on the occasion included Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, Standing Committee Chairman D. Rajgopalan and PDPU Director-General Prof Sundar Manoharan.