Work for 'New India' through 'Atmanirbhar Bharat': PM
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appealed to the youth to work for "New India" through "Atmanirbhar Bharat" campaign.
"Our nation is entering the 75th year of independence. Innumerable people of Assam had contributed towards freedom. Several people had sacrificed their lives, their youth. Now you have to live for New India and Atmanirbhar India," PM Modi said while addressing the 18th Convocation of Tezpur University in Assam through video conferencing.
"During COVID-19, the Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign has become a part of our vocabulary... The way our government is involved in the development of North East today, the way we are working on connectivity, education and health, there are many new possibilities for you. Take full advantage of these possibilities," he added.
The Prime Minister said that grassroots innovations of students at Tezpur University add impetus to 'vocal for local'.
These innovations are helping in solving local problems and thus, opening new doors towards development, he said.
"The effect of converting waste into energy is massive as well. Remains of crops have been a big challenge for both our farmers and the environment. The work that you are doing on technology related to bio-gas and organic fertilisers can solve a major problem in India," he added.
"Atmanirbhar Bharat is not only about technological advancement and progress. It has become part of everyday life of the nation," he said.
In this context, he referred to the miraculous victory of the young Indian cricket team in Australia which overcame multiple challenges to win the Test match series.
"They faced the challanges boldly and came up with new solutions despite a string of injuries and lack of experience. A positive mindset always leads to positive results which is the essence of Atmanirbhar Bharat," he said.
"We should learn to take risks and overcome fear of failure," Modi said.
Speaking about India's fight against the pandemic, the prime minister said there was scepticism about how such a large country will tackle it.
"Our Covid-19 management showed where there is resolve and resilience, resources come naturally. And today the world's largest vaccination programme is under way in India," he said.
The prime minister said immense opportunities have opened up for the students in the Northeast with improved connectivity and strengthening of the education and health care sectors.
Tezpur University's Innovation Centre and its initiatives for grassroots innovation are an example of 'vocal for local'. They are instrumental in solving the problems of the people of the region, he said.
Addressing the Convocation of the Tezpur University virtually, the Prime Minister emphasized that the students of the university should work for the betterment of North East and Assam so that the region should reach newer heights of progress.
He said that India has launched the largest Covid vaccination drive in the world and added that the country also took proactive decision to fight against the Covid. He said that the Centre is fully committed to develop the North East Region, which keeps creating innumerable new opportunities for the youth.
On this occasion, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the Assam government took various measures for Start-Up initiatives. He said that Tezpur University has played a great role in research.
Today's convocation witnessed the conferring of degrees and diplomas upon 1 thousand 218 students who passed out in 2020. Among the degree recipients, 48 toppers of various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes have been awarded Gold Medals.