IIT-H should remain relevant to 4th industrial revolution: President Kovind
(Sourced from PTI)
IIT Hyderabad should remain relevant to the fourth industrial revolution which will "write the script of the 21st century," President Ram Nath Kovind today said at the premier institute. Addressing the seventh convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H) near Kandi, he urged the institute to break out of silos and encourage others to do the same.
President Kovind said India would judge the success of IIT-H by the vitality and output it can ensure for not just itself, but the entire knowledge ecosystem of Hyderabad. "As a second-generation IIT, it is important that IIT Hyderabad borrows from as well as learns from the models of the past. Conditions are different from the 1950s and 1960s. India has changed," he said.
"Technology and the very discipline of engineering has evolved. Our aspirations are no longer limited to the heavy industrial base...we created six decades ago," Kovind said. "IIT-Hyderabad has to remain relevant to the fourth industrial revolution that will write the script of the 21st century," he emphasized. Kovind said the best scientific universities and institutions of learning weren't just "teaching shops" or "degree factories".
"The knowledge ecosystem of public investments in science, academic institutions and universities, research laboratories, commercial applications and private enterprise has an almost magical potential," President Kovind. "IIT Hyderabad has been set up in a city and a metropolitan area where several elements for such an ecosystem already exist. The city has a long tradition of scientific discovery and application," he said.
President Kovind noted that there were as many as 19 research facilities and laboratories of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Biotechnology, the Department of Atomic Energy, Defense Research and Development Organisation, and Indian Space Research Organisation in Hyderabad. He said many of these entities were doing excellent work but there's "a need for cross-pollination".
"IIT-Hyderabad is not envisaged as just an add-on to this ecosystem (in Hyderabad). It needs to be the hub of this ecosystem...the connecting tissue and the catalyst for a greater synergy," Kovind said. A total of 566 students graduated at the function. Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, ESL Narasimhan, Telangana Deputy CM Mohammad Mahmood Ali were among the dignitaries present at the event.