The president said that the IITs have demonstrated to the world India’s capabilities in the domains of education and technology.
“In more ways than one, the story of IITs is the story of independent India. The IITs have greatly contributed to the enhancement of India’s position in today’s world arena. IIT faculty and alumni have shown the world our brainpower,” he said.
“Some of those who studied at IIT Delhi and other IITs are now at the forefront of the digital revolution sweeping the world. Furthermore, the impact of IITs has gone beyond science and technology. IITians are leaders in all walks of life: in education, industry, entrepreneurship, civil society, activism, journalism, literature, and politics,” the president said.
Murmu said that the latest example of social concern from IITs was seen during the initial phase of the pandemic. Rising to the challenge of containing the virus, IIT Delhi launched major research and development projects.
It designed and developed rapid antigen test kits, PPE, antimicrobial fabrics, high-efficiency face masks, and low-cost ventilators, among other things, it said.
IIT Delhi’s contribution to India’s fight against the coronavirus has been a model for how engineering and technology institutions can play a role in a public health crisis, he added.
“By 2047, when we will celebrate the centenary of Independence, the world around us will have changed dramatically, thanks to the fourth industrial revolution. Just as 25 years ago we were not in a position to imagine the contemporary world, today we cannot visualize how artificial intelligence and automation are going to transform life.
“With our high population numbers, we need to have foresight and strategies to deal with the forces of the future where disruptions will be a new normal. The nature of employment will change completely,” he noted.
Pointing to the fact that climate change poses a serious challenge, the president said that as a developing country with a high population base, our energy requirement for economic growth is very high.
“So we must move from fossil fuels to renewable energy,” the president said.
Speaking at the occasion, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the IITs will further motivate our educational fraternity to achieve the goals of ‘Amrit Kaal’.
He also congratulated IIT Delhi on its illustrious 60-year history, saying the institute has played a crucial role in promoting national progress.
“It is a source of great pride that today many developed countries are showing interest in establishing and hosting IIT campuses abroad in their countries. This is a reflection of the skill, strength and quality of our prestigious IITs,” said Pradhan.