Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said Indian solutions for global application was his government’s goal and commitment. Speaking after giving prizes to the winners of the 36-hour Singapore India hackathon at IIT-Madras, he said ‘we are encouraging Innovation and Incubation for two big reasons, One is – e want easy solutions to solve India’s problems, to make life easier.’ ‘And another, we, in India want to find solutions for the whole world’, he added.
‘Indian Solutions for Global Application – this is our goal and our commitment’, he said, adding ‘we would also like our cost effective solutions to be available to serve the needs of the poorest countries, Indian innovation in support of the poorest and the most deprived, no matter where they live’, he said.
Stating that technology unites people, even across countries, across continents, Mr Modi proposed a similar Hackathon involving those Asian countries that may be interested in participating, with support from NTU, Government of Singapore and Government of India. ‘Let best brains in Asian countries compete to offer innovative solutions for reducing ‘Global Warming and Climate Change’, he said.
Mr Modi said India was among the top three Startup Friendly ecosystems. Noting that India had given great emphasis to innovation and incubation in the last five year, he said programmes like Atal Innovation Mission, PM Research Fellowships, Start-up India Abhiyan were the foundation of 21st century India, an India that promotes a culture of innovation.
‘We are now trying to give exposure to modern technology like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain to our students as early as in sixth grade. From school to research in higher education, an ecosystem is being created that becomes a medium for innovation’, he said.
Earlier on Monday, Modi said the IITians were making Brand India globally stronger. Delivering his address at the 56th convocation of the IIT-Madras here after distributing awards and certificates, he said that there was confidence in the abilities in the young people of India.
“During my visit to the U.S., in our discussions there was one thread common. It was optimism about New India.. The confidence in the abilities of the young people of India’, he said. Stating that the Indian community has made a mark for itself all over the world, especially in science, technology and innovation.
Mr Modi said ‘who is powering this? Lot of them are your IIT seniors. You are making Brand India stronger globally.’ “The number of IIT graduates in UPSC will surprise both you and me. You are making India a more developed place’, he added.
‘Go to the corporate world, you will see many many who studied in IIT. You are also making India more prosperous’, he added.
‘Today as India is aspiring to become a USD five billion dollar economy, your innovation and aspiration of technology will fuel this dream. It will become the bedrock of India to become the most competitive economy’, he said.