Inaugurating the Pondicherry Technological University on the campus of Pondicherry Engineering College on Monday, the Vice President stressed that cutting-edge research in science, technology and other fields that puts developed countries ahead of the rest. He asked the students to conduct socially relevant research and bring ideas out of the box to strengthen the country and bring prosperity and happiness in people’s lives.
Note that Puducherry Technological University (PTU) is the first state university in the Union Territory of Pondicherry to be established by upgrading the Pondicherry Engineering College established in 1986.
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Praising the steady incubation center set up at the institute for 15 start-ups like Electronic Design, Manufacturing and Drone Technologies, Naidu said India is reaching new heights in entrepreneurship and innovation. He expressed happiness at becoming the third largest start-up ecosystem in India and said that with the opening up of the space sector for private players, a number of promising start-ups have emerged in the sector.
Mentioning that there is a female entrepreneur in the lead team of 5% of start-ups, she hopes that this healthy trend will inspire more women to become entrepreneurs. Stressing on the need to provide equal opportunities to women, Naidu called for an end to artificial barriers created in the name of race, religion and gender. “You must prepare a generation to end all forms of social inequality,” he told university authorities.
Describing the huge youth population as a key force in the new India, he called on the educational institutions to inculcate in the students a spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and experimentation so that they can take the country forward.
Mentioning a number of government initiatives to support start-ups such as definition expansion, regulation simplification and tax exemptions, he called on the industry to come forward and reach out to young entrepreneurs, provide funding and support their initiatives. “The Advanced Industry-Academia Partnership needs to be taken further to make it more fulfilling,” he added.
Vice President Kovid-1 praised Indian start-ups for innovating life-saving innovations such as testing kits and cheap ventilators in the pandemic epidemic, as well as supply chain management and logistics.
Observing that the education sector was most affected by the epidemic, Naidu opined that the worst situation was over and that we were looking at a post-Kovid recovery. Noting that online education cannot be an alternative to classroom education, he stressed the need for students to return to school-college as soon as possible. Praising the world’s largest free vaccination program across the country, the Vice President called on the people’s representatives to create awareness among the people about the vaccine dilemma and see all the people in their constituencies get vaccinated.
Praising the Pondicherry Engineering College for raising the standard of technical education, he said the college has played a key role in improving the socio-economic condition of UT.
Congratulating the people of Pondicherry for getting their first state university, Naidu said it would provide many additional opportunities to excel such as collaborating with international universities and the autonomy to start new courses. He termed the establishment of PTE as an important milestone in the history of technical education in the Union Territory of Pondicherry.
Recalling the great revolutionary yogi, philosopher and poet Shri Arvind, the Vice President emphasized that education is not only for building a career or earning a living, but also for the teachers and students of “Motherland” PTU. “Let these lines serve as a guide for all of you in your future endeavors.
Emphasizing that our youth must know about the life and work of great leaders like Shri Arvind, Subramania Bharati and Chidambaram Pillai, the Vice President called for incorporating their life stories in our school curriculum.
Citing extreme weather events such as forest fires, floods and heat waves around the world in recent times, the vice president said climate change is real and everyone is urged to respect and live with nature.
During the function, Lieutenant Governor Dr Tamil Tamilisai Soundararajan, Chief Minister N Rangasamy and several other leaders were present.
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