Addressing students at IIT-Gn, Dr Raghunath Mashelkar urged them to first acknowledge the country as ‘My India’, then focus on reinventing India Inc through education, talent, technology, innovation and trust.In the next 10 years, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar, will be best in the country, claimed Dr Raghunath A Mashelkar, an internationally acclaimed chemical engineer and chairman of IIT-Gandhinagar’s board of directors. He was in the city to deliver a lecture on ‘Reinventing India’, as part of Principal S V Desai Memorial Lecture on Saturday.
“I am absolutely positive that with the quality of education at IIT Gandhinagar, it will be the top IIT in the country in next 10 years,” said Mashelkar, while delivering the lecture at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA).
Speaking on the recent debate over the IIT entrance test, Mashelkar said, “One needs to understand the level of stress an aspirant has to go through when he/she is preparing for multiple entrance tests. It is time to ease this burden. Excellence cannot be the prerogative of a few. A system has to be put in place where everyone gets an equal opportunity.”
Mashelkar, who considers himself “dangerously optimistic for the good”, talked on the immense potential for inclusive innovations that posses the power to change lives and fortunes. “Inclusive innovations are very important and to my mind all the grassroots innovations are such. India has mastered inclusive innovations. It is important to make these innovations affordable and make them available to the masses,” Mashelkar said. He is also the chairperson of the governing board of National Innovation Foundation.
During the lecture, he urged the youngsters, to focus on reinventing India Inc. through education, talent, technology, innovation and trust. To achieve this, he advised the audience to first accept India as ‘My India’.
“To reinvent India, talent, technology and trust are the most important requirements. Talent should be provided a platform. There is a need to trust the system and government and vice-versa for an inclusive growth. To achieve our goals, we need to speed up the process and make things sustainable.” said Mashelkar.
Mashelkar’s life journey from the poverty-stricken chawls of Mumbai to the pinnacles of R&D management and policy making, inspired the youngsters present at the lecture.
“Mashelkar sir’s lecture has inspired and motivated me to do something for my country. I will participate in street plays to create awareness on social evils like female foeticide and dowry,” said Mishika Parwani, a 17-year-old student.
Also on the occasion, he read excerpts from his book, ‘Reinventing India’ and pointed out that India is a very important part of the global knowledge network.
The lecture was organised by Ahmedabad Education Society and the HL College Alumni Association.
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