While addressing the global IIT summit the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “I urge you to debate, discuss and contribute to solutions in the emerging new world. The responsibility is heavy but I know that your shoulders are capable.”
The two-day summit will discuss issues including the global economy, technology, innovation, health, habitat conservation, and universal education. The theme of this year’s summit is ‘The Future is Now’.
Talking about the pandemic, PM said, “Our actions today will shape our planet tomorrow. The post-COVID order will be about re-learning, re-thinking, and re-innovating. This along with a series of economic reforms will ensure ease of living and a positive impact on the poor and marginalised.”
Modi also asked the alumni to contribute towards building an Atma Nirbhar Bharat or self-reliant India. “I urge the pan IIT movement to set an even higher benchmark on giving back to India. Your efforts for alma matter are well known and inspiring. I know that many of you encourage your juniors. Today, many of them want to start their own ventures. I urge you to share more of your ideas and inputs on how we can mark 75 years of freedom. You can share your views on mygov portal or directly with me through the Narendra Modi app,” he said.
“You are sons and daughters of India. You are serving humanity. Your spirit of innovation is helping the world dream big,” he said.
Earlier leaders including Bill Gates, Narayan Murthy, Bill Clinton, Shashi Tharoor have also been speakers at conferences held by PanIIT USA.