PM calls for fusion of traditional knowledge and modern science

23-09-2020

Guwahati (UNI)

Calling for a fusion of traditional knowledge and modern science for evolving new technologies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged students to focus on local issues while moving towards a bigger canvas. Speaking at the 22nd Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, held as a virtual event, Modi stressed on the role of the youth in transforming the nation. 

He said, “I firmly believe that the future of the nation is what the youth thinks today. Your dreams are going to shape the reality of India. The youth of today have to be future ready.” Pointing to the contribution of the NE region in the lives of the IITGuwahati students, he called upon them to explore means to connect their research with the potentials of the region and explore how ‘fusion between traditional knowledge and modern science can lead to new technology’. 

He also urged the IIT-Guwahati to use its expertise in helping the state governments of North Eastern region to tackle the various natural and other disasters, which have been having a negative impact on the development prospects of the region and called upon the IIT-Guwahati to form a ‘Centre for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction’ for the region. Modi said, 

“The NE is full of possibilities. But it has problems of floods, earthquakes, landslides and industrial disasters also, and the governments have to spend their time tackling these.” He pointed that the ‘high degree of technological support and knowledge’ that the IIT-Guwahati can provide could go a long way in mitigating these, and urged the Institute to set up a Centre for the purpose.