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Dream big and aim high: President

President of India Ram Nath Kovind called upon students to dream big, aim high and take risks.

Participating in the seventh convocation of Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IITH), held here in the mandal headquarters town on Sunday presided over by IIT-H Board chairman B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, Mr. Ramnath Kovind said: “As fresh graduates, you are entering a world packed with opportunities. There is so much you can do, and so much you can achieve—for yourselves, for your families, for society at large, particularly for those less fortunate than you”.

“IIT-H is only 10 years old and it has 2,500 students, one in five being a girl. The institute has a strong postgraduate programme, with 30% of students pursuing a PhD. These are commendable figures, but the question is: what next? The road you take today will determine your future—not just for the next few years, but perhaps for the rest of the century,” he said.

“As a second-generation IITians, it’s important that you borrow as well as learn from the models of the past. The conditions are different from the 1950s and 1960s. India has changed. Technology and the very discipline of engineering have evolved. Our aspirations are no longer limited to the heavy industrial base that we created six decades ago. Rather, IIT-H has to remain relevant to the fourth industrial revolution that will write the script of the 21st century,” the President added.

He congratulated the IIT-H for its initiatives such as the Centre for Healthcare Entrepreneurship, Centre for Cyber-Physical Systems, and the Fabless Chip Design Incubator. He said the best scientific universities and institutions of learning were the sources of innovation.

Stating that Hyderabad has a long tradition of scientific discovery and application, he recalled how in the 19th century, Ronald Ross, who won the Noble Prize for Medicine for identifying the mosquito that transmitted malaria, did pioneering work here.

He said Hyderabad’s reputation grew as a research centre with as many as 19 research centres being run here. He suggested for greater engagement with schools like the Indian School of Business and National Academy of Legal Studies and Research.

Mr. Kovind presented gold medals to Ibrahim Dalal, Parmish Kour, Greeshma P.M. and Kudugunta Sneha Reddy. Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, Deputy Chief Minister Mahamood Ali, Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao, IIT-H Director U.B. Desai and others were present.

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