Published: 08th November 2021
ISRO Chairman asks NIT-K grads to step up and solve global challenges like climate change. Here's what he said
Union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan in his address said that the NIT-K has constituted a committee to implement National Education Policy (NEP) 2020
ISRO Chairman K Sivan called upon graduates of the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal to respond to the global challenges of climate change and natural disasters and come up with strategies that enable mankind to adapt to unprecedented developments.
Speaking during the 19th convocation of NIT-K, Surathkal virtually on Saturday, he said the world is facing the challenges of climate change and natural calamities which may alter the face of the earth in the future, which in turn will impact our lives. "The future generation has the challenge to sustain ourselves in this changing scenario," he said.
Stating that there are huge opportunities open for the engineering graduates to take up entrepreneurship, Sivan said that immense possibilities are opening for start-up businesses. Sivan said India is now in a start-up boom and many professionals are quitting their well-paid jobs and responding to the demands of indigenous consumers through start-ups.
The space sector has also undergone reforms under 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'. The government wants to set up a space industry ecosystem to generate more revenue through reforms in space, he said. He called upon the graduates to choose what is close to one's heart and not to copy others. This will ensure excellence in professional life.
Union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan in his address said that the NIT-K has constituted a committee to implement National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and a few features of NEP are being incorporated into the curriculum during 2021-22. He lauded the efforts of the NIT-K in developing a system to measure the moisture content of cashew which is helping the cashew industries in the region and also for developing a technology to produce and preserve ready-to-cook, non-acrid edible aroids.
In his presidential address, NIT-K Director Umamaheshwar Rao urged graduates to connect with society and own up to the issues in society and be part of the solutions for the problems faced in society. A total of 1,681 candidates - 120 PhD, 766 postgraduates and 795 BTech students received the degrees. Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) was conferred on Suhas L Yathiraj, district magistrate of Gautham Buddha Nagar, UP and silver medalist at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics.