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New Delhi : The Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu on October 8, 2018, said that Science and technology should ultimately result in the betterment of human condition. He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal, Telangana.

Expressing his deep affection for the city of Warangal, Naidu said that Warangal has a very unique character, it is a smart city as well as a heritage city. He expressed hope that story of Warangal would serve as an example to all of us. It urges us to embrace modernity but hold on to all the good things that our ancient culture and traditions have given us.

He congratulated NIT Warangal for being one of the top technology institutions in India and lauded the many new initiatives being taken up by NIT to further technological and scientific research. He insisted that technological institutions such as the NIT should focus extensively on innovation. He remarked that innovation was no longer a luxury for a country like India but an urgent necessity.

The Vice President said that India is committed to build a five trillion-dollar economy by 2025, making India the 3rd largest consumer market in the world. He added that the world was watching India. The Indian growth story has taken the world by surprise and a number of foreign businesses wish to invest in India. He cautioned that for India’s growth to be sustainable we have to go on an innovation ‘overdrive’. He argued that India just cannot afford to be obsolete anymore, according to a PIB release.

Appreciating Warangal’s Smart City status, Naidu said that a smart city should be a livable, comfortable and happy place and that everything from offices to people to the utilities should be ‘smart’. He urged town planners and civic authorities to take measures to conserve the native architectural structures such as monuments, water flow systems and heritage sites in smart cities. He also asked them to keep space for construction of affordable housing for those who need.

The Vice President also spoke about the need for colleges such as NIT to have linkages with the industry as well as with the alumni. He complimented the proactive alumni base of NIT, Warangal, for coming together to build a modern convention centre on the campus.

The Vice President reaffirmed that in the present era of growing materialism, education must lay the foundation for building a society rooted in strong values and morals. Students must imbibe the values of tolerance, empathy, simplicity, honesty and generosity, Naidu added.


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