'Young Technologists to Promote Entrepreneurship'

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NAGPUR: Citing the government's 'start-up India, stand-up India' campaign, President Pranab Mukherjee asked young technologists to become entrepreneurs and create job opportunities for the people.

The government has initiated the 'start-up India, stand up India' campaign to promote financing for start-ups and offer incentives to boost entrepreneurship and job creation, he said.

"The success of this initiative will depend on how innovatively we can use the technology as well as human resources available in our country.

"I call upon you, the young technologists, that instead of looking for job opportunities, you may aim to become entrepreneurs, who create job opportunities for people," Mukherjee said at the 13th Convocation of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology here.

"Through your start-ups and entrepreneurship you can create enterprises, which will create wealth for the nation, society and people. This will be your biggest contribution to inclusive and sustainable development of our country," the President said.

Mukherjee also expressed happiness over inclusion of two Indian institutes in the ranking of the world's top 200 educational institutes.

"For the past three years, almost like a parrot, I have been repeating at the conferences in Rashtrapati Bhavan and at convocations that no single Indian institution is in the list of top 200 institutions of the world.

"As a result of several pro-active steps taken in the last three years, the ranking scene is beginning to change," he said.

It is a proud moment for Indian academic community and the institutes of higher learning that in the QS World University Rankings of 2015-16, two Indian institutes were in top 200 of the world, said Mukherjee.

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is ranked at no 147 and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi is ranked at no 179. Apart from this, IIT-Bombay is ranked at no 202, he said.

"Indian institutions have done remarkably well and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the faculty members and staff of these institutions," he said.

Mukherjee said a high-rank can boost the morale of the academic community and open greater avenues of growth and placement for students.
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