Best scientific universities increasingly becoming sources of innovation, says Kovind

NetIndian News Network

Hyderabad, August 5, 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind today said that the best scientific universities and institutions of learning are not just teaching shops or degree factories but increasingly becoming sources of innovation and incubators of technology and technology-driven start-ups.
Addressing the 7th convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad, Mr Kovind said that, as a second generation IIT, it is important that the institute borrows from 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 Hyderabad has to remain relevant to the fourth industrial revolution that will write the script of the 21st century,” he added.
The President said he was happy to note that a start has been made by setting up a network of centres for research and promotion of entrepreneurship at this Institute.
“The knowledge ecosystem of public investments in science, academic institutions and universities, research laboratories, commercial applications and private enterprise has an almost magical potential. Its best example is, of course, the Silicon Valley in the United States. At the core of the Valley are basic science and technology campuses and their talented faculty and students,” he pointed out.
IIT Hyderabad has been set up in a city and in a metropolitan area where several elements for such an ecosystem already exist. Hyderabad has a long tradition of scientific discovery and application. 
The city has as many as 19 research facilities and laboratories of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Biotechnology, the Department of Atomic Energy, the Defence Research and Development Organisation and the Indian Space Research Organisation.
Individually, many of these entities are doing excellent work. But there is a need for cross-pollination. IIT Hyderabad is not envisaged as just an add-on to this ecosystem. Rather, it needs to be the hub of this ecosystem. It must be the connecting tissue and the catalyst for a greater synergy, he added.
Mr Kovind urged IIT Hyderabad to break out of silos and to encourage others to follow suit. “India will judge the success of IIT Hyderabad by the vitality and the output it can ensure for not just itself but for the entire Hyderabad knowledge ecosystem,” he added.

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