President, Ram Nath Kovind, said on Friday that research, innovation and creativities would help India grow and achieve its national goals. If everything goes well, the country will certainly achieve its target to become a $ 5 Trillion Economy by 2025.
President of India was addressing a convocation ceremony organized at the premier institution, IIT-Roorkee.
Kovind termed the institute an "innovation hub", where more than 300 students were awarded PhD degrees on Friday.
Entire nation is committed to achieve sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations. This apart, we also wish to play our eminent roles addressing global concerns including climate change, he said.
President of India further said, "Institutions such as IIT Roorkee are not just centres of education. They are also hubs of innovation and creative ideas. And it is research, innovation and creative ideas that will help us achieve our national goals as well as address the larger concerns confronting humanity today”.
“Creative thinking on campus has been encouraged by doing away with hierarchy among academics and by giving students a representation in academic bodies and decision-making”, He added.
Recalling that the institute was the first engineering college that was established during British era, Kovind said, “We must nurture innovation and creativity. And I am happy to note that IIT Roorkee is doing just that. The TIDES Business Incubator here supports start-ups and early-stage companies working on emerging technologies”.