Roorkee; 25 November: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla addressed the 175th Foundation Day of IIT Roorkee, today. Shri Birla said that thousands of students who have graduated from IIT Roorkee have made their mark in the entire world on the strength of their talent, wisdom and skills and have worked to bring socio-economic change in the nation. Shri Birla expressed happiness that students of IIT Roorkee have brought laurels to India on the world stage.

Mentioning about India’s ancient democratic legacy, Shri Birla said that India’s democracy and diversity are the strength of the nation. He added that IIT Roorkee has made a huge contribution in taking the country forward on the path of progress during the Amrit Kaal of Independence. Speaking about the progress made by the nation in the last seven decades, Shri Birla said that Indian scientists, doctors, businessmen and youth are establishing India’s identity in the entire world. He added that today India’s reputation has been established as a strong democracy and emerging economy in the world.

Describing IITs as the nation’s premier institute in the field of technology, Shri Birla said that the research and innovations at IITs have given a new direction to the country in areas ranging from climate, environment, medicine, to education, communication, and roads etc. Referring to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Shri Birla said that the digital age and internet revolution have changed the whole world. He added that in the digital era, the common citizens have become more active participants in democracy.

Referring to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision, Shri Birla said that India’s youth will contribute immensely towards fulfilling the dream of a developed India in 2047. He further said that today even at the global level, Indian youth are leading the way and are contributing towards solving the world’s most complex problems through innovation, new technology, and research. Expressing joy, Shri Birla said that young students are building a New India. He expressed confidence that the nation has decided to make India a leader in every field.

Speaking about India’s fight against Covid-19, Shri Birla said that during the global pandemic, Indian youth proved that the nation is moving towards self-reliance with the help of science and technology. He expressed happiness that in current era, India has emerged as a global destination in every field. He said that today India is known all over the world as the hub of startups, who are at the forefront of solving global challenges and are taking the India’s economy forward. Expressing confidence in the abilities of Indian youth, Shri Birla said that the next ‘Big Tech’ will emerge from India.