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Updated January 3rd, 2024 at 12:59 IST

Youth of Bharat to shape nation's future till 2047: PM Modi at Bharathidasan University convocation

Expressing confidence in the youth's potential to shape India's destiny by 2047, PM Modi applauded their achievements, citing their contributions in many fields

Nandini Verma
PM Modi at convocation
PM Modi at convocation | Image:Screengrab
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi graced the 38th Convocation Ceremony of Bharathidasan University in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. Alongside addressing the gathering, he also felicitated the university's meritorious students.

In his address, the Prime Minister highlighted the significance of this convocation, marking his first public interaction in 2024. Expressing his delight at being amidst the vibrant youth in the beautiful state of Tamil Nadu, he congratulated the graduating students, their educators, and their parents.

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Reflecting on the unique genesis of Bharathidasan University, the Prime Minister noted its distinct formation, where several distinguished colleges amalgamated, fostering a robust foundation for multi-faceted impact across domains.

Stressing India's historical alignment with knowledge, he referenced ancient learning centers like Nalanda, Takshila, Kanchipuram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, and Madurai, which attracted scholars worldwide.

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Drawing parallels between convocations and ancient traditions like Tamil Sangamam, where intellectuals shared literary works for societal recognition, he emphasized that today's scholars carry forward this profound legacy.

Highlighting universities' pivotal role in shaping nations, he cited how vibrant universities enriched the nation's civilization. He underscored the resilience of India's knowledge system during challenging times.

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Encouraging scholars to contemplate the essence of education and its role in society, he quoted Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on education's harmonizing influence. He emphasized society's collective effort in nurturing scholars and advocated for contributing back to society for a better India.

Expressing confidence in the youth's potential to shape India's destiny by 2047, he applauded their achievements, citing their contributions in diverse fields like science, space exploration, patents, humanities, sports, music, and art.

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“Youth means energy. It means the ability to work with speed, skill and scale”, the Prime Minister remarked as he underlined that the government is working to match the students with the same speed and scale in the last few years. In the last ten years, the Prime Minister mentioned the doubling of airports in the country from 74 to nearly 150, doubling of the cargo handling capacity of all major ports, doubling of the speed and scale of construction of highways, and the number of startups growing to almost 1 lakh from less than 100 in 2014. He also spoke about India achieving several trade deals with important economies thereby opening up new markets for India’s goods and services, while creating countless opportunities for the youth. He said that India is being welcomed as a part of every global solution as he mentioned strengthening of institutions like G20, fighting climate change, and playing a bigger role in the global supply chain. “In many ways, due to local and global factors, this is the best time to be young in India”,  Modi said as he urged the students to make the most of this time and take the country to new heights.

Highlighting the government's efforts to match the students' pace and scale, he mentioned key developmental strides in aviation, infrastructure, startups, and global partnerships. He urged the youth to seize the abundant opportunities and steer India towards unprecedented heights.

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As the university journey concludes, the Prime Minister emphasized that learning is perpetual and urged proactive learning, unlearning, and reskilling in an evolving world.

The event was graced by dignitaries including the Governor of Tamil Nadu and Bharathidasan University's Chancellor, Shri R N Ravi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Shri M K Stalin, Vice Chancellor, Dr M Selvam, and Pro-Chancellor, Shri R S Rajakannappan. 

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Published January 3rd, 2024 at 12:59 IST

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