Educational institutions must be future-ready; IITs are the country's pride: President Droupadi Murmu

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On Saturday, President Droupadi Murmu emphasised the necessity for educational institutions to be future-ready, saying that if the nation takes precautions to safeguard itself from the whims of the future, it can gain significant demographic benefits. The president was speaking at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi’s diamond jubilee celebration’s closing ceremony.

“India has a wealth of talent that has not yet been ultimately used. Our educational institutions must be future-ready. A new teaching-learning model, future-focused methodology, and material will be needed for this. I am optimistic that we will be able to provide the next generation with the knowledge base and skills they need to meet the challenge thanks to our renowned IITs “She spoke.

IITs, according to Murmu, are a source of national pride since “their tale is the story of Independent India.” IITs demonstrated to the rest of the world India’s potential in the fields of technology and education. The history of the IITs is, in many ways, the history of independent India. The IITs have significantly contributed significantly to India’s current enhanced position on the world stage. IIT faculty and graduates have demonstrated our intellectual prowess to the world, she remarked. The president predicted that the Fourth Industrial Revolution would have had a significant impact on our surroundings by 2047 when the nation will commemorate its 100th anniversary of independence.

“Similar to how we were unable to envision the modern world 25 years ago, we are unable to envision how automation and artificial intelligence will change our way of life today. We must have the foresight and methods in place to deal with the forces of the future when disruptions will become the new normal due to our large population. The nature of work will drastically change “She spoke. The president underlined that the threat of climate change is significant and noted that as a developing nation with a large population, we have very high energy needs to support economic expansion.

“Hence we need to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy. In the years to come, as the world anxiously looks for technological solutions to environmental challenges, I trust India’s young engineers and scientists will help humankind achieve a breakthrough,” she said.

Mayank Tewari

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