CUTTACK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for making India a manufacturing hub has found a proponent in renowned space scientist and former director of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Dr K Kasturirangan, who on Saturday urged everyone to join hands for the purpose.
"We must dream of 'Made in India' products across the world. Each individual and institution should respond positively to this clarion call from Prime Minister to make India economically strong and developed," he said addressing the seventh convocation of Ravenshaw University here on Saturday.
With a good policy framework and strong fundamentals, India has the potential to sustain high growth. The Prime Minister's Independence Day speech reflects the Government's resolve to move speedily in this direction.
India has a unique advantage of size, young population and resources that will drive its growth, he said adding that the country needs human talent with positive attitude, passion for excellence and leadership qualities to make a difference. "To achieve this, higher education has to continually
reform, evolve and diversify to meet operational needs of the society," he said. While emphasising on equipping students and professionals with multiple skills, awareness and knowledge, he underlined the importance of teamwork to boost confidence to undertake the most complex challenges.
Dr Kasturirangan said today India is globally recognized as a significant spacefaring nation. This is the result of teamwork. "We took up the challenge of building the sophisticated Remote Sensing System without any technology from outside and built our own launch vehicles. The creative and innovative bent of mind of our scientists and engineers led to the realisation of most sophisticated and cost-competitive system. The GSLV, Chandrayan and Mangalayan exemplify our competence to successfully develop cutting-edge technologies even surpassing the best in the world," he said.
Dr Kasturirangan, former Supreme Court Judge Justice Ananga Kumar Patnaik, writer Pratibha Ray, social activist Tulasi Munda, poet Ramakanta Rath, sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and doctor and nuclear medicine specialist Dr Girija Nandan Mahapatra were conferred Honoris Causa on the occasion.
Eminent historian Hermann Kulke was also conferred the doctorate in absentia.
Chancellor and Governor SC Jamir presented meritorious students with gold medals and citations. Vice-Chancellor Prof BC Tripathy was present.