Om Birla asks students to develop new tech for India's growth

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Saturday said Indian youth must work towards developing new technologies to ensure the progress of the country.

Speaking at the 15th annual convocation of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) deemed-to-be- university, Birla described technology as a major driving force behind change.

"Development of new technologies has become necessary for the progress and Indian youth with their education, skill and motivation can bring prosperity to the country," he said.

Noting that India enjoys considerable demographic dividend, he said, "Our young population is capable of taking the country to new heights."

The Lok Sabha Speaker said, "Technology has become the main driver of change in the modern world. Indian IT professionals are in key positions and making major contributions to the industry all over the world."

Birla hoped that the students will gain more knowledge and serve the country for its overall development.

"As technology is essential for accelerating progress in all spheres, the youngsters, who are capable of acquiring and developing new skills, should focus on this area which will bring a positive transformation in the country," he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Odisha Assembly Speaker S N Patro asked students to use their knowledge in making the lives of the future generations better.

"Global warming and environmental degradation are posing a threat to the existence of humankind. I hope you will use your education to develop new technologies to tackle these challenges," he told the students.

A total of 6,578 students were awarded Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees at the convocation.