Underlining the vital role that manufacturing would play in boosting country’s economy and making it self-reliant, Babasaheb Neelkanth Kalyani, CMD, Bharat Forge Ltd. Pune, called upon young minds to invest their innovative ideas in order to increase the country’s manufacturing output to 25 percent of GDP by 2025.
“A country’s economy relies on its companies’ innovation capability and its young generation’s entrepreneurship,” he said during 7th graduation day address of Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) on Saturday.
Kalyani added that in order to achieve PM’s vision, the output of manufacturing sector had to go up by four times. To make it happen, the country has to look at every conceivable activity from defence to agriculture and not just any one sector.
“You need to create something big out of nothing. Today, you can create by investing in ideas. But keep in mind. Unlike a few decades ago when the competitors where within India, now our competitors are world over. And the only tool which will create ability to compete is knowledge. It is the knowledge which will create India’s future eco-system,” said Kalyani.
He further said for India to be recognised as a developing nation, we need to have thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators. “Innovation and entrepreneurship should merely not be a slogan. It has to strengthen India and enrich its people. The nation believes that youth can transform India. If all work together, India will become super power in 15-20 years.”
He advised fresh graduates to take pride in their work, have integrity and do not get lured by short cuts and stick to values and traditions while adopting new ways of life.
As many as 1319 degrees were awarded on the occasion which includes 922 BE, 231 MTech, 58 MCA and 108 MBA. 48 medals were awarded out of which 28 for students for scoring highest marks in in UG and PG and 14 endowment medals. BE (Civil Engineering) student Bindusree S bagged the highest three medals.
Suttur Mutt pontiff Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swami was present.