Indian innovators took the number of patents from around 4,000 in 2014 to almost 50,000 now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Tuesday.
Addressing the convocation ceremony of state-run Bharathidasan University here, the Prime Minister quoted the ‘Puthiyathor Ulagam Seivom’ Tamil verses of poet Bharathidasan, after whom the university had been named, and said it meant creating a brave new world which is also the university’s motto.
Modi said the Indian youth were already creating such a world. The Indian scientists are on the world map through missions like Chandrayaan and ‘our innovators took the number of patents from around 4,000 in 2014 to almost 50,000 now.’ India’s ‘humanity scholars are showcasing the India story to the world like never before.’ Also, the nation’s musicians and artists were continuously bringing international awards for the country, he said.
Modi underlined that giving back to the people for a better society and country is the true purpose of education.
“Youth means energy, it means the ability to work with speed, skill and scale. In the last few years, we have worked to match you in speed and scale, so that we can benefit you.” In the last 10 years, the number of airports had doubled from 74 to nearly 150. “Tamil Nadu has a vibrant coastline so you would be happy to know that the total cargo handling capacity of major ports in India has doubled since 2014.”
The speed of road and highway construction in the country has almost doubled in the last 10 years.
The number of registered startups in the country has grown to almost one lakh; this was less than 100 in 2014.