Modi in Chennai, gets suggestion for his speech at IIT-M

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Chennai today to attend the convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M). Like the last time, he  has opted to fly in and out of the institute.

The Prime Minister is expected to arrive at the city airport at 9.10 a.m. From the airport, he will take a helicopter to the IIT-M campus. At 9.45 am, he will address the Singapore India Hackathon 2019 at the IIT-M Research Park. He will deliver the 56th Convocation address at the institutes’s Students Activity Centre at 11 a.m.

In view of the PM’s visit, a tight security blanket is in place in the city. Within hours of Modi calling for suggestions for his convocation speech at IIT Madras many suggestions were registered on the PM’s official website.

“Tomorrow I would be in Chennai for the convocation ceremony of @iitmadras. I look forward to being with some of India’s brightest minds,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Sunday. He urged people, especially IITians and IIT alumni to share their ideas for his speech.

An IIT-M student posted: “During placements I, being from the Aerospace Engineering branch, wanted to join a PSU like ISRO and other organisations like the Air Force. However none of the PSUs participated in the placement process. Don’t you think that such organizations should recruit directly from IIT so that we will have a n opportunity to serve the country at a young age, and these companies can also benefit from our technical skill.”

Modi will also address the participants of the Singapore-India Hackathon 2019 at the IIT-M on Monday. ”This is the event’s second edition, with the first one being held at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore in November last year.

The aim of this joint international hackathon is to promote engagement and collaboration of student community in India with the rest of the world and to develop innovative and out-of-the-box solutions for some of the daunting problems faced by our societies,” said R Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Department of Higher Education.

Recently, Modi has concluded his US visit, thanking the American people for ”exceptional welcome, warmth and hospitality” and saying the diverse range of programmes he attended during the stay will greatly benefit India.