Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called on the Indian students to take up the challenge of finding solutions to global problems of climate change, energy crisis and deadly diseases. Addressing the centenary year convocation ceremony of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the prime minister asked the students to focus on innovation, rather than doing "cut-paste" work.
"I want to throw this challenge before young men and women of this country. Come up with innovations that may help the world in bringing down temperatures a bit, help the humanity overcome the grave energy crisis it is likely to face if renewable and sustainable alternative sources are not found," Modi told the gathering of BHU scholars and academics.
He also urged the students to always keep alive the keenness to learn after they pass out.
Modi said many of those who passed out of BHU have contributed to the society in many ways, as doctors, teachers, civil servants. He also congratulated the students who were conferred their degrees.
“The student in us should always be alive. We should not allow the student in us to wither away,” Modi told the students, amid applause.
“Jigyasa (Curiosity) is important. If there is no Jigyasa, there is stagnation in life,” Modi said.
He told the students that after they leave the portals of the university campus they will encounter the wide world. But even amid all their work they should keep the student in themselves alive.
He also said that the world faces several challenges. “We should think about what role India can play in overcoming these challenges,”
However, the prime minister steered clear of making any comment on the festering Jawaharlal Nehru University row, in which Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students union leader Kanhaiya Kumar has been arrested for sedition and some other students are also to be charged for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans.