Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the “young minds” of Bhutan to work hard and take the Himalayan nation to great heights.

During his visit to the Royal University of Bhutan in Thimphu in the early hours of Sunday, PM Modi said, “There is no better time to be young than now”.

PM Modi further said, “As Bhutan soars high in its endeavours, your 1.3 billion Indian friends will not just look on and cheer you with pride and happiness. They will partner you, share with you and learn from you”.

“The world today offers more opportunities than ever before. You have the power and potential to do extraordinary things, which will impact generations to come. Find your real calling and pursue it with full passion”, PM added.

PM Modi is in Thimphu on his second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election in May this year.

While referring to India’s space programmes and the moon mission Chandrayaan-2, PM Modi said, “Bhutan is also on its way to having its own satellite. “It is even a matter of great happiness that young Bhutanese scientists will travel to India to work on designing and launching Bhutan’s own small satellite”.

I hope that someday soon, many of you will be scientists, engineers and innovators”, PM said.

Modi was wearing the black half-sleeved jacket and white kurta during his address to the Bhutan University.

He also met with his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering on Saturday and discussed several steps to expand bilateral ties across sectors and signed 10 agreements, including in the field of space research, aviation, information technology, power and education.

PM Modi also launched RuPay Card in Bhutan by shopping at Simtokha Dzong.

Today, India is witnessing historic transformations in a wide range of sectors. India is eliminating poverty faster than ever before. The pace of infrastructure construction has doubled in the last five years, PM Modi said while concluding his speech at the Royal University of Bhutan.

PM Modi will return to India today evening.