Puducherry: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday stressed the need to create an enabling ecosystem for R&D for India to become a developed nation. For this, he urged educational institutions to have an increased interface with the industry to promote result-oriented research that addresses contemporary challenges such as climate change, pollution, health and poverty.
Inaugurating the Puducherry Technological University, in Puducherry today, the Vice President underlined that it is the cutting-edge research in science, technology and other fields that puts developed countries ahead of the rest. He asked the students to conduct socially relevant research and come up with out-of-box ideas to make the nation strong and bring prosperity and happiness in people’s lives.
It may be noted that Puducherry Technological University (PTU) is the first state university of the Union Territory of Puducherry which has been constituted by upgrading Pondicherry Engineering College established in 1986.
Praising the Atal Incubation Centre, set up at the institute, for successfully incubating 15 start-ups in diverse areas such as Electronic Design, Manufacturing and Drone Technologies, the Vice President said that India is scaling new heights in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation.
He expressed happiness over India becoming the world’s third largest start-up ecosystem and said that with the opening of the space sector for private players, several promising start-ups have come up in this sector.
Lt. Governor of Puducherry, Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, Speaker, Puducherry Assembly, Embalam R. Selvam, Deputy Speaker, Puducherry Assembly, P. Rajavelu, Ministers, Government of Puducherry, A. Namassivayam, K. Lakshmi Narayanan, A.K. Sai J. Saravanan, Member of Puducherry Legislative Assembly, P.M.L. Kalyana Sundaram, Principal, Puducherry Technological University, Dr. K. Vivekanandan and others were present during the event.