PONDA: Union HRD Minister Praksh Javadekar on Saturday said that for the last 30 years India and China have adopted reverse engineering and are reaping its benefits. However, we import ideas and inventions of others and implement them here for our development.
Speaking after inaugurating temporary campus of IIT Goa at the Goa Engineering Collage, Farmagudi in Ponda taluka, Javadekar said that real prosperity comes from innovations, and that innovation is wealth generator and gives value to the product.
The Union minister assured that new and permanent campus for the IIT Goa will come into being within 1000 days.
“Students must question status quo. If we accept status quo as the best thing in the world then we will not be eager to innovate and find out something new,” he said.
Javadekar inaugurated the IIT Goa campus on Saturday evening in the presence of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, PWD Minister Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar, South Goa MP Narendra Savoikar, secretary of education department Virendra Kumar, director, IIT Bombay, Prof Devang Khakkar and in-charge of mentor cell, IIT Bombay, Shivprasad.
On the occasion, ceremony for laying foundation stone for a students’ hostel was also held.
Javadekar said that we are innovating new techniques in the educational sector asking industry to give their specific research inputs. We give them to IIT students and the faculty start innovating while learning and answer the queries from the industry.
He also informed that following the guidance from Prime Minister Narendra Modi the government is taking up a new initiative to start ‘IIT PAL’. The initiative will be a platform of best lectures, material, tutorial, discussions, online and TV education for th students who wish to answer JEE exam to get into IIT.
“Students then will have no need to go for costly coaching classes by spending lakhs of rupees. We are making best use of technology in India,” he said.
Parrikar assured students and parents that IIT Goa will carve itself a big name. He said DRDO scientists can be best resource persons for the educational institute. They can teach or have some joint projects.
Parsekar said that Goa is a natural destination for education and developing as educational hub.
D’Souza and Dhavalikar and others spoke on the occasion.