One per cent of India’s population control 70 per cent of the nation’s resources while the per capita income of the higher class was $ 75,000 annually compared to the nation’s per capita income of $ 2,200, VIT university chancellor G Viswanathan said on Friday.
Calling on students to utilise the chance to develop and showcase their inherent talents, he said only such research would ensure that the nation’s productivity.
This would in turn translate into more jobs for youth. As India was an agricultural country, research should benefit the farming community as more than half of the population was engaged in agriculture. “They should not be left out of any progress the nation makes,” he added.
Vice Chancellor Anand Samuel said VIT had identified more than 200 students whose research was worth patenting and 50 patents had been completed so far.
Guest of honour Baburam S Rajendran, head IT strategy, Societe Generale, called on students to convert their passion to profession through hard work. Autodesk Lead India Deepankar Bhattacharya and Union government MHRD higher education secretary R Balasubhramanyam addressed the students via video conferencing.