President Ram Nath Kovind addressed centenary celebrations of the Harcourt Butler Technical University (HBTU) on Thursday. “Our country has increased its credibility in the field of technology, but we still have a long way to go. Technical institutions like HBTU should inculcate the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in their students. Students should be provided an environment from the very beginning in which they can contribute to the development of the country by becoming ‘job givers’ instead of ‘job seekers,” Kovind said.
President Kovind encouraging girl students for technical education
The president said he had attended convocations of many educational institutions across the country, where he observed that the performance of girls was very impressive. But in the field of technical education, the participation of girl students is not satisfactory, he said.
Saying that HBTU has been recognised for its contribution in the fields of oil, paint, plastic, and food technologies, he said the glorious history of the institution is linked to the industrial development taking place in India since the beginning of the 20th century.
Piece of advice by president to HBTU
Pointing to the current ranking of HBTU in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), the president said it should be the endeavour of all stakeholders that by the year 2047, the university should be ranked among top 25 institutes of the country. Referring to Swachh Survekshan Awards 2021, he said Kanpur city jumped to 21st place in 2021 from 173rd in 2016 in the awards.