Padma Shri scientist Bulusu Lakshmana Deekshatulu on Saturday batted for Prime Minister Nadendra Modi’s Make in India and advised young engineers in Bhopal to use their technical knowhow to come up with products of local significance.
Deekshatulu, who was in Bhopal for the 12th convocation ceremony of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), urged engineering graduates to introduce new and revolutionary products to help in the socio-economic development of the country.
A total 1,607 degrees were conferred upon undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students on the day. For the first time in three years the institute discontinued Gandhi caps during the convocation ceremony and students received degrees wearing the traditional gowns.
“Engineers should ensure that the manufacturing starts with India on the similar tracks of the Make in India project of the government of India. They should make use of their technical knowledge and come up with products according to the local society as well as the local market,” he said, adding that it was important for engineers to ensure that the concept of sustainable development was not limited to political rhetoric, but is visible on the ground level.
Advocating the need for significant changes in engineering institutes in India to come on par with the world’s leading institutes, he said: “Engineering institutes in the country are trying to produce 21st century engineers with a 20th century curriculum.”
“Engineering education should not be monolithic; it should achieve adequate intellectual depth and rigour across a highly diverse engineering enterprise, demanded by the changing needs of society and nation,” he said.
The scientist said students should be told about basic business processes. “They should be taught to overcome cultural and social inhibitions in the profession and ways to improve the communication skills of engineering graduates,” he said.