Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday the Centre had plans and projects for Uttar Pradesh but awaited approval from the state government for execution.
Singh said his government would do all it could for the rapid industrialisation of the state and the city of Kanpur.
He said the power crisis in the state was severe and detrimental to industrial growth.
The Centre, he said, had finalised proposals for several major power projects in the state, two of them around Kanpur.
“Work will begin when the state government considers these proposals and gives approval,” he said at an interaction with the Merchant Chambers of Uttar Pradesh.
He lauded the potential of the people of Uttar Pradesh. “I wish sincerely Kanpur retained its numero uno position in the textile and leather industries.”
At IIT Kanpur, where he delivered the convocation address, Singh showed concern at the brain drain from India.
He reminded students that they were morally bound to pay back the people of the country, which was still burdened with poverty, hunger and disease.
“Always bear in mind the people have paid for your education. You must in some manner, however small it might be, give back to society and people who nurtured you,” he said.
He gave importance to scientific innovations for sustainable development in agriculture, health care and energy. He said the IITs must collaborate with one another and the corporate sector for research.
Singh stressed higher education so that a pool of quality teachers could be developed. And he said the government was planning to set up a National Council for Higher Education and Research.
CM Mayawati received Singh at the airport in Kanpur.