Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday, addressed students at the 56th convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and expressed his faith in their abilities.
PM Modi said, "I just returned from the US. During this visit, I met many heads of states, innovators and investors. The one common element in our discussions was our vision about new India and confidence in the abilities of the young people of India."
Describing the beauty of Tamil Nadu, PM Modi said, "Here, mountains move and rivers are stationary. We are in Tamil Nadu, which has a special distinction. It is home to the oldest language in the world and also to one of the newest languages in India, the IIT-Madras lingo." The Prime Minister urged students to join him to give a standing ovation to their teachers, parents and support staff.
"I have a request to make of all of you. No matter where you work, no matter where you live, do keep in mind the needs of your Motherland, India," he said. He also encouraged students to be optimistic and confident. "Never stop dreaming, keep challenging yourself," he said. Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam were also present on the occasion.