President Ram Nath Kovind at the centenary celebrations of Harcourt Butler Technical University in Kanpur on November 25, 2021. Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and other dignitaries are also seen. (PIB)
Kanpur: Institutions like Harcourt Butler Technical University (HBTU) should inculcate spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in their students, said President Ram Nath Kovind.
He was addressing the centenary celebrations of the HBTU here on November 25, 2021.
The President said that HBTU has been recognized for its contribution in the fields of oil, paint, plastic, and food technologies.
“The glorious history of this institution is linked to the industrial development taking place in India since the beginning of the 20th century. The technology and human resources provided by HBTU has been instrumental behind the fame of Kanpur as ‘Manchester of the East’, ‘Leather City of the World’ and ‘Industrial Hub’.”
Pointing to the current ranking of HBTU in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) which is at 166th, the President said that it should be the endeavor of all stakeholders of HBTU that by the year 2047, this university should be ranked among the top 25 institutes of the country.
Emphasizing the need for innovation and technology development in India, the President said that only those countries in the world remain at the forefront, which give priority to innovation and new technology and continuously enable their citizens to face the challenges of the future.
“Our country has also increased its credibility in the field of technology but we still have a long way to go. In this context, the role of institutions like HBTU becomes important,” he said, adding our technical institutions should inculcate spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in their students.
The President also expressed dissatisfaction about the low participation of girl students in technical education,
“Today the need of the hour is to encourage more and more girls to come forward in the field of technical education. It would boost women empowerment.”
The President also noted the remarkable leap of Kanpur in cleanliness as the city jumped to 21st place in 2021 from 173rd in 2016 in the Swachh Survekshan among the urban bodies of the country.
He expressed confidence that the Administration and Municipal Corporation of Kanpur would take inspiration from Indore city, which is consistently ranked first in the country in cleanliness, and make efforts to rank Kanpur in the five cleanest cities of the country. (Press Release)