‘Innovation is competition-driven and is commercial’
COIMBATORE: “It is true that in the time of recession, it is hard to find jobs. So, make use of this time to acquire knowledge, make investments and prepare yourself. Rather than investing in a job, invest in higher education,” Harkesh Kumar Mittal, Advisor and Head, National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board, Department of Science and Technology, said here on Wednesday.
Delivering the graduation day address at PSG College of Technology, he said times always changed. “We had tough times, we had good times and we have had challenging times. But, what we have to learn is that tough times never last. Only tough people do. There is always a solution to a problem.”
He urged the graduates to put their expertise and training to good use. “Innovation is competition-driven and is commercial. This gives you a winning edge,” he said.
He drove home the point that though science, technology and innovation were of importance everywhere, it was only science that was universal.
“Science is knowledge-driven and hence universal. An apple would fall on the ground whether it is in Boston, London, New Delhi or Coimbatore. But, technology is industry-driven and is local. What works in Germany may not work in India. Hence, it has to be modified, localised and contextualised,” he said. He gave away degree certificates to 1,200 candidates. G. Rangaswamy, Managing Trustee, PSG Institutions, presided.