'Create infrastructure for talented youth'

ROORKEE Nov. 24. The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Murli Manohar Joshi, today called upon the fresh graduates of IIT Roorkee not to swayed by the high salaries offered in the West and instead remain in the country and work for its development.

Delivering the convocation address, Dr. Joshi assured all assistance to the institution for exploring new vistas and called upon industry to create necessary infrastructure to provide optimal working conditions for the talented youths. This will check the brain drain and allow the IIT, formerly known as the University of Roorkee, to continue providing the best of talent and scientific and engineering output to the nation, he said.

The barriers between different subjects had to be removed if the nation were to develop in the frontier areas of nano-technology, bio-informatics or new materials. Efforts were being taken to achieve this by introducing several innovative schemes, aimed at identifying and rewarding talented teachers and also supporting students who showed the necessary drive, the chairman of the Institute's governing body, S.K. Joshi, said. He urged the institute to develop systems aimed at improving the quality of life in Uttaranchal.

Prem Vrat, director, assured the Union Minister that all efforts would be taken to develop the institute into a place of excellence for the future.

Necessary restructuring of the faculties as well as the fellowships had been made. Two new M.Tech courses in advanced chemical analysis and corrosion engineering were also being introduced for the coming academic year.

Special programmes were also being taken up for industry-sponsored candidates. In-take of under-graduate students next year would be increased by 100.

The Minister presented the President's gold medal to Prachi Agarawal and the Director's gold medal to Shantanu Agarwal, at the convocation ceremony in which 1034 students received their degrees or diplomas.