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President Murmu Encourages Youth to Harness AI Potential at SVNIT Convocation

The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, graced the 20th convocation of Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT) in Surat, underscoring the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in her address to the gathering.

In her speech, President Murmu highlighted the widespread discussion surrounding AI and the efforts undertaken by both the Government of India and state governments to harness its benefits for national progress. She commended the initiatives of big tech companies in initiating projects to tap into India’s AI potential.

President Murmu stressed the importance of collaboration between technology institutes like SVNIT and various stakeholders such as the corporate sector, NGOs, and research institutes to bridge the ‘AI skill gap’ prevalent in the country. She emphasized the pivotal role of youth in propelling India forward in the global race of rapidly evolving technologies like AI and machine learning.

Encouraging students to utilize science as a guiding force for their technical skills, problem-solving abilities, and innovative thinking, President Murmu urged them to not only meet international standards but also set new benchmarks in innovation, efficiency, and inclusivity. She emphasized the importance of utilizing knowledge, alumni networks, and technical skills to create new businesses and employment opportunities.

President Murmu advised students to establish ideals for their future endeavors, ensuring clarity in decision-making. She emphasized the significance of staying connected to one’s roots, asserting that this connection would not only propel them forward but also imbue their lives with meaning and purpose.

Expressing her delight at the increasing representation of female students in engineering colleges and institutes, President Murmu applauded their commitment to pursuing careers in science and technology. She urged all National Institutes of Technology (NITs) to organize programs and campaigns aimed at encouraging more girls to enroll in engineering and technology institutes, thereby promoting gender diversity in these fields.

The President’s address at SVNIT underscored the importance of embracing emerging technologies like AI while emphasizing the need for inclusivity, innovation, and collaboration to drive India’s growth and development on the global stage.

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