Create Google, Microsoft in India, Modi tells students

Points out that 65 pc of population is below 35 yrs

The BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday exhorted the students to set up their own enterprises in the country through innovation, in line with global giants like Apple, Microsoft and Google.

“Create a Microsoft here, create an Apple here, create a Google here in India, own it and manage it,” said Modi while addressing the students of the SRM University in
Chennai.

“Recently, Satya Nadella became CEO of Microsoft. Most of you must be dreaming to reach the heights of Nadella,” he said.

Stating that it was most unfortunate that even after 65 years of independence the country has not focused on education, Modi said, “As a nation, we should focus not only on individual progress or economic progress, but also nation-building.”

Pointing out that 65 per cent of India's population is below the age of 35, and that this demographic dividend is the country's biggest strength, Modi pressed for the need to empower students with “skill, speed and scale”.

Modi said skill development is the need of the hour, without which a degree is not enough for employment.

Observing that knowledge would be the biggest bridge between education and nation-building, he said it is sad that no university in India has attained top global ranking.
We have to identify what is lacking and work on it,” he said.

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