Speaking on the convocation ceremony of the IIT Mumbai, Goa's CM Manohar Parrikar urged the engineering graduates to think apart from the glamorous jobs. He said that the world is changing at a rapid pace and asked the graduates to try their hand at the politics.
“Do not limit yourself to a career path that is obvious and glamorous. The challenges of the world are becoming more and more complex by the day, and the IITs have a moral responsibility to provide enterprise and intellectual firepower to solve them,” Parrikar said.
“I am often referred to as Indiaʼs first IIT educated Chief Minister. While it is a matter of personal pride, it is a cause for concern at an institutional level. How come IITs have not become the training ground for one of the most important jobs in our nation? This needs to change. And, if you think politics is too dirty for you to enter, I would say that this is precisely why you must enter politics,” he said.
“People should never cede the central role in a democratic process to politicians, and expect miracles out of them. People should be constantly and meaningfully engaged in the governance process, and this engagement should be a very matured and a pragmatic one that demands accountability and transparency on one hand, while on the other hand provides opportunity, space and support to succeed,” the chief minister said.
CM also stressed on the importance of the primary education and said that the gaps left in the early stage of education are hard to fill in later years and said that “this weakens the very foundation of our nation”.