PM unveils plaque for foundation stone of campus for IIIT Guwahati; addresses students of IIT, NIT and central universities of North-East

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi unveiling the plaque of foundation stone of the new campus of IIIT Guwahati, in Assam on January 19, 2016. The Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Tarun Gogoi and the Union Ministers are also seen.

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today unveiled the plaque for the foundation stone of the campus for IIIT Guwahati. In his address on the occasion to students of IIT, NIT and central universities of the North-east, the Prime Minister said the 21st century is the century of knowledge. He said in history, whenever knowledge has been the driving force of the world, India has provided leadership. He added that today India is demographically the youngest country in the world, with young dreams full of energy. He said it is now both a challenge and an opportunity for India, to once again play a leading role in the world.

The Prime Minister said today, most global economic surveys say India is the fastest growing major economy. He said the Union Government has focused on youth with a well thought-out series of initiatives. He mentioned the Government’s efforts towards skill development, the Make in India initiative, and the Start-up movement.

The Prime Minister especially mentioned electronics and defence equipment manufacturing as priority areas.