A total of 671 students were awarded degrees at the third convocation of PDPU in Gandhinagar on Saturday.
Chief minister Narendra Modi told the graduating students that they were not only studying energy, but were also the energy of the country. Sharing the stage were the country’s richest man Mukesh Ambani and BP chief Bob Dudley.
One PhD student, 172 PG students and 476 undergraduate students were awarded degrees at the hands of the CM. Modi was greeted with chants of PM as he arrived at the venue and also when he got up to deliver his address.
The CM, who has been trying to woo youth ahead of the upcoming elections, targeted the Congress for looking at youths as a means of power.
“For many, youth is a means to power, but for me, youth is for empowerment,” Modi said at the convocation.
Taking a dig at the UPA government for the coal scam, the CM said, “Many states are in darkness because there is no power. At the same time, 20,000 MW power generation station is lying idle as there is no fuel. Coal is not being mined? Is it because files are lost?”
He also called for taking advantage of the country’s demographic dividend by tapping potential of the youth. Mukesh Ambani, chairman of PDPU’s board of governors, advised youths to dream big and have faith in themselves.
“Take challenges in your stride. Be fearless, but respectful. Combine passion and compassion in your life. Last but not the least, your determination to pursue your goal should be unflinching,” Ambani said.