Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address on 8th Convocation Ceremony of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

  • Many many congratulations to all of you on the occasion of the eighth convocation of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Petroleum University.
  • Many many best wishes to the friends who are graduating today and their parents. Today, the country is getting industry-ready graduates like you.
  • Congratulations to you for your efforts and what you have learnt from this university and best wishes for the big goal of nation building for which you are leaving here for a new journey.
  • I am confident that you will emerge as a great force of self-reliant India with your skill, talent and professionalism.
  • Today, inauguration and foundation laying ceremony of five different projects related to PDPU have also taken place.
  • These facilities will make PDPU an important centre of professional education, skill development and Start-Up ecosystem besides the energy sector of the country.
  • Friends, I have been associated with projects of this university since early days and, therefore, I am glad to see the PDPU is creating its own identity, not just in the country but also in the world.
  • I have come here today not as a chief guest, but as a member of the family of your great resolution. And I am very proud to see that this university is far ahead of its time.
  • There was a time when people would question how far this kind of university will go, but the students, faculty members, the professionals who passed out from here have answered all these questions through their commitment.
  • In the last one-and-a-half decades, the PDPU has expanded in many spheres, including the energy spectrum, besides the petroleum sector.
  • When I was thinking about the project at that time, I had Petroleum University in mind since Gujarat wanted to move forward in the petroleum sector.
  • Given the progress of PDPU today, I would request the Gujarat government to rename it from Petroleum University to Energy University by amending laws.
  • If necessary, in keeping with the requirements of the country and the world, because there is going to be a huge expansion of its scope.
  • What you have earned in such a short time, what you have given to the country, perhaps the country will be a great beneficiary by expanding it to Energy University.
  • The imagination of Petroleum University was mine and now I want to enlarge my imagination and request you to connect it with the entire energy sector instead of petroleum.
  • You think over it and see what can be done if you like my suggestion. The setting up of the 45 megawatt solar panel manufacturing plant or the Centre of Excellence on Water Technology reflects the larger vision of PDPU towards the country.
  • Friends, You are entering the industry at a time when major changes are taking place in the energy sector across the world due to pandemic.
  • Therefore, there is immense potential in the growth, enterprise spirit and employment in the energy sector in India. In a way, you have arrived at the right time in the right sector.
  • Billions of rupees are going to be invested in the oil and gas sector in this decade only. Therefore, there are countless opportunities for you from research to manufacturing.
  • Friends, Today the country is moving forward with the goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 30-35%.
  • The world was surprised whether India could do it when I made this proposal initially. We are endeavouring to increase the share of natural gas in our energy needs by four times in this decade.