PM addresses PDPU convocation via video-conference: ‘Will double oil refining capacity, raise natural gas usage 4 times’

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |

November 22, 2020 4:35:16 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned Saturday efforts had been on to double India’s oil refining capability within the subsequent 5 years and multiply the usage of natural gas by 4 folds on this decade.

The Prime Minister, who was addressing the eighth convocation ceremony of Gandhinagar-based Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) via video-conference, mentioned the nation was additionally transferring ahead to cut back its carbon footprint by 30 to 35 per cent.

During his handle, Modi recalled his expertise of battling “pre-conceived notions” as the previous chief minister of Gujarat. He instructed the scholars how he had helped to separate feeders supplying electrical energy to home and agriculture shoppers, and thus ensured round the clock and environment friendly energy provide within the state.

“This experiment changed the mindset of all our officers at that point in time… If I had stuck to the preconceived notions, this would not have become a possibility. I had a clean slate and I used to think in a new way,” he mentioned.

Under him, the PM mentioned, the Gujarat authorities had “gambled” with solar energy and bought it at Rs 12-13 per unit even when thermal energy was accessible at Rs 2.50 to Rs 3 per unit.

You (college students) all know of in the present day’s style to create a ruckus and discover fault in small issues. I used to face loads of issues then (as Gujarat CM). The subject got here earlier than me about energy producers promoting at (thermal energy) Rs 2-3 per unit and (solar energy) Rs 12-13 per unit. I used to be confronted with a second the place I needed to fear about my popularity or fear about my future generations. I knew that this sort of choice will probably be blown up by the media and can invite fees of corruption. But I had a clear coronary heart. I genuinely believed that we needed to do one thing to alter our life. Finally, we determined to go for photo voltaic power. And we made this choice with honesty, did it for a brilliant future with a imaginative and prescient. Solar crops started in Gujarat and in giant numbers,” Modi mentioned.

Solar power, the PM added, has now develop into “a movement in the country” and the price of solar energy has “dropped below Rs 2 per unit”.

“Keeping in mind our energy needs, it is our endeavour to increase the proportion of natural gas by four times in this decade alone. In the next five years, efforts are being made to double the country’s oil refining capacity,” Modi mentioned.

Exhorting the scholars graduating through the Covid-19 pandemic, Modi mentioned they had been coming into the power sector at an “opportune time”.

“Today, there are unlimited opportunities in the energy sector in India. You (students) all have reached this sector at the right time. In this decade, in just the oil and gas sector, crores of investment will happen. So, for you, there are ample opportunities from research to manufacturing,” the PM mentioned.

During his digital handle, the PM additionally urged college students to develop into the troopers of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”. “Today’s India is passing through a big phase of transition. You have the responsibility of building an India of the future. Think about what a golden period you are in. You would not have thought of it. India will complete 75 years of independence in 2022 and 100 years in 2047. These (upcoming) 25 years are the most important years of your life,” he mentioned.

The PM additionally prompt the state authorities to alter the title of the Petroleum University to Energy University.

“Looking at the progress of the PDPU, I request the Gujarat government to make appropriate changes in the law if required and rename it as an Energy University instead of just calling it a Petroleum University… The imagination of having a Petroleum University was mine, and expanding upon my imagination, I request to connect it to the entire energy sector, instead of just petroleum. Please do a thing about it and if you find my suggestions appropriate, then you may act accordingly.”

A complete of two,600 college students obtain their diploma certificates through the convocation ceremony. This included 40 PhD students who acquired their levels and 77 college students who had been felicitated with medals of benefit.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Reliance Industries Ltd managing director Mukesh Ambani, who can be the president of Board of Governors of PDPU, had been additionally current on the occasion.

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