Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Civil Aviation Gen VK Singh on Friday said that with the Centre’s focus on development and infrastructure, the country has gained the trust of many countries, who have come forward to invest in India.

He said that the kind of environment being created in India has made the country an ideal global investment destination and appealed to the youth to make use of the opportunity and move ahead in life.

Around 162 countries have invested in 62 different sectors in 31 states and union territories of India. This shows the growing trust these countries have on India, he said at the 38th annual convocation of the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) near here.

Therefore, you should work hard to grab the opportunity that comes your way, he said and recalled the Centre’s efforts in providing a conducive environment for startups.

There is no shortcut to success, although it is written in books. It all depends on how committed, hardworking and knowledgeable you are, said the minister, who represents the Ghaziabad constituency in Parliament.

He advised the graduates not to stick to one solution for all problems but find solutions in a pragmatic manner.

Education is what you collect as part of the environment in the institution. This enhances your personality. Education is what you have learned and how you apply it, how you develop an open mind and analyze things, Singh said.

He urged the students not to give up and quoted a few lines from Edgar Guest’s poem: When things go wrong, as they sometimes do, when the road you’re walking seems perfectly straight , When money is low and debt is high, and you want to smile, but you have to sigh, when care is putting a little pressure on you, take a rest if necessary, but don’t stop.

Earlier, VIT founder-chancellor G Vishwanathan urged Singh to use his good offices to influence the Center and states to spend more on higher education and compete with advanced countries.

The Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER), which is 27 per cent in India, needs to be further increased and government spending on research activities should be increased, he said, adding that the GER in the US is 88 per cent, Germany 70, China 64 and South Korea and Australia each 100 percent.

Viswanathan said lack of funding and too much control over educational institutions by the central and state governments are creating hurdles.

Wipro’s Global Head of Business Operations Sanjeev Jain, VIT Vice Presidents Shankar Vishwanathan and GV Selvam, Vice Chancellor Rambabu Kodali and Pro VC Partha Sharathy Malik also spoke on the occasion.

A total of 8,619 undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Class of 2023 were awarded degrees during the convocation, besides 278 research scholars.

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