Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that India would achieve the target of 450 GW of renewable energy generation by 2030 and 175 GW before the deadline of 2022.
He was speaking through video conference at the 8th Convocation of the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Petroleum University in Gandhinagar. About 2,600 students got degree certificates. The ceremony was held online due to COVID19 pandemic.
Modi also inaugurated five projects worth Rs 68 crore. The projects included 45 MW mono crystalline solar PV panel facility, Indo-EU bilateral project for Industrial Waste and Desalination and Translational Research Centre.
Assuming the role of a motivational speaker for the passing out students, the prime minister said that there is no such thing that cannot happen. “It is ‘I will make it happen or not make it happen’,” he said.
The prime minister observed that the decade would see investments of lakhs of crores in the oil and gas sector and India’s oil refining capacities will be doubled in the next five years. There is a great opportunity and there are changes in the energy sector during the pandemic, he observed.
Modi said that the target is to reduce the carbon footprint by 30 to 35 per cent. He also added that the effort is to increase the contribution of the natural gas by four times.
He exhorted the students to be part of the movement of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (Self-reliant India). Modi also exuded confidence that the students of PDPU would become the strength of Self-Reliant India by their skill, talent and professionalism.
Addressing concerns that the passing out students would have, Modi said that it is natural to have questions as to what would happen when you are passing out at a time during the pandemic. However, there is huge opportunity, he said.