India Prime Minister, H. E. Narendra Modi urged students to protect the environment in their pursuit of development endeavours.
The Prime Minister was speaking at University of Nairobi’s Taifa Hall, where he urged students to work hard and reap the fruit of their labour. He took the opportunity to congratulate the University on its good rankings not just in Africa, but globally. He noted that the University has been keen on producing highly trained graduates in the areas of Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture and Business among other disciplines.
Kenya and India share strong bonds and the two nations should cooperate to create jobs for the youth. He noted that lasting economic prosperity can be achieved if the two nations work together. “As our countries grow, let us protect the environment,” urged the Prime Minister who paid glowing tribute to the late Nobel laureates Prof. Wangari Maathai, alumni of the University who was a champion of the environmental protection and sustainability.
Addressing students, H. E. Modi urged University students to dream big , do more, work hard in unity, at the University of Nairobi Moto suggests, ‘ Unitate e labore”.
The Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i thanked the Indian Government for their support towards education. He noted that there are several areas of collaboration, ranging from ICT to health that can be explored.
The University of Nairobi Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi noted that the University is on course to moulding men and women of this great nation. She took the opportunity to thank the government for their support in hosting the Prime Minister of India.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, thanked the Indian Community for their immense contribution to the education sector. They established the University in 1947 as Royal Technical College and the student population has grown from 2,000 to the current 84,000.
The Public Lecture was attended by University Management Board, University Senate, staff , students and members of the general public.