India reaches out to NRI students as part of COVID-19 response

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has undertaken a massive outreach exercise with about 13 million Indians in various parts of the world to boost morale amid the pandemic, convey the Government’s efforts to provide and contain COVID-19 and to invite them to participate in India's growth story

April 26, 2020

Minister Gadkari interacted with Indian students from 43 foreign universities and invited them to collaborate in research, innovation, medicine, etc

The Minister also interacted with over 8,000 business leaders, industrialists, and entrepreneurs, from organisations like FICCI, AIPMA, and ASSOCHAM

Amid the crisis, the Indian government has given a big push to infrastructure development as well as the growth of rural, tribal, and agriculture sectors

22 Green Express Highways, as well as the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, are under construction, along with nearly 2000 roadside amenities along with them

Over the past few days, the Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and MSME, Shri Nitin Gadkari, has been undertaking a massive exercise to reach out to as many as 13 million Indians from various sectors and in various parts of the world through webinars, video conferences, and social media platforms, to boost the morale and to convey India’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As part of that series, he interacted with Indian students from 43 foreign universities, including those in the UK, Canada, Singapore, Australia, and European countries, under the theme “Indian Response to Global Pandemic: Roadmap for India.” During his interactions, Shri Gadkari invited young brilliant minds to participate in India’s growth story in various fields such as research, innovation, management, medicine, higher education, etc. 

The Minister also interacted with over 8,000 business leaders, industrialists, and entrepreneurs, from organisations like FICCI, AIPMA, ASSOCHAM, etc. Shri Gadkari said that his Ministry will help in getting necessary clearances in three months for ventures, adding that a big push is being given to infrastructure development and growth of rural, tribal, and agriculture sectors. 

He added that 22 Green Express Highways are being developed, and work on a new alignment of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway has started. He said that nearly 2,000 roadside amenities will be developed alongside these highways. This has also led to an opportunity for future investments in industrial clusters, logistics parks, etc. 

Since the COVID-19 lockdown, the Indian Government has been working non-stop to ensure minimal damage to the economy – whether it has been sanctioning US$2 billion for the India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package, the gradual reopening of businesses, or upholding multilateral commitments. Businesses have also been taking all precautions to ensure a safe environment – including deep cleaning of plants, limiting the workforce, and enforcing social distancing. This rebuilding of the supply chain will go a long way in bolstering the post-COVID-19 economy.

Additionally, research institutions and laboratories across India have emerged with leading solutions to tackle the diverse implications of the health crisis. Several institutions under the aegis of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have launched their innovations covering the areas of healthcare to sanitation and beyond that have already been put to use by local administrations.