Addressing a gathering here, Kakodkar said, "If we remain dependent on foreign technologies, we can never become a world leader. Our education system must produce empowered youths who can pull the country up the ladder."
He was speaking at the sixth convocation of the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) on Saturday, Feb 20.
Kakodar further said, "Education is a route to enlightenment and a tool for empowerment. If carried out effectively, education can transform our youths into a huge human capital. And it can make India one of the most powerful nations in the world."
"It is necessary that the orientation of students should remain India-focused and not to the West," he added.