Innovation, industry relation hold key to future technology: Shibulal

Friday, Jul 24, 2015,22:58 IST By metro vaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | Innovation and client relevance along with deeper industry-institution interaction holds the key to the future of technology industries in the country, Infosys Co-founder SD Shibulal said here today.
Speaking at a seminar on ?Future of Technology Industries and How Organizations are preparing for it? organized by ICTAK, he said parameters such as reduced cost and timely execution of projects have become a thing of the past.
In the changing world of today, innovation and the ability to provide solutions and services that are relevant in an ever changing scenario holds the key to the future.
Golden opportunity awaits those who tap into the tremendous energy and new thinking of the current generation, he said.
Stressing on the need for deeper and closer industry-institution interaction, he said ICTAK was step in the right direction with the Industry joining hands with the Government, and heading and partnering an initiative that simultaneously upgrades skills of teachers and employability of students.
He stressed on the need for enhancing the pipeline of talent going to research and teaching, pointing out that currently only 1% of graduates opt for research and many get into teaching only when no other opportunity is available.
He said an atmosphere of reward, respect and research has to be created for infusing quality into technology and technical teaching.
Expressing happiness at the number of start up initiatives in the IT sector, Mr.Shibulal advised that a successful endeavor has to have a mindset of sprint Vs Marathon, attuned in favour of Marathon; Idea Vs Solution, tilted toward Solution; and Individual Vs Team, veered in favour of the Team with a collective set of people with mutually exclusive skills coming together. Above all, he said all start ups must have a clear leader leading the initiatives.
Earlier inaugurating the event, Kerala Industries and IT secretary P H Kurian said all the 164 engineering colleges in Kerala would have a FabLab to aid innovations and fresh initiatives within the next three years, with industry participation.
The formation of the Kerala Technological University last year has provided a fresh impetus to technical education in the State, and the revamping of the syllabi has reached a critical stage.
ICTAK was playing a pivotal role in the process. He added that the Kerala Government was investing heavily in IT infrastructure at a bullish pace, and the increased facilities would be available for private players within the next two to three years.
ICTAK CEO Santhosh Kurup, who moderated the proceedings, said since its inception in June last year, the Academy has so far trained more than 1600 faculty members and 1800 students with participation of as many as 53 colleges.
Mr Shibulal is also Chairman of Information and Communication Technology Academy of Kerala (ICTAK).

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