Govt will step up efforts to boost computer literacy in State: CM

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Kochi: The Kerala Government will step up its efforts to promote computer literacy among people in the State and ensure that the students get trained in computer programming at a very young age, Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy said today.

Inaugurating the Startup Bootcamp at Government Model Engineering College near here, the CM said the students should be given professional training in computer programming at an early age. “If we want to catch up with the rest of the world in utilizing the potential of the digital technology, we should make sure that we achieve 100 per cent literacy in IT and related fields.”

‘Startup Bootcamp’ programme is a Government of Kerala initiative to encourage entrepreneurship culture among students across the State. Nearly 20,000 college students across the State will benefit from the initiative. The Technopark-Technology Business Incubator (T-TBI) is the nodal agency for implementing Kerala government’s entrepreneurship and innovation-related projects.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Cells (IEDC) in the colleges, registered with the T-TBI, will be designated as Startup Bootcamps and their day-to-day operations will be managed by a seven-member executive committee including a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Technology Officer – all of whom will be students from the institute.

Speaking on the occasion, P H Kurian, Principle Secretary for IT and Industries said that the State must develop a conducive ecosystem to churn out more entrepreneurs from Kerala. “We should shape up at least 5-8 percent of the student community into entrepreneurs to promote Kerala’s socio-economic development.”

The Chief Minister also launched the seed funding scheme for start-ups by the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC). He distributed financial assistance to four startup companies identified by the Investment Committee of the KSIDC under the scheme. The startup companies were Tuttifrutti Interactive, Urja, Polyskin Life Sciences India and Craftsmac Laboratories.

Prof. K V Thomas MP, Shri Benny Behanan MLA, Dr. Jayasankar Prasad, CEO, T-TBI; T K A Nair, Chairman, KSIDC; Dr. M Beena, MD, KSIDC; Government Model Engineering College Principal, Prof. Dr V P Devassia and CUSAT Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. K Poulose Jacob were among those present on the occasion.

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