Trivandrum: Infosys Co-founder & Chairman of ICT Academy of Kerala (ICTAK), S D Shibulal has said that innovation and client relevance, along with deeper industry-institution interaction holds the key to the future of technology industries in the country.
He was delivering the keynote address on ‘Future of Technology Industries and How Organizations are preparing for it’ at the ‘Meet & Greet’ event organized by ICTAK in Thiruvananthapuram which was attended by a cross section representing info-tech and allied industries.
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.
Expressing happiness at the number of start up initiatives in the IT sector, Shibulal advised that a successful endeavour 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.
Earlier inaugurating the event, Kerala Industries & 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.
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. He exhorted leaders of the industry to give back to the society by participating in teaching and training initiatives.
Panelists who participated in the deliberations included Anil Warrier, Director & India head of Talent Acquisition, SAP and Nilkanth Iyer, Country Leader – Cloud Ecosystem, Cities, Business Development & Cloud ISVs, IBM; and representatives from more than 30 companies.
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