LUCKNOW: With young generation getting into entrepreneurial activities and startups emanating from educational institutes, a start-up revolution is in the making, said chairman, All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe in his convocation address at APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, on Tuesday.
“The role of mobile devices is going to be phenomenal, be it education, controlling home appliances, running machines in workshops, starting a pump in the agricultural field, connecting to a automobile, or shutting down an air-conditioner. With students developing mobile applications while in colleges, country’s economy is all set to change,” Sahasrabudhe told the graduates.
Appealing to the students to come forward and learn new courses online using the SWAYAM platform, Sahasrabudhe said, “The platform offer courses in emerging areas and is available in the nooks and corners of the country anytime and anywhere from the best faculty in the country. You should use this platform for lifelong learning,” he said.
He added that India has a long and phenomenal tradition of successes in science and technology, right from ancient times till present. However, from 18th to 20th century, the country had fallen behind in development of science and technology. Around the time of independence, India remained dependent upon other countries for technological skills and expertise for some years. “Today, we stand tall having acquired a systemic capability to be self-reliant and resilient, be it in the field of space science or nuclear energy,” Sahasrabudhe said.
Advising students not to get disheartened by failures, AICTE’s chairman gave an example of Thomas Alva Edison who, despite several failures invented the electric bulb. ” Learn lessons from these failures and move on. never make the same mistake again,” he said, adding that convocation is a moment to rejoice but it is an occasion to remember that the real challenge is to make a world a better place to live in.