Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum, in association with, ISQT Process and Consulting services Pvt. Ltd, (ISQT), Bangalore, has organized Two Day International Conference on “Harnessing Technology Skills for Employability” at “Jnana Sangama” VTU Belgaum on 21st and 22nd February 2014.
The inaugural function of the conference was held on 21st February 2014. Sri R. Shivakumar, President, Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FKCCI) was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the conference. Dr. Ravikanth Malladi, Chief Technology Officer, General Electrics, India delivered the Key-note address. Dr. H. Maheshappa, Vice Chancellor, VTU will presided over the function.
In his key-note address, Dr. Malladi said that, Developing countries have become emerging markets for Multi-national companies. We, in India, should concentrate on innovations and products for our local markets. India should be incubation center, then only it is possible to provide innovative products to world. At the same time, we should maintain integrity in our business. Presently, our priority should be to fulfill the energy needs and affordable and quality health care facilities to the people. “Now, we have been provided better health care facilities in major cities, but should think of second level cities”, he added. “Students should first understand fundamentals of their subjects for better career” he advised.
Sri R. Shivakumar, said that “VTU should regularly conduct competence training programmes for the students to prepare them for employability and entrepreneurial culture amongst them”
Dr. H. Maheshappa, Vice Chancellor, VTU in his presidential address said that, “today’s young generation is the most educated, yet, they make up nearly half of the world’s jobless population. Poor quality of education has emerged as a major concern for this situation. Particularly, in developing countries where curricula and teaching methods seem to have remained largely unchanged over the years”
“Industries require conceptual skills, analytical skills, verbal skills, interpersonal skills and technical skills. Enhancing employability through imparting required skills has become the imperative of the technical education system”, he added.
Sri Arunkumar Khannur, Chairman & CEO, ISQT Process and Consulting services Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore briefed about the conference, Dr. K. E. Prakash, Registrar of VTU welcomed and Dr. H. G. Shekharappa, Registrar(Evaluation) of VTU extended vote of thanks.
Dr. D. H. Rao, Dean, VTU, Dr. K. Chidananda Gouda, Former VC, Kuvempu University, Representatives from various leading industries and over 500 students participated in the function.