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Updated: February 11, 2014 11:48 IST

Call to focus on inter-disciplinary skills

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Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT, Hyderabad, B.V.R. Mohan Reddy and Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju proceeding towards the dais in a procession at the Convocation of Andhra University in Visakhapatnam on Monday. Photo: K.R. Deepak
The Hindu Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT, Hyderabad, B.V.R. Mohan Reddy and Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju proceeding towards the dais in a procession at the Convocation of Andhra University in Visakhapatnam on Monday. Photo: K.R. Deepak

Chairman of Board of Governors of IIT, Hyderabad, presented AU honorary doctorate

“The future needs every discipline, but more importantly the work is leaning more towards inter-disciplinary skills. I would, therefore, encourage students to train themselves to become multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted professionals in the years to come,” Chairman of Board of Governors of IIT, Hyderabad and CMD of Infotech Enterprises B.V.R. Mohan Reddy said here on Monday.

Earlier, Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju, who presided in the absence of Governor and Chancellor of the university E.S.L. Narasimhan, conferred honorary doctorate on Mr. Mohan Reddy.

Delivering Convocation address at the 80 and 81 Convocation of Andhra University on ‘Improving our world through technology’, Mr. Mohan Reddy said technology was changing rapidly and though it was difficult to predict its future three areas – mobile technology which redefined how people would communicate, work and play and ‘wearable technology’, the internet of things in which sensors and actuators embedded into objects, transform the physical world into a large information system; and 3D printing of an object, including human organs, with the help of its data – explain the mega trends in technology and also throw open windows of opportunity for budding professionals.

Talking about connecting technology he said India should embrace the mobile internet to reap the many benefits it would provide. e-Governance, e-Learning and e-Health were bridging the large gaps, Mr. Mohan Reddy said and was confident that the mobile internet technology would be a powerful lever for India’s huge population in its social and economic transformation.

“As the next generation of professional, you have great opportunity to participate in this transformation. Your natural ability to understand and exploit technology can help us find more innovative ways to address traditional development challenge”, he said.

Technology could bring inclusive changes in governance, education and healthcare and benefit many, including the poor, Mr. Mohan Reddy observed.

Prof. Raju in his annual report highlighted the many achievements of the university. Rector E.A. Narayana, Registrar K. Rama Mohana Rao, former Vice-Chancellors Koneru Ramakrishna Rao and K.V. Ramana, principals of campus colleges, Deans, chairmen of Boards of Studies, and members of Academic Senate were among those present. Ph.D. degrees, prizes and gold medals were awarded.

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