However, Governor cautions against mindless rat race over technology

: Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo said it is essential to integrate modern technology in the learning and teaching processes, as all educational institutions strive to improve their quality to make it commensurate with global standards.

Mr. Wanchoo was speaking at the inaugural of the 7th annual symposium on ‘Very large scale integration and embedded system’ organised by the Department of Computer Science of Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science in association with VLSI Goa Chapter at Margao on Saturday.

Subhash Phaldesai, MLA and chairman of Goa Infotech Corporation Ltd., and principal of the college R.V. Gaonkar were present.

Expectations

The Governor called for a more robust educational system which would provide increased technology-oriented learning and a modern teaching environment. He said that it was also a fact that the expectations of the people from the scientific and engineering community were higher now than at anytime before. However, he cautioned against the mindless rat race over technology.

The Governor said the number of patents applied for by Indians was meagre. Sadly, our youth do not seem to be very keen in taking up research in areas which are of importance to society.

Royalties

While the number of papers which are presented at national and international conferences by Indians were not small, the conversion of ideas into something concrete was generally done somewhere else, he remarked and added, “As a result, we are the ones who end up paying royalties to these companies to buy useful products.” The Governor, called upon the VLSI society to take steps in this direction. It is said talent can win games, but it is the teamwork that helps win championships, Mr. Wanchoo stated.

Deepak P. Chodankar, president VSI-Goa, in his introductory remarks, said VLSI Society of India will have to play a pivotal role, being at the forefront of the Semiconductor Technology. VSLI, Goa chapter, has facilitated the initiation and support of VLSI-related activities at various colleges in Goa, he said.

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