Staff Reporter

Integrate industry with academia, says M.S. Valiathan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Industry Interface programme of Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla (MACFAST) was inaugurated by Aswathi Tirunal Gouri Lakshmi Bayi, member of the royal family of erstwhile Travancore, at Technopark here on Monday.

Inaugurating the programme, Ms. Gouri Lakshmi Bayi asked the students of MACFAST to uphold the traditions and legacies of India wherever they went. “While you search the unseen horizons, I will request you not to forget your traditions, heritage and legacies. So wherever you go, whatever you do, remember you go as ambassadors of India,” she said.

The former director of Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology M.S. Valiathan said the Industry Interface and entrepreneurship development programme of MACFAST was a big step in integrating industry with academia.

“There is generally a complete disconnect between the academia and the industry in India. In this kind of unpromising context, the Industry Interface is a big step. Integrating industry-based training with the academic curriculum will make the students more competent in the job market by the end of their course,” he said.

Chhattisgarh State Planning Board Deputy Chairman D.N. Tewari, who delivered the keynote address, said visionary initiatives by institutions such as MACFAST would help India cater to the huge challenges posed by globalisation.

Youngest nation

“By 2020, India will become the youngest nation in the world with 70 percent of its population being below the age of 35. According to the United Nations, the world will need 46 million skilled persons every year from 2020. So the whole world is looking at India with hope. It is in this context that visionary institutions like MACFAST play a significant role by imparting knowledge that promotes production and furthers right action,” he said.

Archbishop Stephen Thottathil also spoke. MACFAST Principal Abraham Mulamoottil delivered the welcome address, while director P.K. Abraham presented the vote of thanks.

Archbishop of Thiruvalla Thomas Mar Koorilos and the former Cochin University of Science and Technology vice-chancellor M.V. Pylee were present at the function. The Industry Interface initiative was aimed at offering collaborative learning opportunities for students with multinational companies. Geojit BNP Paribas, Faith InfoTech and LogicManse are some of the companies collaborating with the programme.