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Achievement: The Vice-President of Tata Consultancy Services, Hema Gopal giving away degree certificate to a student of Saranathan College of Engineering in Tiruchi.
Achievement: The Vice-President of Tata Consultancy Services, Hema Gopal giving away degree certificate to a student of Saranathan College of Engineering in Tiruchi.

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Youth urged to realise that country’s development requires innovation in engineering

TIRUCHI: Intellectual capital will catapult India to great heights; that other nations have already recognised the power of Indian talent is evident in the research, design, and development centres established in the country by 150 major companies of USA and Europe in the last five years, Hema Gopal, Vice-President, Tata Consultancy Services , Chennai, said.

Addressing the Seventh Graduation Day of Saranathan College of Engineering here on Saturday, Ms. Hema said it is the power of the Indian talent that has given the prestige to Indian IT industry like in no other. The challenge before all Indians, whether they are in India or abroad, is to transform ideas into opportunities.

Echoing the thoughts of the former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Ms. Hema said there is a need for integrated action on the following key areas: Agriculture and Food Processing; Education and Healthcare; Information and Communication Technology; Reliable and Quality Electric Power, Surface Transport, Air Transport and Infrastructure for all parts of the country; and Self-Reliance in Critical Technologies.

Progress on these fronts, wherein there were enormous career opportunities, will lead to food, economic and national security, she said, urging the youth to realise that the country’s development requires innovation in engineering.

New technology is required in agricultural field from seeds to cultivation to the grain, food processing and marketing. Likewise, the need for quality human resource in all the spectrum of construction activity necessitates reorientation of the education system for generating world class skills among the youth.

Similarly, the country needs a major thrust in renewable energy sources.

The proposed inter-linking of rivers, Health care, Pharmacy, Information and Communication Technology, Aero Space were other sectors where there were substantial opportunities for engineers and technologists to provide cost-effective solutions for economic growth of the country in the globalised scenario.

Ms. Hema conferred degrees on 403 candidates on the occasion in the presence of the College Principal S. Malayappan, College Secretary S. Ravindran and other functionaries.

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