Inclusive economic growth. This was the emphasis of speakers at the inaugural of Pragyan ’13, the annual techno-management festival of National Institute of Technology on Thursday.
Eminent nuclear scientist and former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar, District Collector Jayashree Muralidharan and other speakers kept reminding the gathering of future engineers that they had a responsibility to fulfil in lieu of the world class education they were enjoying with the money of taxpayers, particularly the economically backward section of the society.
The country needs to make the most of the demographic dividend, Dr. Anil Kakodkar said in a video-recorded address. The largest youth human resource offers a window of opportunity for transforming India into an economic and technology superpower. While moving up the competitive ladder, the education system must ensure maximum opportunities for the economic progress of all sections of the society. For this to happen, migration from rural to urban areas should be reversed or at least arrested by changing the development model, he felt.
Referring to the significance of knowledge economy, Dr, Anil Kakodkar called for connecting teaching and research with industry needs. The ecosystem on robust technology platform must lead to industry user-end products.
There should be scope for people to move across the domains of industry, research and development, and academic teaching. Also, there must be opportunity for students to go through real-life experience of seeing through translation of research into successful products.
The District Collector placed the onus of rectifying economic disparities on the student community. “Don’t forget that your education comes from poor man. Illiterate people pay taxes for your world class education,” she reminded the student audience. “Even if you pursue career abroad, gain knowledge and come back to do something to the country. Only then can India transform into a superpower.”
Presiding over, NIT-T Director S. Sundarrajan said Pragyan, an ISO 9001:2008 certified event, has scaled up the value of the institution’s brand equity.
The NIT-T was into the process of providing industry orientation to academic programmes, he said. Dean – Students Welfare and Pragyan Convenor, J. Ramprasad, said that since 2005, the students have been raising the bar of the techno-management festival with every passing year.
On Friday, Tessy Thomas, Project Director of Agni V Missile, Defence Research and Development Organisation, delivered a guest lecture on Missile Technologies. Explaining the basics of a missile configuration and elaborated on control, structural capabilities, propulsion systems, energy management guidance, advance navigation systems, aerodynamic simulations and missile electronics, Dr. Tessy Thomas said the country’s dream can be fulfilled by a new generation of engineers.
The age of miniaturisation offers students bright future. The missile scientist displayed a video of the launch of Agni V (April 19, 2012), considered a great achievement for the nation.
Dr. Tessy Thomas also inaugurated the centre of exhibitions for Pragyan 2013. Advanced cutting edge technologies and how these can cater to the needs of common man was displayed to the audience.
Vintage cars, array of missiles exhibited by DRDL, multi-touch sensing devices, HAM radios and models from Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) were some of the products presented on the display.