“There will be no shortage of opportunities for talented engineers”
CHENNAI: Becoming a college graduate doesn’t mean that your student days are over. This was the message S. Ramakrishnan, Director-General of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, gave to Anna University-Chennai graduates on Friday, as he emphasised the importance of continuous learning at a time when rapidly changing technology was making old knowledge obsolete.
“The engineer of 2020 will be faced with myriad changes…and will face problems qualitatively different from those they face today,” he told students from the university departments of the College of Engineering, Guindy; Alagappa College of Technology; the Madras Institute of Technology; and the School of Architecture and Planning, on their Graduation Day.
Problems of the future could include communication breakdown, biological terrorism and food and water contamination.
“It will demand, even more so than today, that engineers so educated must embrace continuing education as a career development strategy,” he said.
Despite the global slowdown, there will be no shortage of opportunities for talented engineers in the short-term, he said.
He advised the graduates to focus on long-term research problems as well, on areas such as energy, environment, health, defence, language computing, high performance computing and materials.
“The current recession will give opportunity for our industry also to reflect and draw out plans based on a more balanced future strategy, that is beyond the immediate or the ready western markets,” said Dr. Ramakrishnan.
With regard to research, engineering campuses need to move beyond getting funds for building lab infrastructure.
New disciplines, centres and research topics have to be added and faculty attracted, he said.
A total of 3,514 graduands were given degrees at the function, including 1,668 post-graduates.