Staff Reporter

Conference on ‘Data warehousing and mining’ inaugurated

India has caught up with the West

After five years, the rest of the world will realise India’s progress

TIRUCHI: India with its burgeoning middle-class population is in the midst of a major transformation, Kenneth A. Ritley, Director, Engineering Project Office, Hewlett-Packard, said on Thursday.

He was inaugurating an international conference on ‘Data warehousing, Data mining and Networking’ at the Jayaram College of Engineering and Technology.

Dr. Kenneth said that by 2015, the middle class population of India was poised to grow to 500 million, double that of the US.

Despite its poverty, India had moved up to the level of the West, noted Dr. Kenneth, an American brought up in Germany and settled in Bangalore since 2005.

After five years, the rest of the world would realise India’s progress, he said.

He commissioned a video-conferencing facility on the occasion, and applauded the institution located in a rural area for taking the technological stride.

The facility will help the institution in keeping pace with the developments in cutting-edge areas such as nanotechnology and cryptography, he said.

Presiding over, M. Subramaniam, College Chairman, said the college had set a precedent by providing laptops to first year students.

The video-conferencing facility has been linked with eight stations to benefit from lecture sessions handled by experts. The facility would also help companies to conduct campus interviews without having to spend time on travel. He informed that the college would shortly sign a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, for knowledge sharing in piping technology. Renganathan Sourirajan, Head – Process, Technology & Engineering; R. Vaidhyanathan, Global Head – Corporate Crisis Management, TCS, Chennai; and C.E. Venimadhavan, Professor, Department of Computer Science & Automation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, provided insights on the conference topic. GRD Trust Founder Nirmala Subramaniam; Principal P. Ramachandran; Principal P. Ramachandran, and Conference Convenor S. Mythili Janakiraman spoke.