Kozhikode

‘Nurture innovation, entrepreneurship’

Kozhikode, Keral05/12/2015:Noted physicist and former director of IIT Kharagpur K.L.Chopra presenting the degree certificate to a graduate during the 11th convocation of the National Institute of Technology Calicut in Kozhikode on Saturday. 

Kozhikode, Keral05/12/2015:Noted physicist and former director of IIT Kharagpur K.L.Chopra presenting the degree certificate to a graduate during the 11th convocation of the National Institute of Technology Calicut in Kozhikode on Saturday. 

The Make-in-India movement will take a big leap if the government and academic institutions start seriously the processes of nurturing innovations and entrepreneurship as an integral and essential part of our educational system, said K.L. Chopra, noted physicist and former director, IIT, Kharagpur.

Delivering the 11th convocation lecture of the National Institute of Technology-Calicut here on Friday, Prof. Chopra said the Centre had created some of the best national documents on the subject, including the declaration of 2010-2020 as the decade of innovation.

“ But, we need a liberal and pragmatic academia and proactive government policies to hold the hand of an entrepreneur generously through their endeavours, ” he said, pointing out that India had only 12 Science and Technology Entrepreneur Parks and some 60 Incubators in its academia, compared to over 600 in academic institutions in China.

Prof. Chopra said young men and women should be empowered to become “Technopreneurs of Knowledge ” if creativity and innovation are fundamental to a knowledge economy. Entrepreneurship is the process of translating an innovation into the reality of a useful product or process. Both innovation and entrepreneurship play a significant role in developing new pathways for the wealth and economic growth of a knowledge society.

“Let us not forget that it is the entrepreneurs who have put India on the global Information Technology (labeled Indian Technology) map. An entrepreneur has a special DNA. He/she is a dreamer, tinkerer, risk-taker and enjoys the excitement of adventure, challenge and creativity,” he said.

Prof. Chopra, who has made invaluable contributions in nanotechnology, said life sciences and biomedical sciences were important beneficiaries of the rapidly evolving field of nanotechnology. However, the most significant development in the field is that life scientist, physical and chemical scientists, engineers, and technologists have now started to join hands to work together and create new seamless multidisciplinary frontiers.

Over 1,400 graduates of the NITC under the various streams for 2014-15 took part in the ceremony. These included batches from B.Tech (861); B.Arch (39); M.Tech (338); MBA (33); MCA (43); M.Sc (49) and Ph.D (52).

Aruna Jayanthi, chairperson, Board of Governors, NITC, and Shivaji Chakravoti, director, NITC were present.


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