TAMIL NADU

`Educational institutions must improvise technology incubation'

RECOGNITION: Anna University Vice-Chancellor, D. Viswanathan, centre, after receiving the TANK-JSS-SPEEK at CON Award from the Director, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, in Tiru chi on Thursday. The Chairperson of TANK - JSS, J. Logambal, right, looks on. Photo: M. Moorthy

RECOGNITION: Anna University Vice-Chancellor, D. Viswanathan, centre, after receiving the TANK-JSS-SPEEK at CON Award from the Director, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, in Tiru chi on Thursday. The Chairperson of TANK - JSS, J. Logambal, right, looks on. Photo: M. Moorthy  



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Says Anna University Vice-Chancellor D. Viswanathan after receiving theSpeek@conAward

TIRUCHI: The country is at the vital stage of transforming the population of youths into productive human resource in the march towards becoming an economic superpower by 2020, as envisioned by the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, D. Viswanathan, said on Thursday.

Dr. Viswanathan was speaking after receiving the >Speek@con (Societal, Physical, Economic, Electronic, and Knowledge Connectivity) Award instituted by the Tamil Nadu Ari Neri Kazhagam, which runs the Jan Sikshan Sansthan (JSS - Institute of People's Education), sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi.

The award, carrying a citation, is meant for planners and administrators who have made outstanding contributions in the field of technology transfer to grassroots.

Though the country has been advancing in the information technology arena, elimination of illiteracy and providing skill orientation to semi-literates and literates must be prioritised.

Referring to China's capability to flood foreign markets with its quality products at cheap rates, he insisted that India must take the cue and rise up to the occasion. Organisations such as the JSS had a prominent role to play in making the youth employable, he said.

Also, percolation of technologies developed by Indian Space Research Organisation and Defence Research and Development Organisation to villages should be systematised in such a way that electronic products are manufactured at the level of cottage industry akin to China. Higher educational institutions must improvise technology incubation. Simultaneously, efforts must be made to link the rivers in the country to ensure food and water security. He later presented certificates to beneficiaries of the JSS programmes. Presenting the award to the Vice-Chancellor, the Director of Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Government of India, G. Rajasekaran, said in a matter of decades, the world's perception of India has witnessed a phenomenal change.

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