Prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the advances in digital technology and robotics will together make certain types of jobs obsolete and also create many new jobs. Today, universities are expected to excel not only in providing quality education, but more importantly in developing global citizens, and in preparing the students for the new era”, said Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu. Participating in the 8th Convocation of GITAM University in Hyderabad Campus, as the Chief Guest on Saturday Venkaiah Naidu said that we are an old civilization with a young population. No other country has this kind of demographic advantage. Venkaiah observed that India is at the cusp of a massive transformation in all spheres, and an exciting world of infinite opportunities is awaiting students after their graduation. He further said that the economic growth of a country is highly dependent on “the creativity of human resources and innovation through research and development” and hence the faculty must devote time to relevant research. This will improve the intellectual stature of the Universities and make them the powerhouses of knowledge. They can potentially be the think tanks for national policy development.
He opined that universities should equip students with multi-disciplinary knowledge and inter-disciplinary skills to study these problems and look for solutions to meet the challenges. Venkaiah Naidu expressed his satisfaction at the giant strides GITAM University is making in offering world class education by collaborating with prestigious foreign universities like Stanford and in initiating state-of-the-art interdisciplinary courses.
Two doctorates and over 1060 graduate and postgraduate degrees were awarded at the 8th Convocation to students in the faculties of technology and management. Toppers of management and various branches of technology were awarded gold medals. Participating in the Convocation as the distinguished Guest of Honour, Minister for Irrigation, T Harish Rao, said in his address, that the Telangana government has taken the path of “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” to make Telangana the most preferred investment destination in India. He shared the initiatives taken by the Telangana government to promote higher and technical education, employment and entrepreneurship, and overall development in the State, such as establishing Telangana State Council of Higher Education, the T-Hub, Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK), Finishing School for unemployed youth, a programme called Professor of Practice (PoP), and Mission Kakatiya. He congratulated GITAM University for its contribution to quality education in the State.
Chancellor of GITAM University, Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao, said that “Peace should be considered on its own without reference to war, as a condition to prevent conflicts and consequent wars and not as a state that follows a war.”Vice-Chancellor of GITAM University, Prof. M.S. Prasada Rao announced that the ultimate challenging task before the University is to take GITAM to the global league of universities in a time frame of 10 years.