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PanIIT: Global leaders share views on strategy

Posted on Dec 08, 12:53PM | UNI

US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell here today said, " Both India and the US recognise the importance of exchange of ideas, particularly in the fields of higher education." Sharing dias with leading academics from across the globe at the opening session of the three-day PanIIT Alumni Global Conference 2012 here, Ms Powell said, " India and the US have much to do to collaborate in future in the field of science and technology. " " I look at the Indian companies to collaborate more with American companies to form joint venture in different sectors, including those associated with the higher education, " the US envoy said and added that while on one hand Indian companies had a large pool of capable and experienced human resources, the US on the other enjoyed huge advantages in terms of having 'technologically innovative products'.

Also speaking on the occasion Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said the country required more qualified leaders and professionals in different sectors, including in the departments of science and technology.

" India needs leaders in the field of science, technology, engineering and even in politics, " he said and emphasised that more and more young and educated people should come forward for taking up greater responsibilities of the society.

In this connection the union minister also pointed out that more institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)should provide greater opportunity to the younger generations.

Lord Kumar Bhattacharya, the Warwick-based engineer and academic, said the time had also come for them to improve the vocational centres.

He also underscored the need to provide the best global technology to Indian universities along with the best faculty.

Also speaking on the occasion ITC chairman YC Deveshwar said the country should pay more focus on Research And Development (R and D)'for creating intellectual activities'.

Stating that' Indian business must multiply entrepreneurship', he said, " In order to create employment we need to change the rule of capitalism and migrate to a new model of serving society." West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan also taking part in the inaugural programme said food security and employment generation were matters of concern for India.

" Food security is a crucial issue and employment generation is a matter of concern. Several steps have been taken to overcome the hurdle. However, we need to step up the pace. We need to give greater impetus to technological and other innovation to give our economy the necessary boost, " Mr Narayanan said.

The three-day PanIIT Alumni Global conference 2012, which got off to a colourful start here today, would continue till December nine.

The PanIIT Alumni Association was formed in 2002 to gather all graduating IITians from the IIT since 1955 under one umbrella and engage them in initiatives of common interest.

The PanIIT Global Conference was held in New York last year.