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Published: Monday, 20 June, 2016 5:48 PM
‘GIVE FREEDOM TO STUDENTS TO UNLEASH THEIR INNOVATIVE POTENTIAL’ AICTE CHAIRMAN
BIMTECH CONDUCTS 29th Commencement Day “Deeksharambh”, June 19, 2016, Greater Noida
‘Though India is growing at a rate of 7.5 percent, employment rate is not growing’. This was the comment given by Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) at the 29th Commencement Day Programme for the Academic Batch 2016-18 on 19th June, 2016, in the Greater Noida campus of the Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH). Continuing in this vein, he mentioned that quite a few of the schemes of the Government of India like the Swachh Abhiyan, the Make in India and the others are actually good entrepreneurial opportunities.
He reiterated the fact that the focus of every individual as well as the institutes should be to transform youth into good human beings and responsible citizens of the country. He laid special emphasis on the importance of communication skills, sound values and multitasking and encouraged the students to join various clubs to get the lifeskills necessary for success. He also mentioned how challenging it was to keep the students engaged in the classrooms and mobile devices are a big distraction. He also mentioned that AICTE has constituted a committee to create a system where credits can be given to students who devote time in creating new ventures, apart from their time in the classrooms.
He drew attention to the fact that India is lagging far behind other countries when it comes to the Innovation Index. In this context he mentioned the GIAN project of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, which funds public institutions to invite foreign faculties. The idea is that this will help in cross pollination and interaction of ideas. The honorable guest appreciated the endeavours of BIMTECH in grooming thought leaders and reposed faith in the institute and the new batch that they shall contribute greatly in nation building.
Dr Sahasrabudhe emphasized on giving more freedom to the young students, so that they could come out with innovative ideas. In that context he mentioned the experiment that he had carried out in the College of Engineering, Pune, where he had been as the Director. He said that students were given the freedom to work beyond the normal working hours in the labs and libraries. The net result was students coming out with satellite project proposal which was later accepted by ISRO, which is now ready for launch.
The Commencement day at BIMTECH is a time of ceremony, pageantry, and rejoicing, much of it representing traditions that are decades old in this unique academic celebration, which dates back to the Vedic era when the ‘Deeksha aarambh’ ceremony would be conducted for students entering the Gurukul.
In the welcome address, by Dr. H. Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH, he spoke about the special strengths of the institute. He motivated the young would- be managers to think exponentially and promised to make them the ‘ shining stars in the Indian business firmament’. Dr. Chaturvedi also emphasized the heterogeneity of the students and faculty. In the new batch of 2016-18, there are students from around 26 states and 171 cities in India, having multidisciplinary educational and cultural backgrounds. He also mentioned that BIMTECH celebrates this diversity through various festivals.
He emphasized that BIMTECH is an industry backed b-school, from the house of Birla's. It is not an owner-driven but faculty and student driven college which started its journey in 1980. It is backed by nearly 6,500 successful alumni and has been partnered with more than 65 foreign Universities and B-schools.
In keeping with the theme of the evening, the Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development ( CIED) of BIMTECH also released their Annual Report for the academic year 2015-16. The vote of thanks was given by Dr. Anupam Varma, Dy. Director, BIMTECH.
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