- A Gathering of Experts: Industry Leaders, Academicians and Government Officials to Focus on skill development, capacity enhancement and research collaboration
IIT Roorkee in Collaboration with NITTTR, Chandigarh hosts the International Colloquium for Industry-Academia to Foster Industry-Academia Integration and Sustainable Development. The event convened industry experts, esteemed academicians, and government officials, all dedicated to fostering a robust partnership between these sectors, while also advancing sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on the Tricity region.
The overarching theme of the event revolved around fortifying the bond between academia and industry to facilitate sustainable growth.
During the colloquium, the spotlight shone on various facets of industry-academia integration, including the pivotal areas of skill development and capacity enhancement. Notably, the event showcased IIT Roorkee’s strong research ecosystem, exemplified by its Techsarthi initiative, which actively promotes research collaboration.
Experts emphasised the importance of aligning the skill development programmes, research and academic initiatives with the needs of industry and society. It emphasises the need for academic restructuring to promote innovation, research, and skill development.
This restructuring is crucial for the growth of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and to fulfill the objectives of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” by removing the rigidities of disciplines and promoting multi-disciplinarity. This approach encourages students to pursue a combination of subjects and develop skills in multiple areas.
This will enable them to explore different career options and be adaptable to the changing needs of the job market. MSMEs can benefit from a workforce that has a diverse skill set and can contribute to various aspects of the business. Through NEP 2020, Efforts are being made by IIT Roorkee to create an ecosystem that is rooted in Indian ethos as well as aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It aspires to develop our youth as Global Citizens who can find solutions to global problems with values of humility and compassion.
The colloquium garnered enthusiastic reception from participants representing 9 different countries and various industrial associations in the Tricity region. They deeply appreciated the profound insights and discussions that unfolded during the event, expressing a strong eagerness to collaborate with IIT Roorkee and NITTTR in translating the discussed ideas and initiatives into reality within their respective organisations.
Furthermore, these stakeholders expressed a keen desire to extend and amplify the impact of IIT Roorkee’s TechSarthi initiatives in the Tricity region. This collective commitment underscores IIT Roorkee’s pivotal role in catalysing the development of a sustainable future and aligning with the vision of “AtmaNirbhar Bharat,” emphasising self-reliance, innovation, and entrepreneurship.