VISAKHAPATNAM: Students should aim to become entrepreneurs rather than chase jobs in big companies, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said.
Interacting with students after inaugurating the first start-up facility of Andhra Pradesh - Sunrise Startup at the Technology Research and Innovation Park (TRIP) at Rushikonda here Monday, he said that the government was keen on encouraging young minds by creating a support system in the form of startup facilities.
The chief minister pointed out that companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Google were started by youngsters who used their creative genius. “The students should strive to be creative. We are ready to support you even if you fail. We want all of you to put in your best efforts to become entrepreneurs rather than seeking jobs elsewhere,” he added. Earlier, the aspiring entrepreneurs also had an interactive session with Infosys executive vice-chairman Kris Gopalakrishnan at the Sunrise Startup facility. Gopalakrishnan explained the need for entrepreneurship and the importance of the facilities provided by the startup village. “Students with good ideas can come to the Sunrise Startup and use the incubation facilities available there. When it is developed into a product, they can set up their own company elsewhere,” he added.
Giving an insight into the rapidly changing IT sector, Gopalakrishnan said that the distinction between services and products is getting blurred and what is a product today, is becoming a service tomorrow. He said that Indian IT majors were not into product development unlike companies like Microsoft and Google which promote startups and technology accelerators to develop applications and services using their platforms. Founder and executive chairman of Cyient BVR Mohan Reddy urged the students to utilise the opportunity provided at the Sunrise Startup.