VELLORE: Union Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda has called upon engineering graduates to innovate technological solutions for the development of railways in the country.
Inaugurating a three-day international knowledge carnival gravitas-14 at the VIT university here on Friday he said empowering young India through entrepreneurship and innovation was the need of the hour as the responsibility of building a strong India rested on the shoulders of the youth of this nation.
“This country is looking towards you to generate wealth and opportunities for millions of people and create a solid foundation of sustainable economic and social development,” Sadananda Gowda said further.
Referring to the ‘Make in India’ campaign launched by Prime Minister Modi, Gowda said the aim of the campaign was to turn the country into a global manufacturing hub while providing the right eco-system for global investors to empower India. The new government was making every effort to simplify norms to provide a conducive business environment to encourage MSME enterprises that formed the backbone of this country, he added.
B Mahesh Sarma, editor of Careers 360 magazine, exhorted students to ‘think out of the box’ and come up with ideas that would find relevance for the community. “It is all about perseverance,” he added.
In his presidential address, VIT chancellor G Viswanathan said entrepreneurs should be prepared to take risks and ‘we train our students to attain this attitude’. India can become a manufacturing hub only when we emerge as world leaders in education and realise our potential, he added.
Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda said his ministry was planning to set up railway universities across the country on the lines of those in China. With an employee strength of 13.5-lakh, Indian railways was spending huge money on re-orienting manpower it absorbs to suit the needs of the national transporter. A dedicated railway university would meet this manpower demand of the railways, and the ministry has sent a study team to China in this regard, he added.
Giving details about the various e-initiatives taken by the railways, he said, “We are moving towards a paperless administration in the railways with the introduction of technological innovations that include next generation ticketing system, real time train tracking, mobile based wake up call system for passengers as well as destination alert, station navigation information system, digital parcel management system, etc.