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Quality of youths’ skill a challenge: DRDO DG

Though India has the advantage of a young workforce, the quality of skills is still a challenge. While about 14 million youngsters turn into workforce every year, just two million among them are trained. There is a huge need for upgrading the “infrastructure for skill-development”, said Dr S Christopher, secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development and Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Published: 18th September 2016 06:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th September 2016 07:29 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Though India has the advantage of a young workforce, the quality of skills is still a challenge. While about 14 million youngsters turn into workforce every year, just two million among them are trained. There is a huge need for upgrading the “infrastructure for skill-development”, said Dr S Christopher, secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development and Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

“Young engineers and graduates should rise up to the challenges and come up with innovative and creative ideas to make India a technology leader. Youth should focus on coming up with ideas, which will ensure national security, cyber security, energy security, economic security , food security, health security and environment security by using technology,” appealed Dr Christopher to the students, speaking at the seventh convocation of Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM) University here on Saturday.

Stating that technologies developed by DRDO are even benefiting general public like bio digesters, Dr Christopher stressed that more focus should be invested on improving the engineering skills in youth.

“We have to invest more on improving the engineering skills in youth, to create quality workforce, which is essential for designing, developing and production of indigenous technologies and equipment, to make India a technology leader and ensuring freedom from denial regimes and external controls,” said Dr Christopher, urging the academia to focus on engineering training.

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science was presented to Dr S Christopher at the convocation ceremony by GITAM University vice chancellor MS Prasada Rao.

The atmosphere at convocation reverberated with youthful brilliance as about 750 students who have completed B.Tech. M.Tech and MBA at the university's Hyderabad and Bangalore campuses, were awarded degrees at the convocation.

“Due to our continuous efforts, we have been able to turn out graduates, who are not just well qualified but also trained and equipped with employability skills. Our placements record proves this point. This academic year, 405 engineering graduates from Hyderabad campus got placed in reputed companies with salary package ranging between Rs 3 to 12 lakh. A student from Bangalore campus secured highest package of Rs 25 lakh in a German automation company,” stated

vice chancellor Prasada Rao, presenting the annual report of GITAM University.

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