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Students need to be encouraged into startup culture, says AICTE Chairman

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Anil Sahasrabudhe

There is a need to bring students into startup culture and to provide them a platform where they can convert their bright ideas into innovation, said AICTE Chairman Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe while addressing a gathering at 51st annual day of the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) on Friday.

Explaining about the role of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Sahasrabudhe said that the AICTE is not just a regulator but also a facilitator committed to improving the quality of technical education. “We should create a support system for students, including more internship or skill programme, to hone their skills,” he added.

Referring unemployability as one of the major problems among students in present times, he also suggested that startups can be one of the solutions to the problem. He said, “The lack of resources and unemployment are the major challenges. We should focus on startups. The AICTE has made its own startup policy through which universities and colleges along with their normal courses will start entrepreneurship courses.”

To promote innovation among students, Sahasrabudhe said that lab and research centres should be opened for 24 hours for students so that they can do research and draw their ideas.

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“The Indian students have a lot of potential, we just need to identify and channelise their ideas in the right direction,” he further added.

While sharing his views on the challenges faced by technical education in the country, he appreciated the new initiatives and innovations being undertaken by NITTTR for technical teacher training to improve the quality of technical education. He assured the support of the AICTE to the institute towards qualitative improvement of technical education in the country.

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