For India to become the world’s technology hub, we need to lead from the front in our understanding of cutting-edge methods, knowledge- driven management and implementation capability. With India metamorphosing into one of the fastest growing economies, job creation and skilling seem to be natural tools to ensure sustainable growth. The onerous responsibility of producing engineering graduates who are employable lies with the engineering institutions. Employability does not mean that a student should be placed in an industry before he/she leaves the portals of an institution. Employability means equipping engineering graduates with necessary technical skills, communication skills, leadership qualities, soft skills, professional ethics and a social responsibility.

Global Academy of Technology (GAT) has understood the need for integrating meaningful research activities with academics to enhance the scholastic standards in teaching and the quality of output. The management of the GAT has determined to promote research and consultancy activities in association with industries and national/ international institutions of repute. Management of GAT has constituted a RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE (RAC) to guide the institution with a clear focus on the way the activities of research and consultancy must progress. Research and consultancy policies have been drafted and approved by the management to enable and motivate the faculty to undertake research and consultancy activities.

The present focus of GAT is to improve the laboratory infrastructure by bringing new industry relevant technology to enable higher level of learning in students, foster integrated learning by providing multiple industry relevant interfaces, enable students to take up industry relevant projects and encourage faculty to take up research by providing ability to add customer logic.

As a part of institutional social responsibilities, institutes should incubate technological startups by providing facilities such as office space, technology and lab support, infrastructure support, industry interface, exposure to the investor community, financial management support, legal support on Intellectual Property Rights and Patents, and other such assistance so that the startups can get guidance and mentoring during the incubation to overcome the initial hurdles with ease in starting the business. These centers can bridge the gap between industries and educational institutions. Students collaborate with companies on campus for internships and projects and develop technological products which can have an impact on industry and society. Efforts are on to start an incubation center in the institute. GAT Incubation Center envisages to have tie-ups with industries/ alumni/ multinational companies/ institutes of repute through which the activities of incubation can be strengthened. The institute has already signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with twenty industries and institutes of repute.

Students of GAT with an entrepreneurial bent of mind are advised to utilize this opportunity to enable themselves to become successful entrepreneurs.

Let me conclude my thoughts with a Chinese saying - "If a man is hungry do not give him a fish; make him learn the art of fishing"

Wishing the Research fraternity and students of GAT all the very best.

Dr. H M Rajashekar Swamy

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