I’m glad to inform you that I’ve been selected as one of the fellows of Kerala Startup Mission for the year 2016. As we all know, Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) formerly known as ‘Technopark Technology Business Incubator’ , is the India’s first and Most successful Non Academic Business Incubator, hosted and housed inside the Asia Largest IT Park Technopark. Technopark Technology Business Incubator (T-TBI), a joint association of Technopark, Trivandrum and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, to help the technology business start-ups, started operation during 2007.
As a fellow, my responsibilities include but are not limited to be a campaigner for technology startup activities in the state and conduct events like entrepreneurship awareness camps, maker sessions, hackathons and ideathons etc.
Ever since I joined engineering and felt the pulse of it, I’ve understood that the existing curriculum and the system is not challenging enough for students to develop skills that would help them land in a job or a career. Exams are main criterion in which the current education system works and it rates a student based on his memory capacity and that’s what holding us back in the higher education scene. Surveys from bodies like NASSCOM which outlines that only less than 25% engineering graduates are employable suggest the depth of the problem.
For any startup eco-system to sustain, it should get access to a steady flow of talent. You’ve got Stanford University in the case of Silicon Valley, which forms the core of many startups there. Through this fellowship, I would like to address this very issue of skill development amongst college students. An initiative through which atleast 1000 engineering students who’re into their 2nd/3rd year of study are equipped with state-of-art technical skills, soft skills that would help them in their career, exposure to technical competitions and meetups and internship opportunities through a span of 1 year. I will be writing an article in detail about the idea soon.
The first meetup of fellows at KSUM office at Technopark was very interesting. We were able to meet with with KSUM Team – Jayasankar sir, Varun Sir, Ashok Sir, Vishal Sir, Surya ma’m and some of the current fellows like Abhilash and Akshai. Also met the other fellows who’ve joined this year alongside me and spend some valuable time mingling with them and their ideas. It’s a wonderful team and I strongly believe together we can make a difference. Looking forward to a wonderful year ahead!