Vice-president of Robert Bosch Sudhakar Kunte releasing proceedings of the conference in Coimbatore on Thursday. (From left) principal of CIT R. Prabhakar; Head of School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at OSU Keith A.Teague; Correspondent of CIT S.R.K.Prasad; Dean of College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU Karl N .Reid; and Regents Professor at OSU R.Ramakumar are in the picture. Thanks to globalisation, driven by modern communication and other advances, workers in virtually every sector must now face competitors who live just a mouse-click away. They might be in Ireland, Finland, China, India, or in a dozen other nations whose economies are growing,” Karl N. Reid, Dean, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Oklahoma State University (OSU), the U.S., said here on Thursday.
Inaugurating a three-day international conference on “Sensors, Security, Software and Intelligent Systems” at the Coimbatore Institute of Technology (CIT), he said companies like Toyota, Samsung, Intel, Microsoft, etc., had captured the world markets. “We have seen centres of excellence come up in all parts of the world, including in countries that have been defined as underdeveloped.”
Giving Taiwan and India, he said that there had been remarkable changes from 1969 to 2001 in these countries. From martial law in 1969 Taiwan had undergone an economic miracle. “Today, it is a country that has become a major player in the world market, in select areas. It has developed science parks that serve as models for the world,” Mr. Reid said. In the case of India, he said students no longer had to leave the country for higher education. “Very fine institutions of higher learning in engineering and science and other fields have come up in the last 30 years.”
S.R.K. Prasad, Correspondent, CIT, said with China coming up with engineering colleges on a par with the standard of Indian Institutes of Technology and setting up of export zones for Information Technology (IT) with phenomenal infrastructure, India would find it difficult to continue to revel in the pride of being an IT giant.
“The recent scam in the IT sector is very sad for a sector which is already suffering. South East Asian countries like Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore are coming up in a big way as lower end IT service providers. Without good technology, Indian IT companies cannot survive, ” Mr. Prasad said. Sudhakar Kunte, vice-president, Robert Bosch, Engineering and Business Solutions Limited, India, R. Ramakumar, Regents Professor, OSU, and R. Prabhakar, Principal CIT, spoke.