Encouraging free thinking among students and supporting their areas of interests would lead to development of start-up eco system in the country.
Addressing IIT Madras students on Monday, Telangana State IT Minister, K.T. Rama Rao, said students had immense talent in software. This had to be dove-tailed with start-up sector to break new records.
Delivering a talk on “Innovate, incubate and incorporate – start-up eco system development in India”, Mr. Rao wanted the IITs to give more focus on research and development. Similarly, government should also formulate plans accordingly. If R&D was given proper impetus, innovations like Facebook, Tesla will take place in India also.
Explaining the Telangana government’s T-Hub and T-Works concepts, he asked students across the country to utilise them. Mr. Rao also explained how these applications functioned.
KTR declared that Telangana government was ready to work with IITs across the country to develop IT sector in the state. He also replied questions posed by the students. When asked how he was able to handle key portfolios, KTR said ‘because of interest’. He immediately added that he was unable to get free time like the students.
He further said Telangana government was promoting handloom sector and every Monday all government officials were told to wear handloom dresses. Since he was appearing before the students he chose to put on T-shirt, KTR remarked.
IIT Madras director, Bhaskar Rammurthy, IT secretary, Jayesh Ranjan were among those present on the occasion.