Albertian Institute of Management organized a National Seminar on ‘Startup India Standup India’ on 22nd March 2016. The seminar was organized in association with Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation ( KSIDC ). Inaugurating the seminar, Mr.Jyothikumar, Executive Director, KSIDC, said that an initiative like Startup India has never been seen before in the country and he appreciated the initiative. He was of the view that the seminar of this nature will give value addition to the participants. Commenting on the ‘Start-up India Stand-up India’ programme, he said that this venture has a chance of bringing in a great revolution that would translate into extraordinary growth. Technology has today become a driver in many of the cases and IITs that are centres of excellence in engineering are doing more work in the area of medical sciences. He reminded the students to keep aware of the developments around them. The interfaces that one is able to have with the industry should enable persons to become value added outputs. He wished everyone the very best and advised all present to keep the doors open for being successful managers and entrepreneurs.
At the same time, expressing his apprehensions, Mr.Jyothikumar told that the youth of this country should study, analyse and evaluate their entrepreneurial ventures before they startup. Learn lessons from failures, adopt to changes, be an innovator and be smart, he said. Dr. Rajagopala Nair, Director, AIM, opened the proceedings by welcoming the gathering and giving an overview of the start-up scenario in the country. Commenting on the success and failure factors of the start-ups in the country, he was of the opinion that the start-ups would play a significant role in the overall development of the country. Prof. Harry Cleetus, Principal, St. Albert’s College in his presidential address stated that in an earlier period the concern of the UGC and in turn the colleges was only related to academics, but during the last 20 years all these have changed and a new delivery system has been put in place with the introduction of projects. Entrepreneurship is the new buzz word and all institutions have incorporated EDP programmes as an essential feature of the education process. Dr.M.Raghupathi, Govt. Arts College, Komarapalayam and Col.( Retd. ) Sayed Makkar, Indian Military Service, offered felicitations. Mr.Nidhin Johny, Asst. Professor, AIM, proposed the vote of thanks. Followed by the inauguration, two plenary sessions were organised. Dr.Sebastian Thomas, Asst. Gen. Manager, KSIDC, delivered the key note address in the first plenary session and Mr.Sundaresh Gopala Pai, Founder, Orange-i, in the second session. Mr.Regil Das and Mrs. Nandini Das, Startup Entrepreneurs shared their experiences with the audience. Delegates from other institutions and B-Schools have presented their papers in the technical session. Certificates were distributed by Dr.Jude Martin Mendez, Vice-Principal, St.Albert’s College, who was the Chief Guest for the valedictory session. Dr.Titus Correya, Professor, AIM, proposed the vote of thanks.