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Convocation of College of Engineering, Trinvandrum

Namaskar! Warm greetings to:


• Principal Dr. Savier J S
• Deans, faculty members and young graduates of this University


I am extremely glad to be here in Trivandrum to attend the Convocation ceremony of the College of Engineering. Firstly, I extend my congratulations to the young graduates of Research, M.Tech and B.Tech who are ready to embark on a new chapter of their lives, which is going to be filled with lots of challenges and achievements. This occasion is indeed a significant milestone in your lives as the journey of both professional and personal growth will take a leap.


Friends, do not consider this day as the end of your academic journey, instead term your graduation as the stepping stone for future plans. From today onwards, keep your mind windows open to explore, engage and experience something new and innovative. We are living in the Amrit Kaal and this is the time to take a quantum leap in your career. Do some critical thinking, upskill and reskill yourself with new technologies and ideas and mark a space for yourself in the world of rapid evolution.


In a rapidly changing world, I urge you to approach every obstacle as an opportunity for growth and innovation. As graduates of CET you are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and ethical values to navigate the complexities of the global landscape. Friends, AI and other emerging technologies are indeed transforming various aspects of our lives, and while it offers incredible potential, there are concerns about its impact on jobs, decision-making, and society as a whole. As machines and AI systems become more advanced, there's an uncertainty of jobs in some sectors. However, I always feel that instead of creating a fear of losing something, one should embrace change and adapt to new ways of sustainability and growth. With the introduction of disruptive innovations it becomes important for you to be upgraded and equipped with the emerging and advanced technologies. Therefore, one should always keep the learning spirit alive forever.


Therefore, students need to develop these humane skills alongside technical knowledge. I would like to highlight the AICTE courses in emerging areas like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Block Chain, Robotics, Quantum Computing, Data Sciences etc. We designed these courses to equip students and faculty with the necessary digital skills to adapt to the rapidly changing demands of the 21st-century economy. These courses are meticulously designed to provide students with industry-relevant skills, thereby improving their employability and competitiveness in the job market.


Also, in the context of emerging technologies, it becomes crucial for us to understand the importance of humaneness, emotional intelligence, and social well-being. While machines excel in tasks involving data processing, pattern recognition, and computation, they lack the innate human abilities of empathy, creativity, critical thinking, and emotional understanding. In an effort to introduce Human Values among students through education, AICTE has framed the curriculum for Minor Degree in Universal Human Values (UHV) to develop teachers, parents and policy makers of tomorrow who will have a humane worldview along with technical skills and strive to ensure value-based living for themselves as well as the society.


Friends, the youth of our nation possess the capability to elevate India to the status of a global superpower. We have consistently been at the forefront in numerous sectors. In recent years, India has experienced remarkable growth, with digital transformation being a key component. This digital evolution is driven by our unwavering dedication to innovation and swift execution. India's Digital Public Infrastructure provides scalable, secure, and inclusive solutions to global challenges. The Aadhar card, CoWIN platform, and UPI system are just a few of the successful illustrations of India's digital advancement.


Under the leadership of Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji, India has rapidly emerged as a global powerhouse in the startup ecosystem. India emerged as the third largest startup ecosystem in the world. The country's startup ecosystem has witnessed an unprecedented surge, supporting a culture of innovation, risk-taking, and technological advancements. India's remarkable journey to becoming a global startup hub can be attributed to a combination of key factors like government support, access to funding, evolving tech landscape and a young tech-savvy population. This has propelled its growth trajectory to new heights. To continue the journey towards fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and the development of a robust startup ecosystem, it is vital to cultivate a culture of innovation within our academic institutions and beyond. The creation of a vibrant startup ecosystem requires a concerted effort from all stakeholders – educators, students, investors, industry partners, and policymakers. Also, it is important to create an environment that attracts investors, venture capitalists, and angel funders to support the ventures of budding entrepreneurs.


In view of the same, The All India Council for Technical Education launched ‘Ministry of Education - AICTE Investor Network’, a meticulously designed platform jointly established by AICTE and the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell (MIC) with a vision to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the education sector. The network aims to provide crucial financial support, mentoring, and strategic guidance to early-stage student or faculty-led startups. The platform aligns with the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra to create a vibrant ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship. Apart from this, AICTE organises hackathons like Smart India Hackathon etc, and Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship (IDE) bootcamps to promote the innovative skills among the youths. Recently, Hon’ble PM inaugurated AICTE’s first Indovation Centre and AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy in Jaipur. These initiatives have a sole purpose to boost startup and entrepreneurship culture among youths. The PM says that the young generation’s enthusiasm, willpower and desire for nation-building has become the identity of India’s youth power.


Push your boundaries and limits and prepare yourself to accept and adapt to the change we are witnessing due to emerging technologies. Revamp your mindset from job seeker to a job giver. Instil a niche of becoming an entrepreneur within yourself.


Friends, whatever profession you choose to go to, application of technology is absolutely essential. As future engineers, you have the power to shape the future, to innovate, to create, and to solve problems that seem insurmountable. Remember, greatness lies not just in the pursuit of individual success but in the impact we make on the lives of others. Whether you're designing ground-breaking technology, constructing sustainable infrastructure, or revolutionizing industries, let your work be a testament to your passion, dedication, and commitment to excellence. It is our duty to use our knowledge and skills not only for personal success but also for the betterment of society.


You are young and have a lot of capabilities to bring change. Try to find platforms that cater your innovative ideas and skills into a meaningful solution. AICTE in its own endeavour is taking proactive steps for the youths like you. Our new graduates have immense options available for internships and placements through AICTE initiatives. AICTE internship portal has immense opportunities for young graduates who want to scale new heights in their career. The portal has over 4 crore registered students with over 75,000 companies offering internships. AICTE partnered with big international and national companies like Meta, Salesforce, Cisco, Amazon etc. to provide better job and internship opportunities to our students. Very recently we signed an MoU with Apna.co, India’s leading jobs and professional networking platform.


The strategic partnership of AICTE with apna.co will ensure access to placement services to students of AICTE approved Institutions through ‘AICTE Career Portal’, a significant element of this collaboration. The portal will bridge the talent gap and leverage students with an extensive network of job and internship opportunities. The portal will offer features like an AI-based resume builder and comprehensive assistance for students in navigating job and career exploration with the AI-aided interview preparation facility.


The initiatives AICTE is taking are in line with the National Education Policy 2020 which envisions a multidisciplinary approach with a major focus on innovation, research and development and regional language. I urge our young people to get themselves involved in Research and Development in different fields as it is the backbone of a globally competitive, knowledge-driven economy. Promoting Innovation through R&D will help to develop new products and services that drive growth, create jobs, and improve the national welfare. Investing in research and development ensures high market participation. Skill-based learning has become a necessity today as we live in an era of unprecedented transformation. The advent of new technology has led us into a growth-driven era full of opportunities.


I encourage young minds of our country to go through the technical books developed by AICTE in Hindi and other regional languages. When you think in your mother tongue, your ideas will be much better and sharper, fostering greater innovation. You can read the technical course books available in regional languages. AICTE has released textbooks in English and 12 other regional languages for undergraduate and diploma courses, accessible for free on the AICTE’s e-kumbh portal.


I convey my heartiest congratulations to the Graduates of College of Engineering Trivandrum. Each one of you has received a formal recognition in the form of a degree that will empower you to become a great achiever and will make your parents proud and your Alma mater proud of you for years to come. However, as you celebrate your achievements, do not forget the support systems that have been the bedrock of your success. Your families, professors, mentors, and friends have been our guiding lights, offering unwavering encouragement, wisdom, and love. Their sacrifices and belief in our abilities have brought you to this momentous day.


My dear young ladies and gentlemen, the world is big. You have plenty of opportunities before you. You deserve to be proud of this achievement, and to take this opportunity to celebrate. Let your dream be your wings to carry you into the future. As you embark on this new chapter, dare to dream, strive for excellence, and always remember the lessons learned within these walls. May your future be filled with boundless opportunities and may you continue to make us proud.


Once again Congratulations to all of you. Good luck and good health to all of you.


Thank You! Jai Hind.


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