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Indian Institute of Technology Madras is planning to launch a one-year education program titled 'E-21' for the government and private school students in order to prepare them to take up the challenges that are in store for the 21st century.
IIT Madras' entrepreneurship cell (E-cell) has launched the campaign with an objective to focus on skills and qualities like innovation, creativity, leadership, entrepreneurship & risk-taking. The institute plans to shortlist or select a total of 150 students from different schools across Chennai.
The campaign will train students in such a way that they are able to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. The participating educators will share different examples and tips and illustrate how entrepreneurship empowers the students to gain the needed skills.
Educators will enable students to think out-of-the-box and creatively through a series of workshop cum lectures. Apart from the teachers, the students will also e mentored by the students of IIT Madras about the various aspects of life. This new campaign will help the different schools in improving their education quality and help students to obtain a competitive advantage.
Mr. Raghavendra Hunasgi, Global Shaper, World Economic Forum (WEF) & Founder and CEO, Thought Folks Digital, while launching the event said that it is a great platform and initiative hosted by the E-cell at IIT Madras. He added that it is about time that the education system considers courses that will create future entrepreneurs and innovators.
Further elaborating on the same, Harvard Business School Alumni, Mr. Raghavendra Hunasgi said that the education course which started a decade ago makes no sense until and unless the course is changed and updated according to the 21st century.
Mr. Rohan Nair, a 13-year-old boy, founder of a startup called “Sprinklebytes” was giving a pep talk and demonstration on the occasion.
Rohan, at a very young age, was mentored by the Indian National Tennis coach who taught him how to work in the real world which motivated him to help other students by connecting them to mentors of their field of interest.
Prof Ashwin Mahalingam, Faculty Advisor, E-Cell, IIT Madras, while talking about the initiative said that he is delighted by this initiative taken up by IIT Madras and he hopes that the students' entrepreneurial zeal and academic excellence can be passed to the schools across the country.