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ICT Academy’s Two-day International Conclave Begins

Thiruvananthapuram: Dr. Shashi Tharoor MP inaugurated the two-day international conclave of the Information and Communication Technology Academy of Kerala (ICT Academy) at the Travancore International Convention Centre, Greenfield International Stadium, Karyavattom, here on Friday. The third edition of the event was based on the theme ‘Rebuilding the New Kerala’, in the aftermath of the floods.

Thiruvananthapuram: Dr. Shashi Tharoor MP inaugurated the two-day international conclave of the Information and Communication Technology Academy of Kerala (ICT Academy) at the Travancore International Convention Centre, Greenfield International Stadium, Karyavattom, here on Friday. The third edition of the event was based on the theme ‘Rebuilding the New Kerala’, in the aftermath of the floods.

“Rebuilding of Kerala should be done in a sustainable way. What is rebuilt today should not be washed away tomorrow,” said Dr. Tharoor speaking on the occasion.

He also emphasised the need for developing tourism by highlighting   wellness package and knowledge economy that is present in the State. Citing the example of how Bhuj was rebuilt after the massive earthquake with the help of international aid, he pointed out how international conferences can be useful in getting international aid for the State.”Let us build Kerala with clarity of vision,” Tharoor added.

“More than 18,000 houses need to be rebuilt in Kerala. On a priority basis, these houses need to be rebuilt. Next is reconstructing roads and saving the coastline without constructing seawall,” said M Sivasankar IAS, Secretary, IT and Electronics, Govt. of Kerala. He said innovative and technical solutions are required for implementing this.

The conclave was also attended by Santhosh Kurup, CEO, ICT Academy; S D Shibulal, Chairman, ICT Academy of Kerala; Harish Krishnan, MD, Public Affairs and Strategic Engagements – India, CISCO; and Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, IT Parks.

The event will bring together the academia, which has displayed great potential in solving complex social issues during the rescue and relief operations carried out in the wake of the recent flood in Kerala. On the sidelines of the programme, 30 teams, from a list of 172 groups from south India, will compete for the Make-a-thon award through the Kerala Maker League, organised in partnership with Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM).

The registration fees collected for the conclave will be donated to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). ICT Academy is a not-for-profit social enterprise created in partnership with Government of India, Government of Kerala and established ICT companies of the country.

 

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