Indian Technologists to have huge role in Global Economy

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Indian Technologists to have huge role in Global Economy

The world’s premier body of technology professionals, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is looking to significantly increase Indian contribution to the development of global standards for various industries.

In a focussed East-looking initiative, a four-member delegation from IEEE was in key Indian cities, including Chennai, to stimulate Indian participation in its core mission of “fostering technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.”

“The idea is to raise IEEE’s impact in India as well as to scale up the networking of Indian technology professionals with various global initiatives such as the evolvement of global standards,” Matt Loeb, IEEE staff director, told The Hindu.

Scries of interactions

The visit, that followed IEEE president Lew Terman stating out a Focus on India initiative for 2008, featured a series of interactions with professionals at various cities.

Indian technologists are likely to play a huge role in the global economy of the future, Mr. Loeb said.

Significance of Indian input

He feels that the significance of the Indian input has to be assessed against a looming demographic scenario where it is estimated that by 2020, 50 per cent of the world’s population will be under 18 years of age and 20 per cent over 65 years.

That leaves about 30 per cent of the world’s population to take care of the majority, said Mr. Loeb.

IEEE has commissioned about 900 global standards for various sectors, ranging from lithium batteries to safety code for buildings.

Some of these standards, such as the newly developed 802.11 wireless standard, have gained widespread acceptance, said Rangachar Kasturi, global president of the IEEE Computer Society.

The IEEE delegation also comprising Providence More, IEEE manager for strategic planning and Angela Burgess, executive director, IEEE Computer Society – was in Chennai after a series of interactions with professional groups, especially from the IT sector, at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

The IEEE is also looking at continuing education initiatives in India that include credentialing and certification in software development, corporate partnerships and developing inputs for curriculum improvement and accreditation.

The IEEE has over 3.75 lakh members spread out in 150 countries while its membership in India is around 23,000 across ten branches.

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