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Plaksha Tech Leaders Fellowship Plans To Go Beyond Classroom Education To Develop Tomorrow’s Engineers

Plaksha’s fellowship will focus on real-world applications and entrepreneurial learning

The programme is in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley and Purdue

60 students will be selected for the first batch starting 2021

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates

India is ready to embrace revolution, these words from Bill Gates should resonate with those who are looking to make a difference through entrepreneurship. It’s the grand vision behind 45+ entrepreneurs, corporates and business leaders across five countries coming together to develop India’s tech future through education and training.

That’s the foundation of Plaksha University, a technology university with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.

According to cofounder and trustee, Vineet Gupta entrepreneurs who want to have an impact on the startup ecosystem in India not only need the right network and mentors but also need to develop an entrepreneurial mindset which comes from developing a risk-taking ability, leadership skills and an ability to connect the dots across disciplines.

“In recent years, the Indian startup and tech ecosystem has been in the growth phase, most of it attributable to new-age technology. The resources and skill sets required by the ecosystem have also grown proportionately. However, to fulfil this demand technology education needs to innovate and change rapidly. Organisations and businesses need employees with the right combination of technical depth and ability to solve real-world problems,” he added.

With names like Srikanth Velamakanni, Alok Mittal, Ambarish Raghuvanshi, Pallav Nadhani, Ritesh Malik, Neeraj Aggarwal, Sumita Ambasta, among others, added to the list of founding members, Plaksha University will be officially launched in 2021. The founders have so far raised INR 4 Bn and are in the process of raising INR 20 Bn.

One of its pillars is the Tech Leaders Fellowship, a one-year residential postgraduate programme in Gurugram.

“The Tech Leaders programme is different from other masters programs as it has a technology core – artificial intelligence and machine learning – filtered through larger context of human-centred design to ethics to systems thinking,” said Dr Arvind Raman, a faculty at Purdue University and a member of the Academic Advisory Board in Plaksha University. Raman added that it would be a combination of social science, technical content and learning by doing.

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