These sons of soil can speak Japanese

Last Updated 30 July 2010, 18:49 IST

However, today the only son of a farmer in Mandya knows Japanese and is planning to pursue his higher studies from a good technical institute. Jayanth is one of the students of Toyota Technical Training Institute (TTTI), a training school for poor and talented students.
On Friday, nearly 63 students  like Jayanth from various parts of Karnataka were conferred academic degrees on successful completion of their three-year training course at the TTTI.
The academic course consists of a comprehensive fulltime training in trades like automobile assembly, painting, welding and mechatronics (a combination of mechanical and industrial electronics).

The course also includes training at Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) plant, where students are exposed to the practical experience of applying the production system to various manufacturing processes.

The students were chosen among many applicants from across the State and were provided free accommodation and stipends.
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam presided over the first convocation on Friday.
Impressed with the job-oriented training at the institute, Kalam suggested to the management to run similar courses across the country to help talented youngsters in rural areas.

Sharing his definition of creativity with them, Kalam said: “Innovations come through creativity and creativity comes from beautiful minds. It can be in any part of the world - a fisherman’s hamlet, farmer’s household,  dairy farm, cattle breeding centre or it could emanate from classrooms, labs, industries or R&D centres.”
DH News Service

‘Sanctions cannot stop India’s growth’
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam on Friday said no country can stop the technological growth of India by imposing sanctions.
Delivering a talk on ‘Creative Leadership’ at SAP Labs in Whitefield, he said during the post Pokhran test in 1998, India demonstrated to the world that it is capable of coming out with indigenous technological innovations.
Despite the US withdrawing all technical assistance to India in developing an Integrated Flight Control System in 1998, the country went ahead with the project and successfully developed it much ahead of the deadline. It was possible because of creative and innovative minds, he added.

(Published 30 July 2010, 18:49 IST)

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