Developing a Competitive Workforce for Technology of the Future

Management Development Programme with

Faculty Member, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, USA

Friday, 12th August 2016 : Hotel President, Pune

The 6th edition of the Management Development Programme with Prof. Dr. Suresh Borkar, Faculty Member, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, USA was held on Friday, 12th August 2016 at Hotel President in Pune. Dr. Borkar was Former Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Tata Lucent Telecom Joint Venture and Lucent India Inc. The theme of this year’s MDP was “Developing a Competitive Workforce for Technology of the Future”.sbwks_2

The focus of the MDP was on need for developing comprehensive interdisciplinary thematic expertise in our engineers and managers for business success in the industry of the future. Looking at the current fast changing technological scenario, it was felt that the workforce needs to be imparted with multi-disciplinary and broad-based knowledge not only in the technology issues but also in societal and legal challenges associated with the business environment of the future. Moreover, in order for the Indian industry to compete successfully and excel in the competitive global environment, it is an imperative for managers and engineers to effectively initiate and manage the technology of the future.


The theme was relevant for across industry sectors like IT, Telecom, Manufacturing, Engineering, Services etc. as well as for academicians. Over 40 senior professionals from Industry representing organizations such as Infosys, Idea Cellular, Vodafone, Samsung India, Tech Mahindra, Sharp India, Persistent Systems, ThyssenKrupp Industries, Vishay Components India, Hyundai Construction Equipment, NCORD Healthcare, Greenlight Technologies, Market Intelligence & Consulting, JBM MA Automotive, Opine Group, Sigma OSS Systems, Synthesys Solutions etc. and from leading educational institutions like University of Pune, NBN Sinhagad School of Management Studies actively participated in the highly interactive programme. Lots of queries & questions were posed relating to Security & Privacy Issues, Data management, Smart Cities, Legal & Ethical Issues with respect to Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Managing Transformative & Disruptive Technologies etc.

During the interaction, Dr. Borkar touched upon on key areas such as Use of Innovative Technologies in the Smart Cities Concept, IOT, Requirements for Smart Solutions, Technology Enablers, Innovative Software Development, Open Hardware Development etc. He also discussed the changing relationship between University & Industry and how balance between Inter-disciplinary Breadth and Deep Technical Excellence in Selected Areas is the need of the hour. He also focused on the importance of Technology-mediated learning, leveraging Information and Communications Technologies, Computer and Internet-based instruction as well as access to instructional materials any time, any place.


The overall feedback at the end of the session was that it was a great learning for all those who were present & that these kind of sessions will certainly go a long way in enhancing the continuous engagement between institutions like MITSOT and the Industry.

Earlier, Dr. Milind Pande, Project Director, MITSOT felicitated Dr. Borkar and remarked on his long association with MITSOT over the past many years.