Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy pointed out that technology entrepreneurship would be the next thing that would be added to the engineering education in the state. He termed start-ups by the entrepreneurs a “high risk- high reward job”.
He further pointed out telling the benefits of this move, “For Kerala to become a developed state, the most important thing is to create a positive and entrepreneurial mindset among youth, especially students, and with this intention we are now going to make entrepreneurship a key part of B-tech Degree education.” He was addressing the second edition of Young Entrepreneurship Summit (YES), YES CAN 2015 while delivering the idea in front of the press. He said that Mark Zukerberg, founder of the famous social networking site Facebook, was a Major in Computer Science with a Minor in Psychology, which made him create Facebook. He further said, “You will have a minor degree in entrepreneurship preparing you for better job opportunities with the skills you have earner.” For students there would a provision to choose their major from subjects like Computer Science, Electronics, Mechanical etc. while they can choose minor in another subject which they can pursue from world class universities like Stanford, Harvard or MIT.
Pointing towards the state’s previous approach towards change in concepts in idea which resulted in failure of IT bloom in the state, Chandy said, “Now the situation has changed. The response to the Student Entrepreneurship Policy was beyond our expectations. 300 companies have started since then and many youngsters have come up with venture not just in IT and industry, but in fields such as agriculture, tourism, culture, education and many other fields.”