It was a historic moment for VIPS as Prof. S. Sadagopan, Director of IIIT Bangalore and one of the most prominent thought leaders in the Indian IT revolution, paid a visit to the campus and interacted with the students. He is a Fulbright Fellow, Member of the ACM, IEEE – Computer Society and AIS, and has played a key role in policy making, education, and research in Information Technology. Prof. Sadagpoan talked about India and Information Technology, the scope and employability.
Dr. Sadagopan said that over time, Information Technology has come to dominate all aspects of human life. This has been enabled because of gradual unification of diverse technologies, for example imaging and printing, which led to the modern multi-functional printing replacing the fax machines. He pointed towards areas such as bio-informatics, banking, etc., which could not have been possible without Information Technology. The new wave of change is already here, he said, with computing merging with communication.
Dr. Sadagopan said that today the IT sector contributes to 7% of the GDP, and has generated about 3.5 million jobs, more than any other sector and he expects this to continue, as the IT industry is still not mature and should stabilize around 10 million jobs. However, he cautioned that the pace of hiring will not be as fast as in the early days. Barring that, he said he sees Information Technology uniquely positioned to create new jobs and wealth for the country.
After this, Dr. Sadagopan interacted with the students, sharing his experience and insight about the larger issues related to Information Technology.