On Thursday, May 29, 2014, Dean of Faculty of Computer Studies- Symbiosis International University (SIU) and Director of Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT), Dr. Ramakrishnan Raman, visited Chuo University Tama Campus and gave a special lecture on the “Success Story of Indian IT Industry.”
Dr. Raman’s lecture covered the history of the IT industry, its success factor and issues, and its future development. Professor Kensuke Yoshimura of the Faculty of Commerce provided consecutive interpretation on the spot. Dr. Raman’s lecture was very interactive, throwing out questions to the students here and there, and distributing a small token to those who gave the correct answers.
Students actively raised their hands to ask questions during the Q&A session. When the first student asked where he can go to see the Indian IT industry, Dr. Raman recommended visiting Pune, where the Symbiosis International University is , as well as New Delhi, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, where many of the IT companies are located. Upon studying about these places, Dr. Raman stressed the importance of physically being there and actually seeing the cities with our own eyes, rather than just studying about them in Japan. The next question asked why there are relatively few IT products designed in India to meet the domestic demands despite its massive population. To this question Dr. Raman replied that it is far more profitable to produce products for America. “However,” Dr. Raman added, “there has been growing attention to domestic demands ever since the American markets plummeted after the Lehman crisis a few years ago.” To the student who raised the question about working women in India, Dr. Raman explained how the Indian government has been taking measures to aggressively hire women by lowering their income tax. “On the other hand,” Dr. Raman added, “there are many unsolved issues regarding the safety and structure of working conditions for women, compared to Japan.”
Dr. Raman said that one of the advantages of India is its good English language training. He also said that India is still weak in education in other languages. And this must be changed in order to do business successfully with, for example,
Europe and Japan. He also commended the Japanese society as a whole for its honesty and low level of corruption.
Many students actively participated throughout the inspiring session, including some who gratefully took the opportunity and asked questions in English.