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SAP woos students to promote entrepreneurship

Global enterprise software major SAP India hosted a hi-tech event here on Monday to promote entrepreneurship among 5,000 students from 200 universities across the country and bridge the industry-academic gap.

"The 'Techniversity 2012' is an ideal platform for varsity students to learn about key technologies and trends required to shift from academia to industry, as the event is based on education, inspiration, innovation, career and competition," SAP Labs India vice-president Sunder Madakshira told reporters on the occasion.

Among the technologies showcased at the event was a 'Design Challenge' where students were asked to come up with an innovative product or a solution that could help the world run better.

"The students were also exposed to latest technologies such as cloud computing, mobile computing, data, analytics, in-memory computing and first hand information in social media to give an insight into the requirements of the changing software market," Madakshira said.

Delivering the keynote address, chess grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand advised the wannabe techies to follow their dreams and challenge themselves to excel.

"You need to constantly practice to excel in any occupation or profession. It is important to cultivate interest and develop an eye for detail," Anand told the students.

Leading online bus tickets firm RedBus chief executive Phinandra Sama, ethical hacker and computer security expert Ankit Fadia and global search engine Google Indian country head Sunil Rao addressed the students during the day-long event.

"The platform also enabled some of the bright students to demonstrate their innovative skills in using technology for various applications," Madakshira added.

Majority of students were from cities like Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mysore and Pune and towns such as Hubli, Kolar, Mangalore, Sringeri and Tumkur across the state (Karnataka).

The Germany-based SAP empowers large, medium and small firms worldwide with business software solutions and consulting services to make enterprises operate profitably, adapt and sustain.

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