Vikasa Varadhi: A journey to bridge the gap between Academia & Industry

Every student charts out a certain career path to get where he/she wants to be. In reality, however, most of them lose out in the race as lack of access to the right resources and finances becomes a major challenge.

To facilitate this journey of rural students in Andhra Pradesh and inculcate skills, knowledge and mentor them in the right direction, the Government of Andhra Pradesh is taking up a first-of-its kind Bus Journey across the state, covering 2000 kilometres. 
This 2,000km-voyage of college students will take over over 10 days, beginning on February 9th at Tirupati with various pit-stops across the state where mentors and industry experts will journey with students and share their knowledge with them.

This college connect initiative called “Vikasa Varadhi - One Journey, Many Opportunities” has 8 major pit-stops at Tirupati, Kadapa, Anantapur, Chittoor, Nellore, Amaravati, Rajahmundry and Vizag. 
According to J.A. Chowdary, IT Advisor to the Government of AP, the objective of this collage connect initiative is to bridge the academia-industry gap, create awareness on career opportunities, industry expert connect and building a lifelong mentor-mentee relationship.

“We aim to also provide domain specific orientation to students with mentorship and guidance from new-age entrepreneurs and global CEOs. It could be their future CEO too,” he explains. 
Students will get a first-hand insight and industrial tour of Electronic Manufacturing Zone in Tirupati, IIDT, Sri City SEZ in Chittoor, Kia Motors in Anantapur, Cement-making industries in Kadapa, Krishnapatnam Port and Akshaya Patra in Nellore, RTGS, CRDA, e-Pragathi in Amaravati, Polavaram project in Rajahmundry, Med Tech Zone, Apparel-making factories, Fintech Valley, Innovation Valley and the working of GVMC in Vizag. 
Over 200 students from 18 colleges will take part in the journey for which 10 volvo buses have been arranged. The journey will culminate into an interactive session in Vizag on February 19th at GITAM University in Vizag where IT Minister Nara Lokesh will address the session. 
“In this disruptive era, we want to make the most of India’s demographic dividend and put it to best use by making them future global leaders, entrepreneurs and changemakers,” adds Chowdary who is at the forefront of this initiative. The team heading this initiative is also trying to finalise a “Meet with CM” initiative for the college students.

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