e-Learning Centre, University of Hyderabad (UoH) organised a workshop under the Erasmus+ INNOTAL Project to engage industry in the proposed Talent Co-creation Lab (TCCL) and Online Platform. TCCL will be the shared space where University faculty and students can work together with industry and civil society organizations to enhance student employability, their talents and innovations. The TCCL and the Student Community Service and Volunteering Center proposed under the project will maintain an Online Platform for cooperation between the University and industry and civil society organizations. This platform will provide information and give access to new proposals and initiatives for collaboration.

There were 20 representatives from different sectors of the industry and academic institutions have participated in the workshop. Prof. J. Prabhakar Rao, Manager, INNOTAL Project and Director e-Learning Centre welcomed the guests. Prof. Rajeev Wankar introduced the representatives of the industry to the workshop. Inaugurating the workshop Vice Chancellor, Prof. Appa Rao Podile, has welcomed the initiative. He also mentioned various steps taken by the University for promoting collaborations with the industry.

Dr. Muralidharan, Chairman, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Telangana, who specialises on talent development, stressed that innovation begins with believing that ‘I don’t know”.

Prof. Vasuki Belavadi, Researcher, has presented the overall objectives of the Project, including the Student Community Service and Volunteering Centre – a new University structure that will encourage and facilitate student volunteering and social engagement.

Prof. R. Siva Prasad has explained the idea of TCCL and Online Platform and the linkages with the above. The participants were enthusiastic about the initiatives and expressed their willingness to participate in the TCCL as well as Online Platform. The workshop ended with vote of thanks by Prof. Rajeev Wankar.