Imphal: “The world is changing rapidly, and the series of inventions and the industrial revolution have changed working styles and ways of living,” said Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Saturday.
Attending the 54th Mid Term Symposium on ‘Industry 5.0: The New Revolution’ held at the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Imphal’s Chief Minister said the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (IETE) is India’s premier professional society, set up in 1953.
He said Industry 5.0, also known as the Fifth Industrial Revolution, is a new and emerging phase of industrialization that sees humans working alongside advanced technology and A.I.-powered robots to enhance work processes. It also refers to robots and smart machines working alongside people with added resilience and sustainability goals, he added.
The Chief Minister further stated that Industry 5.0 is human-centric as it increases resilience and provides an improved focus on sustainability. This allows humans to intervene where required and moves away from excessive automation to incorporate critical thinking and adaptability, while still taking advantage of the precision and repeatability of machines.
Appreciating the IETE for organising the symposium, he stated that the institute is devoted to the advancement of science and technology in electronics, telecommunication, information technology, and related areas, serving over 1.25 Lac members. He added that upgrading the skills of students via ISF chapters in various colleges is a laudable initiative of IETE. Under the initiative, it imparts crucial training, giving confidence to youngsters so they can not only apply for jobs but also set up start-ups that offer job opportunities to others.
The Chief Minister lauded the Institute, knowing that researchers working in universities and colleges not only in India but also in R&D labs in countries like the Middle East, Europe, the UK, the USA, and China consider IETE journals as the preferred medium to record their academic contributions among a community of global professionals.
He expressed that he felt overwhelmed to observe the unbounded enthusiasm shown by IETE and eminent persons participating in the symposium, to advance the aims and objectives of the country’s leading professional body with a mission to develop and improve technical and professional competencies to keep up with mind-boggling advances.