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Foundation Day Lecture 2015

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‘Mr. Vivek Kulkarni, IAS (Retd.) & Founder – Brickwork Group delivered the Foundation Lecture at the Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development (SDMIMD) Mysore on August 18, 2015. The lecture was full of personal experiences and anecdotes on his career in civil services, the entry of the Information Technology sector in India and particularly Karnataka, and what it takes to be successful.

In his talk, Mr. Kulkarni deliberated upon the various Government of India initiatives in which he played a pivotal role as Principle Secretary for IT & BT for Government of Karnataka. Some of the initiatives discussed were Mahiti, Joint venture between Government of Karnataka and Carnegie Global Tech, Bangalore IT.com, and Student Internet.com. The success stories of Student Internet.com and Yuva.com in which 50,000 students from various parts of Karnataka were trained under the tutelage of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam stood as a perfect example of the innovative practices initiated by Mr. Kulkarni.

Speaking on the entrepreneurship avenues in India, Mr. Kulkarni stated that the environment is ripe for initiating the startup culture in India. Taking the example of BigBasket.com, he said ample opportunities are available for the startups in E-Commerce with venture capitalists sitting with flush funds waiting to invest in promising opportunities so long as there is an evidence of a promising business acumen.

He called upon students to be a continuous learners and recollected the quote of Lawrence Summers, the former president of Harvard University - ‘I think, increasingly, anything you learn is going to become obsolete within a decade, and so the most important kind of learning is about how to learn.’