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Hyderabad'Japan Day' at IIT Hyderabad on Sept 24, 25

‘Japan Day’ at IIT Hyderabad on Sept 24, 25

Published: 18th Sep 2021 7:11 pm

Sangardeddy: Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad will co-host the fourth edition of the job fair “Japan Day” on September 24 and 25. The event will be organised online this year too due to COVID-19, and 13 Japanese companies, comprising of startups, SMEs, and large corporates are participating to promote their businesses/cutting-edge technologies to attract students from IIT-H.

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This year, in response to last year event’s survey, which showed that more than half of the participating companies were interested in future collaborative research with IIT- H, an Industry-Academia-Government session is planned for Day 1. Although “Japan Day” has stayed as an interactive opportunity between IIT-H and Japanese companies, the Day 1 event is expected to establish a long-lasting relationship between IIT-H laboratories and Japanese companies which might enable the companies to acquire ideal talent based on research collaborative projects.

JETRO has been conducting “Japan Day” at IIT-H since 2018 based on a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on a Japan-India Digital Partnership, which was signed between the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India. So far, 10 Japanese companies, mostly large corporate companies joined the event in 2018, subsequently 5 Japanese companies mainly startups joined in 2019. Last year, the first online “Japan Day”, they got an overwhelming response and the number of companies increased to 20. More than half were startups aiming to recruit Indian top talents to develop their technologies and products to compete in the global market.

Worldwide the IT sector continues to expand and the competition for acquiring human talents is ever-crescent. Japan, in particular, faces a shrinking population problem that makes it difficult for employers to fill critical posts, giving place to foreigners to step up and thrive in new multi-cultural working environments in Japan.

Expressing his delight on the occasion, Takashi Suzuki, Director General of JETRO Bengaluru, said, “Japanese business interest in India is steadily increasing despite the COVID-19 situation. India has one of the youngest populations in the world who are gifted at mathematic and IT. Besides, they have effective communication skills and are open to cultural diversity. Japan should involve such minds so that we can succeed in global businesses.”

Extending his gratitude to all participating organizations, Prof BS Murty, Director of IIT-H said “The strong collaboration of IIT-H with Japan has made it one of the most preferred countries for our students to study or work abroad.”

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