Knowledge Transfer as a term has entered into our daily usage as it helps in efforts that mutually support and are beneficial to both corporate and academics. It is important for all the stakeholders that are: knowledge providers, seekers and users to work in close tandem. Knowledge Transfer as it is understood today incorporates the multidisciplinary element. Knowledge Transfer has indeed become the leitmotif that addresses the gap between academia and industry and creates a student base that is relevant and ready for the industry. Hence it is imperative for a cross-disciplinary forum such as a conclave to bring ideas to the table.
Understanding the urgency of the situation, Garden City University has conducted an International Knowledge Transfer Conclave on June 18, 2018, in its GCU Campus. A plethora of 200 papers from various disciplines was presented as academic and industry brains enthusiastically discussed ideas to take this initiative forward. This industry-academia interaction helped to look at an employee and how students can be better prepared for it. This was indeed an eye-opener for students as there were industry and academic achievers visiting the campus from different walks of life. Among the distinguished guests were: Mr Sanjay Sahay, IPS, Additional Director General of Police in Bangalore, who in his interaction explained the need to ‘collaborate’ as a part of KT.
Mr. Amit Eshet, Senior Director at Hotwire Communications, Israel, talked about the need to bridge the knowledge gap by sorting out what seems to be ‘Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous’ (VUCA). Dr Byrappa of former Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University addressed the gathering stating anecdotes from world history and its linkage to KT. The Knowledge Transfer Conclave was indeed a success due to the confluence of industry and academia.