Dharmendra Pradhan opens two key infrastructure projects at IIT-G | India News

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GUWAHATI: Union minister for education, skill development and entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, on Sunday inaugurated the state-of-the-art Centre for Nanotechnology (CNT) and the Centre for Indian Knowledge System (CIKS), two major infrastructure projects in IIT Guwahati.
He also inaugurated two hostels at the institute in the presence of state education minister Ranoj Pegu and Guwahati MP Queen Oja.
The CNT aims at meeting future challenges and augment academic partnerships with industry in nanotechnology. The major funding for the centre, which included Rs 37 crore for the building, apart from equipment, was obtained from the ministry of education (MoE) and the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY). “It will host 25 advanced laboratories which will focus on advancements in multi-disciplinary, scientific and translational research,” said a spokesperson of IIT Guwahati.
The CIKS will focus on preserving, documenting and sustaining the knowledge that is unique to India. The top priorities include Indian classical music, yoga, Sanskrit, traditional medicines, temple architecture, ceramic tradition and special agricultural practices of northeast India, herbal plants of the northeast as health food and metal work of Assam. Scholars from diverse backgrounds will be encouraged to participate in the new CIKS’s interdisciplinary research and education programmes, enabling them to evolve practices and technologies in varied areas for sustainable growth and development.
Disang hostel was inaugurated by adding another 1,100 rooms to the existing facility at IIT Guwahati, while the Dikhow hostel is the first hostel on the campus specifically for the accommodation of project staff. Constructed at a total cost of Rs 132 cr, these hostels will further help in enhancing the capacity of IIT Guwahati.
Pradhan congratulated IIT Guwahati for achieving excellent rankings in various international and national ranking systems and appreciated the efforts of the institute in creating an ecosystem for research and education as well as focusing on the overall development of the northeastern region. He said the centre for nanotechnology will contribute not only to the knowledge and development of India but the whole world. “The rich biodiversity of the region provides a lot of scope for research which can benefit humanity. There are a number of policy directions in the national education policy which can modernize our education system. As provided in the NEP, we should create an education hub in Guwahati by creating a cluster of institutions in the region,” he added.
Ranoj Pegu said the institute should focus on entrepreneurship and produce job creators as well as job seekers. “Institutes like IIT Guwahati should also focus on developing new agricultural technologies to help double farmers’ income,” he said. He further requested the institute to mentor other educational institutions in the region and also develop modules for training of teachers.
Earlier, while welcoming the guests, IIT Guwahati director TG Sitharam said the institute has been proactively pursuing high-end research and working towards the vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ while fulfilling the aspirations of the region, aligning with national policies, especially implementing the NEP 2020, and competing globally in research and technology development.





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