Union Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan has recently inaugurated the state-of-the-art Centre for Nanotechnology (CNT) and Centre for Indian Knowledge System (CIKS) as well as two hostels at IIT Guwahati.
He also released a book on NEP 2020 implementation at the institute.
Ranoj Education Minister of Assam and Queen Oja, MP was also present.
Speaking on the occasion Pradhan congratulated IIT Guwahati for achieving excellent rankings in various international and national ranking systems and appreciated the efforts of IIT Guwahati for creating an ecosystem for research and education as well as focusing on the overall development of the northeastern region.
He also said that IIT Guwahati has to play an important role in areas like, disaster management, biodiversity-based research, green energy development, strengthening knowledge-based economy and driving entrepreneurship among the students.
He said that, in this era of an interconnected world, the center for nanotechnology at IIT Guwahati will host many CoEs, incubators and state-of-the-art research laboratories for advancements in multi-disciplinary research and education in the areas of healthcare, nano-bio-materials, micro/nanoelectronics, and energy.
He further said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his convocation speech in 2020 had suggested IIT Guwahati set up a Centre for Indian Knowledge System. He expressed his happiness that the same has been established in quick time for preserving, documenting and sharing ancient & traditional Indian knowledge.
Pradhan said that Srimant Sankardev was a great scholar who gave new thought and shape to civilization and humanity. The glorious Ahom culture, the mighty Brahmaputra, the blessed land of Ma Kamakhya and greats like Lachit Borphukan should serve as an inspiration for students at IIT Guwahati, he added.
Ranoj Pegu, Education Minister of Assam congratulated IIT Guwahati and said that the Institute should focus on entrepreneurship and produce job creators and not only job seekers. Institutes like IIT Guwahati should also focus on developing new agricultural technologies to help double farmers’ income. He further requested IIT Guwahati to mentor other educational institutions in the region and also develop modules for the training of teachers.
Queen Oja, Hon’ble MP expressed her happiness in getting such advanced research facilities in the northeast and expected IIT Guwahati to contribute to the overall development of the northeast.
Centre for Nanotechnology (CNT) aims at meeting future challenges and augmenting academic partnerships with industry in Nanotechnology. The major funding for the Centre, which included Rs. 37 cr for the building, apart from equipment, was obtained from the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India.