IIT Guwahati and Government of Assam collaborates to augment the development of the region

Guwahati : Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and officials from various departments of the Assam Government had an elaborate meeting today, to prepare the future course of action and collaborate in various fields related to the development of the region.

The government delegation comprising officials from various departments such as Mines and Minerals, Industry, Commerce, Public Enterprises, and Transport (includes inland waterways) was led by Dr. K. K. Dwivedi, IAS, Principal Secretary to the Government of Assam. The team from IIT Guwahati was led by Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director IIT Guwahati.

The focused discussion areas were:

Opening of a Mining Department at IIT Guwahati: This initiative is expected to help to train young students and involve seasoned professionals in developing ways and means in the form of research and technical guidance to harness the abundant natural resources spread across the state of Assam and the northeast.

IIT Guwahati’s involvement in organizing the international road safety conclave will be taken up immediately and efforts to enhance road safety across the region will be intensified along with the Ministry of Transport, Government of Assam.

Means and ways to advance tea technology: IIT Guwahati will give impetus to research on the use of tea compounds in various sectors such as medicine, health, and wellness sector. Efforts to highlight the importance of various types of tea and their rich ingredients will be carried out along with the state officials.

Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director IIT Guwahati has said, “As per the request of the state government, IIT Guwahati will be very glad to contribute mainly in the areas focusing in the exploration of mines & minerals, commerce & entrepreneurship development, involvement of drones in various sectors, transport sector – Inland water transport, water buses, road safety, aspects related to skill development in multiple upcoming sectors and establishing various centres of excellence & state of the art laboratories at the institute.”

Dr. K. K Dwivedi IAS, Principal Secretary to the Government of Assam, Industries Commerce & Public Enterprises Department highlighted the importance of setting up the school of mines at IIT Guwahati and centres of excellence in areas of inland waterways, promoting Assamese traditional jewelry making, innovation in the tea sector, skill training leading to startups and adopting newer technology for enhancing road safety.

The government of Assam has sought IIT Guwahati’s collaboration and support in the proposed plan to set up Assam Skill University. Under the purview of the engineering department, a research and development facility is proposed to be accommodated in multiple aspects to look after inland water transport (marine engine design, designing of vessels, and its repairing and servicing hub).

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