Assam govt, IIT-G to partner in key sectors for NE growth

School of mines proposed; roadmap for tea research mulled   

Guwahati, Feb 22: Representatives from the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G) and officials from various departments of the Assam government had an elaborate meeting at the IIT-G campus on Tuesday to prepare the future course of action and collaborate in various fields related to the development of the region.

The focus areas of the meeting also included opening of a school of mines at IIT-G, which is expected to train young students and involve seasoned professionals in developing ways and means to harness the abundant natural resources spread across the Northeast.

The meeting decided to intensify efforts to enhance road safety across the region while and IIT-G’s involvement in organising an international road safety conclave would be taken up immediately.

The state government and IIT-G representatives also discussed 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. Efforts to highlight the importance of various types of tea and their rich ingredients will be carried out along with the state officials,” an official statement said.

The Assam government has also sought IIT-G’s collaboration and support in the proposed plan to set up a skill university in the state.

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).

  1. K Dwivedi, Assam principal secretary, industries, commerce and 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 jewellery making and innovation in the tea sector, skill training leading to startups and adopting new technology for enhancing road safety.

Acknowledging the proposed collaboration, IIT-G director T. G. Sitharam, said that the institute would be glad to contribute mainly in the areas focusing on the exploration of mines and minerals, commerce and entrepreneurship development, involvement of drones in various sectors, road safety, aspects related to skill development in multiple sectors, et al.


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