[Assam] Call to excel in research activities (The Assam Tribune.26.05.2007)

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Fri May 25 22:39:03 PDT 2007


                Call to excel in research activities
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, May 25 – At a time when the needs of Indian science and industry are growing manifold, institutions like the IIT Guwahati have to encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to science and technology. That could help identify and implement solutions of long-term development in the country’s interest.

Stating this at the 9th convocation of IIT Guwahati, the new Chairman of the Board of Governor MK Bhan, further revealed that the institution in Guwahati along with other IITs “need to excel not just in education, but in research activities.” 

The purpose of research in the IITs should not only add to the GDP, but also fulfill the needs of the common people. Work carried out in IITs must act as an engine to solve problems related to agriculture and sustainable development.

Comparing the Indian technological scene to that in the West, the Board of Governor asserted that Indian institutions must create more intellectual property instead of imitating Western models. Interdisciplinary approach in the pursuit of technological developments and innovations could make that a reality. 

Admiring the IIT Guwahati’s pool of faculty and its alumni, 

and describing it as a young institution that needed to have its own vision, Bhan stressed that it must grow in human resource and infrastructure to attain much-needed “critical mass” in the times ahead. 

Speaking as the chief guest of the function today, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said Assam had much expectation from IIT Guwahati because of its role as the leading technical institute of the region. 

Expressing his Government’s commitment to the cause of higher education he mentioned a few steps taken in this regard like setting up of new institutions, and cabinet approval to a Private University Bill.

Significantly, he aired concerns over the meagre number of students from the North East being able to enter the IITs. He believed in the need for greater awareness of the “value of IIT education.” In this regard he wanted IIT Guwahati to play the part of spreading information about the IITs in the schools of the region.

The Director of IIT Guwahati, Gautam Barua, who is also the chairman of the senate, gave an overview of the institution’s present status and its future plans. 

“IIT Guwahati has completed twelve years. The campus of 700 acres which has about 2,500 students is growing, and it is expected that in five years time, there will be 5,000 residents,” he stated. 

Referring to the achievement of IIT Guwahati students, he mentioned names of Dipto Dey, Shiva Rama Krishna Jaini, Abhishek Rawat, Ankur Pariyani, Abhigyan Gupta, Pallab Ghosh, Shamit Shrivastava, who received various awards and recognitions and brought laurels to their institution.
            
























        
























  
   
  (The Assam Tribune.26.05.2007)

       
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