The Weekend Leader – IIT to preserve yoga, classical music, Sanskrit, traditional medicine

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The Advanced Center for Nanotechnology (CNT) and the Indian Center for Knowledge Systems (CIKS) were inaugurated on Sunday at IIT, Guwahati.

At the nanotechnology center, research will be carried out in the fields of nano-bio-materials, micro-nano-electronics and energy.

The CNT aims to meet future challenges and increase academic partnerships with industry in nanotechnology.

Main funding for the center, which included 37 crore rupees for the building, in addition to equipment, was secured from the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) , Union government.

It will host 25 state-of-the-art laboratories that will focus on advancing multidisciplinary, scientific and translational research and is equipped with a class 100 clean room integrated with state-of-the-art manufacturing, characterization and testing laboratories.

The CNT currently hosts two Centers of Excellence sponsored by (MeitY) and the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) as well as a BioNEST incubator sponsored by the Biotechnology Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Department of Biotechnology , central government.

The CNT is thus a good example of synergy between the different ministries of the central government.

The main expected outcomes of the Center for Nanotechnology include nano healthcare, energy harvesting and LED prototypes, devices and technologies, start-ups / incubation ecosystem, high-end R&D results, strengthening of capabilities of a highly skilled workforce in the field of nanofabrication and nanoelectronics, among others.

CIKS will focus on preserving, documenting and maintaining knowledge unique to India. The main priorities include Indian classical music, yoga, Sanskrit, traditional medicines, temple architecture, ceramic tradition and special agricultural practices from northeast India, medicinal plants from northeast like dietary foods and metalworking from Assam.

Academics from diverse backgrounds will be encouraged to participate in CIKS ‘new interdisciplinary research and education programs, enabling them to advance practices and technologies in various fields for sustainable growth and development.

On Sunday, the Minister of Education, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan visited IIT Guwahati and inaugurated the ultramodern CNT and CIKS as well as two hostels of the Institute.

He has also published a book on the implementation of NEP 2020 at the institute.

Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan congratulated IIT Guwahati for achieving excellent rankings in various international and national ranking systems and appreciated IIT Guwahati’s efforts to create an ecosystem for research and education as well as for focus on the overall development of the northeast region.

He also said that IIT Guwahati must play an important role in areas such as disaster management, biodiversity-based research, green energy development, strengthening of knowledge-based economy and promoting entrepreneurship among students.

The minister also called on the students and professors associated with the institute to synergize technology and knowledge to create a dynamic ecosystem of innovation focused on solutions.

In this era of an interconnected world, IIT Guwahati Nanotechnology Center will host a number of cutting-edge centers of excellence, incubators and research laboratories to advance multidisciplinary research and education in the fields of health, nano-bio – materials, micro / nano electronics and energy, Pradhan said.

He further said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his convening speech in 2020, suggested to IIT Guwahati to establish a Center for Indian Knowledge System.

He expressed his happiness that the same was established in a short time to preserve, document and share ancient and traditional Indian knowledge.

Pradhan said that Srimant Sankardev was a great scholar who gave new thought and a new form to civilization and mankind.

The glorious Ahom culture, the mighty Brahmaputra, the blessed land of Ma Kamakhya and greats like Lachit Borphukan should serve as inspiration for IIT Guwahati students, he added.

“During COVID-19, innovation and technology helped us with PPT kits, aided us in vaccine development and production, and represented the resilience of this country. Institutes like IIT Guwahati must play an important role in harnessing innovation for the good of society, ”he noted.

Pradhan said that at COP26, Modi presented the “Panchamrit vision” to tackle climate change.

“Our northeastern states can become the hub of green energy development with IIT Guwahati playing an important role,” he added.

Congratulating IIT Guwahati, Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu said the Institute should focus on entrepreneurship and produce job creators and not just job seekers.

Institutes like IIT Guwahati should also focus on developing new agricultural technologies to help double farmers’ incomes, he suggested.

Pegu further asked IIT Guwahati to mentor other educational institutions in the region and also develop teacher training modules.

MP Queen Oja expressed her joy at having such advanced research facilities in the northeast and expected IIT Guwahati to contribute to the overall development of the region.

Built at a cost of Rs 132 crore, the new Disang hostel adds 1,000 additional rooms to the existing capacity of IIT Guwahati. Dikhow Hostel is the first hostel on campus specifically designed to accommodate project staff. – IANS


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