GUWAHATI: Virtually addressing the students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati during its 22nd convocation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Your dreams will shape the reality of India in the future. This is time for you to be Future-Fit and Future-Ready.”
“The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way convocation is conducted. But still, it is as special as it was before. I congratulate you all for your bright future. The future of the nation is in what youth think today,” Modi said.
The Prime minister also said, “The IIT Guwahati has developed several COVID-19 related kits as a first educational institute, which includes the Viral Transport Media (VTM), viral RNA extraction kit and RT-PCR kits to fight COVID-19 and has proved its mettle. Conducting the academic sessions, to continue your research work during the pandemic must have been a difficult task but you have succeeded and your efforts are steps in direction of making an Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
Modi also appreciated the IIT Guwahati for being the first IIT to have introduced a two-year research program on e-Mobility and for leading the integration of Science and Engineering in all B.Tech level courses.
He added, “I request IIT Guwahati to start a Centre for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction. The Centre should provide expertise to deal with disasters in the region.”
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said, “IIT Guwahati is one of the best institutes in different sectors like research, innovation and rankings. IIT Guwahati has also worked towards the idea of Atmanirbhar Bharat during COVID-19 pandemic.”
Attending the event as a special guest, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “IIT-Guwahati has played an important role in assisting the state government in fighting Covid-19. I acknowledge and thank IIT-Guwahati team for their contribution in developing the COVID-19 kits and other infrastructure help.”
Presenting the Director’s Report, IIT Guwahati Director Prof. T G Sitharam said, “The research dimension of IIT Guwahati is broadening significantly and the same is now reflected in terms of multiple industrially funded collaborative pieces of research with close cooperation with industry partners. There are 291 research projects in progress with a total sanctioned value of about Rs. 437.00 crore.”
Notably, 1,803 students have graduated during the 22nd convocation of the IIT Guwahati. Tushar Yadav received the Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma Gold Medal for the Academic year 2019-2020 in civil engineering while Shubham Goel received the Winner of the President of India Gold Medal in Computer Science and Engineering.