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IIT-G to take the lead in implementing 'Guwahati Declaration'

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati will be playing a key role in the implementation of the 'Guwahati Declaration


Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 May 2022 6:00 AM GMT

GUWAHATI: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) will be playing a key role in the implementation of the 'Guwahati Declaration,' unveiled by Union Minister of Education, Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during the North East Research Conclave (NERC) 2022 held from May 20 to May 22 at IIT Guwahati.

The Guwahati Declaration was launched at the valedictory function of the conclave by Lok Ranjan, Secretary, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), in the presence of Kailash Karthik, Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup and it is intended to create a set of guidelines, through which individual as well as a collective responsibility to promote and encourage innovation at the grass-root level and strive to stimulate and execute indigenization and entrepreneurship, can be taken up. It also encourages advancement in discoveries through sustainable routes, stated a press release.

At least 100 start-ups are expected to be incubated with around 100 doctoral students to be added within the next three years. The ecosystem support necessary for these developments will be provided for achieving their success.

Speaking on the significance of the declaration, Prof TG Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, said that the Guwahati Declaration, prepared after extensive deliberation with Minister, Secretaries, and senior officials, will help to develop a robust ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship across the North-East region and beyond. It will also facilitate better coordination among institutions by promoting collaborations in the field of science & technology, protecting indigenous know-how and sustainability in traditional knowledge and translational research areas.

Prof Parameswar K Iyer, Dean (Public Relations, Branding and Ranking), IIT Guwahati mentioned that the Guwahati Declaration is a unique document, and its objectives will bring boundless synergy among stakeholders from Governments, funding agencies, industries, academia, research institutes, philanthropists and grass-root innovators and help promote local entrepreneurship, self-reliance and accomplish larger objectives of sustainable growth.

Prof Vimal Katiyar, Dean (Research and Development) and Convener of NERC 2022, IIT Guwahati said that the conclave has helped to shape the historic Guwahati Declaration which was developed on the suggestion of Dharmendra Pradhan and will lead to self-sustenance at every level across the region and contribute to the overall growth of R&D, entrepreneurship and sustainability and fulfill the objectives of this mega conclave.

Under this declaration, a framework to achieve holistic and converging objectives and build targeted mission-mode collaborative efforts will be initiated. Progress on ten broad thrust areas will be initiated that would lead to sustainable socio-economic development, efficient bio-resources utilization, automation of indigenous tools and technology, disaster management, and climate change aspects. These broad working areas include: Biomedical and Environmental devices development and testing; Food Processing Technology; Advanced Functional Materials and Biomaterials; Drug Discovery from Natural Resources; Drone Technology Development and Application; High Altitude Waste Management; Fossil fuel and Alternative Energy Utilization and Devices; Geo-Spatial Technology; Livelihood Projects; and Automation in Agriculture, Sericulture, Pisciculture.

The declaration requires individuals and institutions to build upon their strengths and expertise for promoting and nurturing innovation at the grass-root level, engaging individuals from an early level so as to inculcate the values of innovative thinking and collective growth. IIT Guwahati has already been working with self-help groups of women making Pitha (an Assamese delicacy) and helping them in increasing the shelf-life, packaging, and branding of Pitha.

Institutes and Universities across the North-East region and nation will have to be intertwined with various state and Central Government ministries, PSUs and industries and create a knowledge center, facilitating the declaration objectives. Feedback from participating institute heads was obtained after a brainstorming session, and broad working areas were identified and listed in the declaration document. This declaration that was released during the valedictory function of the NERC 2022 is expected to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship by combining synergies of all stakeholders.

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