RANGIA: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati is going to collaborate with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in implementation of the AICTE-GAINER (Grant for Augmenting Infrastructure in North East Region) Scheme. Under this scheme, financial support is provided to North-Eastern technical institutions to help solve the water and energy problems.
AICTE and IIT Guwahati had signed an MoU to implement this scheme, which has now been extended for another two years with the addition of digital connectivity infrastructure along with solar power and water supply with wider coverage of needy institutions and mentoring for MODROBS and RPS schemes.
Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati and Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE signed the MoU recently in the presence of Prof. A. S. Achalkumar, Dean Outreach Education Programme, Prof. Sharad Gokhale, Head of Civil Engineering Department and Prof. Gopal Das, Head of Chemistry Department of IIT Guwahati.
Highlighting the unique points of this collaboration, Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, said, "Both AICTE and IIT Guwahati have an interest in promoting research, development and quality improvement in the North-East region of the country. IIT Guwahati holds a large reservoir of expertise and technologies in multiple domains that can benefit the society immensely."
Further, Prof. Sitharam, said, "A coordinated effort between IIT Guwahati and AICTE will enhance the functional efficiency of the technical institutes located in the far-flung areas of North-East region, which will improve the quality of education and capacity building at grass-root level and change the lives of common people of North-East region."
The new MoU also includes IIT Guwahati extending support for facilitating necessary training on technical proposal writing under MODROBS, RPS, and internet schemes of AICTE for North-Eastern technical institutions.
Elaborating on the objectives of this partnership, Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe said, "The objectives of this MoU is also to mentor AICTE approved technical institutions under the mentorship of IIT Guwahati to develop projects for funding in critical areas like solar energy, water problem and internet connectivity.
This MoU will enable a sustained institutional framework for collaboration between AICTE and IIT Guwahati."