IIT-Guwahati collaborates with AICTE to provide multiple solutions
IIT-G is partnering with the AICTE to develop solutions to problems of accessing water, electricity and Internet
GUWAHATI: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) is partnering with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to develop solutions to problems of accessing water, electricity and Internet for the AICTE-affiliated technical institutions in North-East India.
IIT Guwahati and AICTE will work towards capacity-building in these institutions to promote Research and Development and enhance the quality of education in remote regions of North-East India, stated a press release.
Due to hilly terrain, most institutions in the North-East region are located in remote places where the supply of adequate power and safe drinking water is a challenge.
This project is the first-of-its-kind in the North-East, in which AICTE and IIT Guwahati facilitates financial and technical expertise to the institutions to provide infrastructure. This includes solar energy installation depending upon the requirements of the institutes and installation or upgrading of facilities for safe drinking water with RO or iron remover.
The steering committee for this project consists of Prof Sharad B Gokhale, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Guwahati, Prof Gopal Das, Head of the Department of Chemistry, IIT Guwahati, Prof Santosh Kumar Dwivedy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Guwahati and Prof Chandan Mahanta, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Guwahati.
The project team led by Prof Sharad B Gokhale consists of Dr Dudul Das, Project Engineer, IIT Guwahati, Hrishikesh Bhattacharjya, Associate Project Engineer, IIT Guwahati, Dr Rajneesh Kumar, Associate Project Engineer, IIT Guwahati, Arindom Borah, Project Secretary, IIT Guwahati, Dr Neeraj Saxena, Advisor, Institutional Development Cell (IDC), AICTE and Amit K. Singh, Assistant Director, Institutional Development Cell (IDC), AICTE among others.
Through Phase-1 of the project, a total of 416 KW of power has been generated that would help laboratories, offices, and street lights to function uninterrupted. Further, at many institutions drinking water sources were either not adequate or untreated containing significant levels of iron and arsenic. Phase-1 project has facilitated these institutions to improve their water supply and treatment facilities.
The Phase-1 project is scheduled to be completed this month (August, 2022). Phase-2 of the project has just been initiated and will cover 33 new institutions where Internet connectivity would be provided in addition to solar and water facilities.
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