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Journalists from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries visit Indian Institute of Technology, Numaligarh Refinery Limited

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GUWAHATI, July 17: A 20-member delegation comprising 13 women journalists from 10 ASEAN countries visited the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati on Tuesday and took part in a discussion with the authorities, besides enquired on possibility of the enrolment of ASEAN countries students in the premier institution.

The visiting team urged the IIT authority to extend fruitful help to the ASEAN countries for spread of technology and service-related knowledge and skill.

Professor Gautam Biswas, Director, IIT and the other professors urged the delegation to raise the issue in their respective countries and assured them that IIT Guwahati would be happy to accept any tie-up proposal from their technical institutions.

At present five countries – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Singapore and Dubai – have examination centres for India’s Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) – the screening test for enrolment to IIT and other technical institutions.

In the meantime, the team also attended a meeting with NRL corporate officials at NRL office, Guwahati. They had a discussion with the officials in regard to bamboo, which is one of the major non-food biomass resources available abundantly in North East India. At the same time the future expansion plans of NRL in other South East Asian countries were thoroughly discussed.

Rajender Kumar, publicity officer, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, delivered a short speech in which he thanked the NRL. He expected that the visiting journalists would take the information forward to their respective countries if there can be any viability of something where projects could shape up in tune with ‘Act East Policy’ of India.

AK Bhattacharya, NRL’s Senior Chief General Manager, addressing the meeting felt very happy on seeing the interest of the visiting journalists in regard to the expansion of NRL, opportunities which, he said, he is looking forward to. On behalf of the ASEAN journalists’ delegation, Sujadi Bin Siswo, Supervising Editor, International Desk Channel NewsAsia of Singapore, thanked the officials and the Government of Assam. He said that it was overwhelming to be able to see concrete example of linking of the South East Asian countries and citing the product of bamboo which he says, if goes online, will be the first of its kind in the region as well as in the world which we can be proud of.

The team members were from Malaysia, Cambodia, Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar and Philippines and are on a three-day visit to Assam.