Work for development of adopted villages: Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal

Union Minister for Education Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' has advised the National Institute of Technology (NIT) here
Work for development of adopted villages: Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal



ITANAGAR: Union Minister for Education Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' has advised the National Institute of Technology (NIT) here to work for overall development of five villages adopted by the institute in the State under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) with assistance from the State government.

Virtually inaugurating the newly constructed Mechanical Engineering, Bio-Technology and Chemical Engineering blocks besides the Central Instrumentation facility and Reaction Engineering laboratory on Monday, the Minister expressed his happiness on the numbers of MoUs (Memorandums of Understanding) executed by the institute with several external organisations for collaboration in academics and research, students and faculty exchange, and internship of students among others.

He also praised the collaboration of the NIT with Gifu University of Japan.

Dr 'Nishank' said that the 'Start-Up cell and Innovation Centre of NIT Arunachal Pradesh is working to develop entrepreneurial skills among students through hands-on, do-it yourself activities and thereby motivating students to innovate and do things on their own and to move India forward.

He informed that a mega project on start-up for appropriate technology has been granted recently to the institute by NECTAR under the department of Science and Technology, for a period of five years at a total project cost of Rs 14 crore, which will work towards development of entrepreneurial skills of youths of the region in areas of toy-making, value added products from kiwi, ginger and cardamom, poultry rearing, pickle making, renewable energy etc. based on locally available resources.

"The measures taken by the NIT during pandemic such as online conduct of classes, examinations, development of hand sanitizer, low cost automatic hand sanitizer; online Yoga programme, FDP programme, are really appreciable," the minister said. He also praised the steps taken by the EBSB in developing multi-lingual dictionary in traditional dialect of Arunachal Pradesh.

Highlighting that the 'New Education Policy', Pokhriyal said that it would bring significant changes in the education system keeping in mind the rapidly changing world and future challenges and needs.

He hoped that implementation of the policy would strengthen the students and provide a path to make India a developed, digital and self-reliant country.

Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju speaking on the occasion congratulated the NIT fraternity and also thanked the centre for the revised package released to the institute, without which the shifting of the Institute to its permanent campus at Jote near here would not be possible.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu who was also present n the occasion, said that inauguration of academic blocks and laboratory facilities is a proud moment for the NIT and expressed his gratitude to the union minister for his constant support in developing of the institute.

Khandu also congratulated the Director of the institute, Prof P Mahanta, for the rankings and achievements earned recently by the institute along with the execution of MoUs with different national and international organization of repute for academic and research collaborations. He exuded confidence that the construction work of the institute in permanent campus at Jote would be completed within the time line set by the institute and his government would always support towards the development of the NIT. State Education Minister Taba Tedir, expressed his happiness over the speedy development made by the NIT Arunachal Pradesh during the last two years and hoped that the institute would always contribute towards the development of technical education in the State.

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