GUWAHATI: On Friday, the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) collaborated with the North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC) to carry out a joint initiative for the development of the North East Region and creating a mass of skilled professionals in the field of engineering and space research.
As per the sources, on June 28, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between IITG and NESAC. Enabling to bring various initiatives Some of the initiatives such as joint degree programs, short-term training programs, student exchange programs and joint projects, among others. Adittonally, a multi-disciplinary approach would be adopted to study ways to tackle disasters.
During the program, the Director of IIT Guwahati, Prof. T.G. Sitharam highlighted and said, “This is a historic day for both IITG and NESAC as on this day we make our long-standing intellectual relationship also into a formal one. The opportunity is limitless for these two institutes to work together and achieving new heights in research, innovation and capacity development for Northeast Region. Joint Certificate programs, visiting Professorship for teaching few suitable courses along with IITG faculty are few of the initiatives that both institutes could take forward.”
He added, “North East India is prone to various disasters namely flood, earthquake, landslide, and riverbank erosions, among others. These disasters sometimes can become a roadblock to the growth of the region and to address these challenges in a more meaningful premier institutes of this region need to work together and collaboration is the key to success.”
Meanwhile, the Director, North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC), Dr PLN Raju, said, “The signing of MoU with IIT Guwahati and specifically with CDMR (Centre for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction) at IIT-G focusing on training education and Research will further enhance NESAC in strengthening capacity building, training and research in this region. I am looking forward to a fruitful and highly successful MoU between IIT-G and NESAC benefiting the society as a whole.”
Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a learning lesson, which showed that any form of disaster can affect a country’s growth. However, the nation can improve and be prepared for the future to such uncertainty through proper strategy and skilled manpower development.
Additionally, IIT Guwahati has established a new Centre for Disaster Management and Research (CDMR) on the kind advice of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.