IIT-Guwahati and Assam government collaborates for exploring advanced tea technology – Times of India

GUWAHATI: From exploring advanced tea technology to offering technical support in harnessing natural resources, the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) and Assam government have collaborated on augmenting the development of the northeastern region.

An official release from IIT-G stated that the premier technology institute will give impetus to research on the use of tea compounds in various sectors such as medicine, health, and wellness sector. “Efforts to highlight the importance of various types of tea and their rich ingredients will be carried out along with the state officials,” said an IIT-G spokesperson.


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IIT-G authority and officials from various departments of the state government had an elaborate meeting on Tuesday, to prepare the future course of action and collaborate in various fields related to the development of the region. The government delegation, comprising officials from various departments – mines and minerals, industry, commerce, public enterprises, and transport (including inland waterways) was led by KK Dwivedi, principal secretary to the Assam government. The team from IIT Guwahati was led by institute director Prof. TG Sitharam.

The focused discussion areas also covered the proposal of opening a mining department at IIT Guwahati. This initiative is expected to help to train young students and involve seasoned professionals in developing ways and means in the form of research and technical guidance to harness the abundant natural resources spread across the state of Assam and the northeast.

IIT Guwahati’s involvement in organizing the international road safety conclave will also be taken up immediately and efforts to enhance road safety across the region will be intensified along with the transport department.

“As per the request of the state government, IIT Guwahati will be very glad to contribute mainly in the areas focusing in the exploration of mines & minerals, commerce & entrepreneurship development, involvement of drones in various sectors, transport sector – Inland water transport, water buses, road safety, aspects related to skill development in multiple upcoming sectors and establishing various centres of excellence & state of the art laboratories at the institute,” said Prof. Sitharam.

KK Dwivedi, principal secretary to the state industries, commerce and public enterprises department stressed on the importance of setting up the school of mines at IIT-G and centres of excellence in areas of inland waterways, promoting Assamese traditional jewelry making, innovation in the tea sector, skill training leading to startups and adopting new technology for enhancing road safety.

“Under the purview of the engineering department, a research and development facility is proposed to be accommodated in multiple aspects to look after inland water transport (marine engine design, designing of vessels, and its repairing and servicing hub),” read the IIT-G release. It added that the state government has also sought IIT-G’s collaboration and support in the proposed plan to set up Assam Skill University.

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