Education Minister Inaugurates Centers for Nanotechnology and Indian Knowledge System at IIT Guwahati

Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today inaugurated the Center for Nanotechnology (CNT) and Center for Indian Knowledge System (CIKS) at IIT Guwahati. He also inaugurated two hostels at the institute and published a book on the implementation of NEP 2020 at the institute.

The CNT aims to meet future challenges and increase academic partnerships with the nanotechnology industry. The main funding for the center which included Rs 37 cr for the building excluding equipment was secured from the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

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The center will also house 25 state-of-the-art laboratories focused on advancing multidisciplinary, scientific and translational research. The main deliverables expected from CNT include nano-enabled healthcare, energy harvesting and LED prototypes, devices and technologies, start-ups/incubation ecosystem, high-end R&D outcomes, capacity building capabilities of a highly skilled workforce in the field of nanofabrication and nanoelectronics, etc.

During this time, CIKS will focus on the preservation, documentation and maintenance of Indian classical music, yoga, Sanskrit, traditional medicines, temple architecture, ceramic tradition and special agricultural practices of the north. -eastern India, medicinal plants from the northeast as health food, and ironwork from Assam.

Pradhan appreciated IIT Guwahati’s efforts to create an ecosystem for research and education as well as to focus on the overall development of the northeast region. He said that in this era of an interconnected world, IIT Guwahati Nanotechnology Center will host a number of centers of excellence, incubators and state-of-the-art research laboratories for research advancements and multidisciplinary education in the fields of health, nano-bio-materials, micro/nanoelectronics and energy.

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The Minister of Education further added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his convocation speech in 2020 suggested IIT Guwahati to establish a Center for Indian Knowledge System and commended IIT Guwahati for to have done it in such a period of time. The event was also graced by Dr. Ranoj Pegu, Minister of Education of Assam, and Queen Oja, MP.

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