Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal interacting with Prof. T G Sitharam, director IIT Guwahati.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited IIT Guwahati recently and had a meeting with Prof. T. G. Sitharam, director, IIT Guwahati.

On the sidelines of Self-Management of Excessive Tension (SMET) programme, organised by the institute for the first time for administrative officers and the deans, the chief minister gave a patient hearing to the submission made by Prof. Sitharam.

Prof. Sitharam made the submission on the ongoing socio-economic and technology transfer activities undertaken by IIT Guwahati for the uplift of livelihood of rural populace BPL.

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Prof. Sitharam also conveyed to the chief minister about his plans for bringing in large number of young scientists through an engineering/scientific talent hunt among Class 10-12 students from government schools of Assam and other northeastern states.

Prof. Sitharam also spoke about his plan to provide Class 10-12 students a real experience of scientific and technological environment at IIT Guwahati and imparting them 15 days in-house discourse for shaping as well as motivating these young talents.

During the discussions, the director placed a proposal seeking all-round cooperation of the state government for different activities under the UBA schemes as state government’s support for such activity is sine qua non.

The director also placed a request for allotment of an additional 100 acres land to meet the growing needs for additional campus, due to increased student strength and R&D activities, informed Labanu K. Konwar, assistant registrar and head of public relations, IIT Guwahati.

Dr. Hongasandra Ramarao Nagendra, Guruji, Chancellor of Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (VYASA) Bangalore, who was in the institute to give a lecture on the SMET Program, was also present during the meeting of the director with the chief minister.

The chief minister gave assurance to extend all possible assistance and support to the requests by IIT Guwahati.

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