IIT Guwahati : With an aim at preserving, documenting and sustaining the knowledge that is unique to India, a Center for Knowledge Systems (CIKS) has been launched at IIT, Guwahati.
The Centre will give priority to preserving Indian classical music, Yoga, Sanskrit, traditional medicines, temple architecture, ceramic tradition and special agricultural practices of North-East India, herbal plants of north-east as health food and metal work of Assam.
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday inaugurated the state-of-the-art Centre at the institute.
Scholars from diverse backgrounds will be encouraged to participate in the new CIKS’s interdisciplinary research and education programs, enabling them to evolve practices and technologies in varied areas for sustainable growth and development.
Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan congratulated IIT Guwahati for achieving excellent rankings in various international and national ranking systems and appreciated the efforts of IIT Guwahati for creating an ecosystem for research and education as well as focusing on overall development of the northeastern region.
He also said that IIT Guwahati has to play an important role in areas like, disaster management, biodiversity-based research, green energy development, strengthening knowledge-based economy and driving entrepreneurship among the students.
The glorious Ahom culture, the mighty Brahmaputra, the blessed land of Ma Kamakhya and greats like Lachit Borphukan should serve as an inspiration for students at IIT Guwahati, he added.
A Centre for Nanotechnology (CNT) was also inaugurated at IIT, Guwahati.
At the Nanotechnology Centre, research will be carried out in the areas of nano-bio-materials, Micro-Nano Electronics and Energy.
The CNT aims at meeting future challenges and augmenting academic partnerships with industry in Nanotechnology.