Guwahati: Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati and officials from the Assam government had a 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 such as Mines and Minerals, Industry, Commerce, Public Enterprises, and Transport (includes inland waterways) was led by Dr. K. K. Dwivedi, IAS, Principal Secretary to the Government of Assam.
The team from IIT Guwahati was led by Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director IIT Guwahati. The focused discussion areas were opening of 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, a statement said.
IIT Guwahati 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.
The government of Assam has sought IIT Guwahati’s collaboration and support in the proposed plan to set up Assam Skill University. 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, the statement added.