GUWAHATI, July 11 - Union Minister of Human Resource Development Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ visited Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati recently, said a press release issued here today.
During his visit, the minister interacted with the Director, the Deputy Director, deans, associate deans and other officials of the institute.
Dr Pokhriyal expressed his satisfaction over the rapid growth that IIT Guwahati has achieved during the 25 years of its existence.
He congratulated the Director, the faculty members and the students for the academics and world class research work being carried out in the institute and for developing state-of-the-art infrastructure, including equipment and machinery, for carrying out research in advanced frontiers of science and technology.
Speaking about IIT Guwahati being ranked seventh in Engineering and ninth in overall category in National Institute Ranking Framework (2019), Dr Pokhriyal said that the ranking proves that the institute is moving in the right direction towards achieving excellence.
He said the efforts of the institute have also ensured international rankings where IIT Guwahati is placed at 491 (QS World Rankings 2019) overall and 79 among the Young Universities (under 50 years of age) categories, respectively, in the world.
The minister assured the institute of all possible support in terms of further strengthening of infrastructure and providing other necessary resources.
Dr Pokhriyal urged the faculty members to work on the strengths of the institute and to be the best in those areas.
He assured that funds will never be a constraint for those institutes who carry out research works in solving problems of the citizens of the country and ensure technology reaching the households of the common man. He put emphasis on collaborations with other top notch academic institutes of the country for solving myriad problems relating to basic amenities.
The minister also asked IIT Guwahati to work closely with other institutions of the North East to guide the region to a new era of progress and development.
Prof TG Sitharam, Director of IITG, presented his detailed vision plan to the minister on the occasion.
During the visit, the minister also planted a sapling in the IITG campus.