GUWAHATI, June 20 – The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, in association with the TIFAC (Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council), an autonomous body under the Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India, organized a brainstorming meeting on ‘Technology Vision 2035’ to capture the aspiration and vision of the people of north-eastern States, stated a press release.
Over 40 invited experts, stakeholders, intellectuals and institution heads from all over the Northeast participated in the brainstorming session to generate the vision. Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chairman of TIFAC and former DAE-Homi Bhaba Chair Professor, BARC, Mumbai conducted the proceedings of the high powered event on June 19. The aim of the session was to gather comprehensive insights that will be included in the vision document.
Experts and intellectuals from the region came up with over a hundred innovative ideas after raising and discussing issues that will mould the future of NE region by 2035. The brainstorming exercise is one amongst others being conducted region wise all over the country by TIFAC.
The themes covered in this daylong session ranged from Information Communication Technology and its Use in Education, Health, Transportation and Environment to Indigenous Knowledge Protection, Energy, Food & Agriculture.
Experts, including Dr AK Goswami, former Director of ASTEC, Dr NC Bora, CMD, GNRC, Dr A Santa Singh, Director, NEIGRIHMS, Dr P Bharali, former Director, Exploration, OIL India Ltd., and many other eminent personalities actively participated in the thought provoking daylong exercise and stated their visions for 2035.
Chairing the session panels that included Prof Gautam Barua, Director IIT-G, Dr Gautam Goswami, Director TIFAC and Prof Pradeep Yammiyavar, Head CET-IITG, Dr Kakodkar expressed satisfaction on the deliberations and pointed out the importance of forethought for the future under each of the themes as expressed by the delegates.
During the proceedings, Prof Dulal Goswami, an eminent remote sensing expert from Gauhati University, drew the attention of the need to respect the Brahmaputra as an asset and plan forward for its full utilization by the year 2035. Dr NN Dutta put forth the need for expanding health care through ICT.
Dr G Barua of Civil Engineering Department of IIT-G emphasized the need for developing technology that understands the local peoples’ aspirations.
Prof Yammiyavar, Head of the Centre for Educational Technology at IITG said that the NE region is a blessed part of our country not only geographically but also environmentally and culturally. The outcome of session, he hoped, will make the region even more blessed, technologically, by the year 2035, the release concluded.