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‘India in midst of technological disruption and revolution’
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Sept 23 - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant took part in a virtual interactive session with students of the first batch of MS (Research) in E-Mobility programme of the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) recently, said a press statement issued here.

 The session was also attended by Mission Director of NITI Aayog Anil Srivastava and IIT-G Director Prof TG Sitharam.

In his address, the NITI Aayog CEO complimented IIT-G for starting the MS (Research) in E-Mobility programme.

“This is a path-breaking initiative because India is in the middle of technological disruption and revolution. This disruption will lead to a huge and massive shift from combustion vehicles to electric vehicles and we are heading towards a shared and connected zero-emission world,” Kant said.

He added that the Central government has taken several measures to push for electric mobility.

“It (the government) has introduced FAME and FAME 2 schemes. It has brought down the rate of taxes on electric vehicles to 5 per cent as compared to 28 per cent for other vehicles and 43 per cent for hybrid vehicles. We also give tax exemption of up to Rs 1 lakh to people who are buying electric vehicles. As a consequence of all this, the focus on electrification will be huge. If India has to emerge as a leader in clean, connected and shared mobility then there are two important things to keep in mind. One is that India is a major user of two and three-wheelers and 80 per cent of people travel in these vehicles, and secondly, battery will be an important component. Battery manufacturing and storage will be a key component and storage will have to be linked to renewable energy integration with the grid,” said Kant.

Srivastava further said, “We are looking forward to making more energy-efficient and less costing batteries. The e-vehicles are not required to give much tax. India is a great user of two and three-wheelers and e-vehicles have a great opportunity in the Indian market.”

Prof Praveen Kumar, Coordinator of the MS (Research) programme, said that emphasis has been put on project work for the newly launched course.

“And the projects will be executed in collaboration with industry partners. Moreover, lectures by industry experts from India, the European Union (EU) and Japan on topics related to e-mobility, such as vehicle design philosophy, light weighting and new battery chemistries are planned. Furthermore, professors of practice (PoPs) will deliver lectures on niche topics like AUTOSAR, advanced control techniques and vehicle design, and we will develop a centre of advanced research in e-mobility at the institute,” Kumar said.

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