Union Education Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates the North East Research Conclave 2022 at IIT Guwahati

Union Education and Skill Development Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the North East Research Conclave(NERC) 2022 at IIT, Guwahati today. Shri Pradhan, in his address, said that this conclave would strengthen the linkages between industry, academia & policymakers and further invigorate the research, start-up and entrepreneurship ecosystems in the resource-rich Northeastern Region states and the country.

Talking about the importance of research, the Education Minister said that the study’s objective should be to find solutions to chronic problems in the country and encourage all people to come together, work together, and produce together for the welfare of the most vulnerable. NERC 2022 will be a global benchmark for fulfilling India’s research & development priorities and the world, he added. Shri Pradhan appealed to the youngsters and students to ”walk on the path of duties and responsibilities to take the country to new heights.”

The Union Minister further informed that to strengthen the research ecosystem, encourage innovation at the grassroots and lead India to self-reliance, the Government is setting up National Research Foundation with a proposed outlay of Rs 50,000 crore in line with the recommendations of NEP 2020. He also said that the North-Eastern region has immense potential to promote Research and Innovation.

In his deliberation, Chief Minister of Assam, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, said that Research and Development are crucial for a fast-developing nation like India. In a progressive society, research and development have always been considered the fundamental building block as it plays a critical role in innovation and expanding our knowledge and understanding, he added.

In his address, Minister of State for Education Shri Rajkumar Ranjan Singh said that North-East Research Conclave is the platform for entrepreneurs and research institutions to showcase their innovations. He said that this is an excellent initiative for North East which brings policymakers, industrialists and researchers to the same platform. This mega event will have a significant impact on the educational sector of this region, he added.

Addressing the NERC Conclave, Minister of State for Education Dr Subhas Sarkar said that the Government is working to advance the education sector in every part of the country.

In his address, Union Shipping Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said that North East Research Conclave would help the young generation fulfil their dreams shortly.

On this occasion, an MoU’ Assam Advanced Health Innovation Institute(AAHI)” was also signed between the Government of Assam and IIT, Guwahati.

In today’s event, Shri Rameswar Teli, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Manoj Pegu, Minister of Education, Government of Assam, Shri Keshab Mahanta, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Assam, Smt Queen Ojha, MP, Lok Sabha and Prof. T.G Sitharam, Director, IIT, Guwahati were also present along with other dignitaries.

The North East Research Conclave 2022 is being organized to showcase the best Research & Developmental activities from all the educational and research institutions across North East India. It will also seek to create a standard interface for interaction of academia and industry in North East India. The conclave will also work towards creating an environment conducive to the development of local indigenous technologies and innovations, making the scope and laying the foundation for entrepreneurship and agglomerating a vast talent pool for the promotion of Translational Research.