The Union minister of state for civil aviation, Gen (retd) VK Singh, inaugurated four centres of drone technology yesterday, set up jointly by the IIT Guwahati and FICCI. This would give a boost to the sector in the region.
The four centres of drone technology includes – A droneport, Centre for Excellence in Research on Drone/UAV Technology, A skill development centre for the northeast and a Nodal Center for administrative Drone Data Management for NE.
“Today at IIT Guwahati, I am delighted to be present at the Drone Festival being celebrated in India. There is no doubt that drones have the potential to change the national landscape.”
He adds, “What is needed is the interest of our students, producers and researchers in its future. I am looking forward to seeing the enthusiasm of the people today.”, reads a tweet by Singh yesterday.
He further adds, “The government is committed to building an ecosystem for drones in India. Only then will this aerial device be able to simplify those problems, provide solutions to people who really need them and that will lead to a comprehensive and positive change. Come on, let us make India a world leader in the field of drones.”
According to the official website of IIT-G; Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, the sixth member of the IIT fraternity, was established in 1994. The academic programme of IIT Guwahati commenced in 1995. At present the Institute has eleven departments and five inter-disciplinary academic centres covering all the major engineering, science and humanities disciplines, offering BTech, BDes, MA, MDes, MTech, MSc and PhD programmes.
The official website also mentions, Within a short period of time, IIT Guwahati has been able to build up world-class infrastructure for carrying out advanced research and has been equipped with state-of-the-art scientific and engineering instruments. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati’s campus is on a sprawling 285 hectares plot of land on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra around 20 kms. from the heart of the city. With the majestic Brahmaputra on one side, and with hills and vast open spaces on others, the campus provides an ideal setting for learning.