President of India Smt. Droupadi Murmu visited Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati campus on Thursday 13th October 2022 during her visit to Assam.
The Hon’ble President was accompanied by Prof. Jagadish Mukhi, Governor of Assam; Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister of Assam; Smt. Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Keshab Mahanta, Cabinet Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Information Technology, Govt. of Assam, and Dr. Rajiv Pal, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, and Secretary, Department of Health Research, Government of India, along with other dignitaries.
Speaking during the event, President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, said, “I am glad that IIT Guwahati has made the region and the nation proud as seen from its achievements in the national and international sphere, in a short duration of its existence. Since it is the only IIT in the region, it has the responsibility of nurturing other institutions in the region, work with state government and defence forces, provide technological solutions to the region to prevent natural calamities from recurring.”
During her visit to the campus, Smt. Droupadi Murmu inaugurated ‘PARAM KAMRUPA’ Supercomputer facility and a high power active and passive component laboratory of SAMEER at IIT Guwahati.
On the recently inaugurated facilities at IIT Guwahati, Hon’ble President, said, “I am confident that the Super Computer PARAM-KAMRUPA facility inaugurated at IIT Guwahati will be put to use in the best possible manner to broaden our understanding and knowledge on various technological topics. The SAMEER laboratory will enable R&D assisted critical applications in defence sector and other industries. The massive effort by the State government to establish multiple medical colleges across Assam will ensure that the gap in the doctor-population ratio will be bridged significantly and it will open doors for medical research, especially for the treatment of cancer as well as other non-destructive testing.”
“I truly believe all these efforts from the regional authorities and IIT Guwahati will strengthen the nation’s mission to build quality infrastructure for future generations”, added President while concluding her address.
Welcoming the President, Prof. T.G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, said, “With the inauguration of multiple research and medical facilities by Her Excellency President of India, Smti Droupadi Murmu, the state of Assam and IIT Guwahati has taken a great leap on healthcare and research fronts. IIT Guwahati is tirelessly working towards assisting the Government of Assam in Defence, Healthcare, Disaster Management, Skill Development, Promoting Women in R&D, and Entrepreneurship Sectors, among others.”
Highlighting IIT Guwahati’s ties with the regional authorities, Prof. T.G. Sitharam, said, “The Institute has undertaken multiple initiatives with the Assam Government for the benefit of citizens at large, Some of these projects include Water resource and Management, Disaster Management, Administrative college training, SITA – River Hydrology, Geology and socio-economic projects, and various other projects related to Oil and Natural gas and Wildlife sustainability.”
Governor of Assam, Prof. Jagadish Mukhi, congratulated the State of Assam for its proactive roles in improving the healthcare sector and guided the doctors from medical colleges of Assam and IIT Guwahati to play a leading role in resolving broad community healthcare problems.
On the newly inaugurated Supercomputing facility at IIT Guwahati, Governor of the state said, “The Supercomputing facility inaugurated at IIT Guwahati shall be utilized for large data analysis, solve complex calculations related to disease prediction and analysis, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, drug delivery studies, and contribute significantly in nation building.”
Highlighting Assam’s progress, Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, said, “Assam is at a threshold of growth and prosperity and multiple sectors that can influence the immediate socio-economic prospects of the state are being prioritized. I am very glad to share with you that as part of this grand vision of the Hon’ble PM of India Shri Narendra Modi ji we are implementing several major infrastructure, medical technical and educational projects. As a unique initiative the Government of Assam in collaboration with IIT Guwahati is setting up a multispecialty Hospital at IIT Guwahati campus, which will be a hub for advanced training and capacity building for human resource in health care.”
He further said, “We are thankful to C-DAC, MEITY, DST, NIV, SAMEER, ICMR for funding major projects in the state of Assam that will lead to strengthen S&T cooperation, IT infrastructure, combat cyber threats, identify new collaboration opportunities in advanced electronics manufacturing for the benefit of the region and the country. I am immensely thankful to the President for making his maiden visit to the state of Assam and I am sure this intellectual gathering at IIT Guwahati will remember this special day.”
About PARAM KAMRUPA Super Computer Facility of IIT Guwahati 838 Teraflops PARAM KAMRUPA is a state-of-the-art Supercomputer facility set up at IIT Guwahati under National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) – a joint initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST). With this facility, IIT Guwahati will be able to carry out research activities in various scientific domains such as Weather and Climate, Bioinformatics, Computational Chemistry, Molecular Dynamics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, Data Science etc. are to name a few. Overall, this newly set up Supercomputing facility promises provide a major boost to the research and development activities in the entire region.
About High power active and passive component laboratory of SAMEER
This newly launched SAMEER laboratory is dedicated for design and development of high-power microwave passive and active components and located within the campus of IIT Guwahati. This facility will provide a platform for scientists from SAMEER and researchers from IIT Guwahati to carry out research and development activities in different areas of high power microwave engineering. At present the emphasis is to indigenously develop active and passive components for Accelerators which are used in medical science for treatment of cancer and industry for non-destructive testing. Design of pulse and CW magnetrons is under process which are also used for development of high-quality diamond. This SAMEER laboratory will provide a major boost for carrying out R&D activities in cutting edge areas as only limited such facilities are available in the country.
The event at IIT Guwahati also included Virtual Inauguration of Medical College and Hospital in Dhubri, Assam, and a foundation stone laying ceremony for Zonal Institutes of National Institute of Virology at Dibrugarh, Assam and Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, by Smt. Droupadi Murmu.