A multidisciplinary approach would be adopted to study disasters as northeast India is prone to floods, earthquakes, landslides, riverbank erosions
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati is going to collaborate with North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC) to carry out several joint initiatives for the development of the northeast region and create a mass of skilled professionals in the field.
A MoU was signed between the two institutions on June 28. Some of the initiatives that would be taken up under this partnership include internship programs, joint degree programs, short-term training programs, student exchange programs and joint projects, among others. A multidisciplinary approach would be adopted to study ways to tackle disasters.
Highlighting the unique aspects of this collaboration, Prof. T.G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, said, “This is a historic day for both IITG and NESAC as on this day we make our long-standing intellectual relationship also into a formal one. The opportunity is limitless for these two institutes to work together and achieve new heights in research, innovation and capacity development for the northeast region. Joint certificate programs, visiting professorship for teaching a few suitable courses along with IITG faculty are few of the initiatives that both institutes could take forward.”
Northeast India is prone to various disasters - from floods and earthquakes to landslides and riverbank erosion, among others. These disasters sometimes can become a roadblock to the growth of the region and to address these challenges in a more meaningful premier institutes of this region need to work together and collaboration is the key to success.
Elaborating on this partnership between the two institutions, PLN Raju, director, North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC), said, “The signing of MoU with IIT Guwahati and specifically with CDMR (Centre for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction) at IIT-G focusing on training education and Research will further enhance NESAC in strengthening capacity building, training and research in this region. I am looking forward to a fruitful and highly successful MoU between IIT-G and NESAC benefiting the society as a whole.”
Recently, the pandemic has been a learning lesson, which showed that any form of disaster can affect a country’s growth. However, the nation can improve and be prepared for future uncertainty through proper strategy and skilled manpower development. To work in this direction, recently, IIT Guwahati has established a new Centre for Disaster Management and Research (CDMR) on the advice of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
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