President Draupadi Murmu on Thursday stressed the need to promote the importance of a knowledge-based society and technology-based solutions to the country’s problems, while also underlining the role of higher educational institutions in this context.
Murmu was speaking from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati after digitally inaugurating and laying the foundation stone for various central and state projects.
These projects include the inauguration of the supercomputer ‘Param Kamrup’ under the National Supercomputing Mission and a laboratory for the design and development of high powered microwave components at IIT-Guwahati.
Murmu also digitally inaugurated Dhubri Medical College and Hospital and laid the foundation stone of regional institutes of National Institute of Virology (NIV) at Dibrugarh in Assam and Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh at the same event.
Appreciating the achievements of IIT-Guwahati, the President emphasized the role of the Institute in this field.
He said, “Being the only IIT in the Northeast, it should take up the responsibility of grooming other institutions in the region so that they can work closely with the state government and defense forces to strengthen our borders and create a natural environment in the region. Provide technical solutions to prevent recurrence of disasters.
Murmu also called upon the people of the North Eastern region to play a leading role in building a knowledge-based society.
The President also referred to the age-old tradition of research in India and stressed the need to carry it forward in the present times.
Murmu said that the benefits of technology should reach the far-flung corners of the society.
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister Himanta Vishwa Sarma, Union Minister Bharati Praveen Pawar and IIT-Guwahati Director TG Sitaram and other dignitaries were present at the event.
The President is on a two-day visit to Assam, which will conclude on Friday.