Srinagar, November 12: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said education institutions should encourage and nurture curiosity, motivate students for research and provide empowerment and space for experimentation.
Sinha interacting with the faculty members at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar. He also inaugurated the Guest House and Sports facilities during his visit.
“Education Campuses should encourage and nurture curiosity, motivate students for research and provide empowerment and space for experimentation,”
Sinha highlighted the impact of technology on society and the role of institutes like NIT in providing valuable human resources to the industry.
“Technological advancement and innovation is an essential driver of economic growth and social welfare. Technology-enabled innovation and consistent adoption of new technologies are needed to meet the future challenges of Industrial Growth, Energy Security & Urbanization,” said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor appreciated the NIT Srinagar for doing a commendable job in exploring new ideas to improve the lives of people. The first Technological Innovation Center in the area of innovation & incubation, Greenovator, and MSME Start Up Center has also been established in NIT, he added.
“It is the collective responsibility of mentors & students to harness the power of ideas, enable a culture that supports innovation, and bridge the gap between Industry & Academia,” he said
Observing that the power of innovation can help society to flourish, the Lt Governor entrusted the technical institutes to strive to re-invent the incubation and innovation centers to better meet the expectations of society.
He said In-house innovative solutions play an important role in critical areas like security, technical & healthcare for ease of living.
Citing the multifold increase registered in acquiring patents by the IITs of the country, the Lt Governor called for setting a target of patent registration every year to promote innovation. We must build the institutional infrastructure to scale-up research, ideas for new services, and invest in human capacity, he added.
The Lt Governor asked the faculty and the administration of NIT Srinagar to make every effort to include NIT in the top 20 institutions of the country and develop this prestigious institute as one of the best institutes in the country keeping in mind the civilizational values.
The Lt Governor also congratulated the concerned faculties and Director NIT Srinagar for the ongoing cotton industry and space application projects with Russia and Uzbekistan.
Director Dr. Rakesh Sehgal, Director NIT, in his address said that improvement in rankings over the last three years has been made possible due to support provided by the government.
With the kind of support we are getting, NIT will reach new levels and unlock many opportunities for the students while contributing to their all-around development, he added.
Later, the Lt Governor also released a brochure of the 8th Edition of the International Conference on ‘Nano Technology for Better Living’ which will be jointly organized by NIT Srinagar in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi and many other prestigious institutions from 25 to 29 May 2023.
Prof. Kaiser Bukhari, Registrar NIT Srinagar presented a vote of thanks on the occasion.
Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Vijay Kumar, ADGP Kashmir; Mohammad Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Rakesh Balwal, SSP Srinagar, HoDs of various departments and other faculty members were present on the occasion.