SHILLONG, Oct 6: Meghalaya Education Minister, Lakmen Rymbui on Saturday urged the graduating students of National Institute of Technology (NIT) from the state to keep their hearts deep-rooted here irrespective of wherever they will be working.
Rymbui was addressing a gathering during the 5th Annual Convocation of NIT, Meghalaya held at its temporary campus in the Bijni Complex, Laitumkhrah.
Reminding the students of the state the challenges faced by Meghalaya, the Education Minister said, “This state faces the challenges of poverty alleviation, unemployment, indiscriminate use of natural resources.”
Rymbui also asked them to think of innovative solutions to minimize such problems and to work for the betterment of the state.
The Education Minister also lauded the performance of NIT Meghalaya as reflected in the NIRF Rankings of the past three years.
Professor Gautam Biswas, Director of IIT Guwahati, who also spoke on the occasion emphasized the role of NITs in the national context and also highlighted the importance of research.
He specifically discussed about the expectations that the policy planners have from the institutes of the north-eastern region, and the role the students can play to fulfill the objectives.
Meanwhile, Professor, Bibhuti Bhishan Biswal, Director of NIT Meghalaya informed that apart from class room activities, the institute has ventured into the online environment to deliver its academic programmes in the form of Massive Open Online Courses.
“The institute now houses a state of the art video recording studio, with facilities for both content creation and content distribution,” Prof Biswal said.
The NIT, Meghalaya, Director also stated that in the past year itself, the institute has 165 peer reviewed research publications and 52 papers were presented in international and national conferences.
Prof Biswal also stated that the institute has been providing consultancy services to some of the reputed organizations and industries such as IAF, AAI, PWD, CPWD, Assam Rifles, NEEPCO, Vedanta Resources, Jindal Stainless Pvt Ltd.
“The amount of consultancy work administered is around Rs two crore. There are few international collaborative works with countries like Korea, France and Austria. The total amount granted by the funding agencies to these projects stand at more than Rs 12 crore,” the NIT Director said.
Meanwhile, Prof Biswal also informed that the institute under, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan scheme, is currently carrying out various activities in five adopted villages near its permanent campus in Sohra.
He also said that among the graduating students 80 percent of the eligible students are placed in reputed companies like, Microsoft Corporation, Power Grid Corporation, Bharat Petroleum, Bharat Electronics, Capgemini, Cummins, L&T Constructions, L&T Engineering, POCOSO, Nissan, Samsung, Vedanta Resources, MathWorks and other IT Companies.
Moreover, during the fifth convocation of NIT Meghalaya, degrees were conferred to 129 B.Tech students, 57 M.Tech students, 30 M.Sc students and 5 PhD Scholars.
The prestigious President’s Gold Medal for the year 2018 was awarded to Ankita Nandi of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering.