‘Guwahati Declaration’ to promote innovation-led ecosystem and entrepreneurship in North East
Guwahati, May 26 (KNN) The aim of the recently unveiled ‘Guwahati Declaration’ is to develop a robust ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship across the northeast region and beyond.
It was unveiled by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati as a part of the North East Research Conclave (NERC) 2022.
Encouraging synergies and collaborations among various stakeholders in science and technology, indigenous knowledge and translational research, utilising sustainable routes and abundant natural resources, the guidelines in the declaration are set to support ecosystem led by innovations and ideas.
Highlighting the features of the declaration, T.G. Sitharam, Director, IIT-Guwahati, said “A better coordination among institutions will be facilitated through the declaration by promoting collaborations in the field of science and technology, protecting indigenous know-how and sustainability in traditional knowledge and translational research areas.”
Development on ten broad thrust areas would be initiated under the declaration that would lead to sustainable socio-economic development, efficient bio-resources utilisation, automation of indigenous tools and technology, disaster management, and climate change aspects, he added.
Some of these areas are biomedical and environmental devices development and testing, food processing technology, advanced functional materials and biomaterials, drug discovery from natural resources, drone technology development and application etc. (KNN Bureau)