Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of IIIT Guwahati

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on 2-day visit to Sikkim and Assam where he attended the State Agricultural Ministers Conference on sustainable development, organic farming and eco-tourism on first day. Prime Minister also visited an organic products exhibition in Gangtok and then addressed a tribal rally in Kokrajhar. As per today’s schedule, Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for a new building of IIIT Guwahati. Shri Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, Governor of Assam, Shri Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister of Assam and Smt. Smriti Irani, HRD Minister were also present.

prime minister lays foundation stone of IIIT Guwahati
Prime Minister unveiling the plaque for foundation stone of IIIT Guwahati campus

PM Modi also addressed the students of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G), Indian Institute of Information Technology Guwahati (IIIT-G) and all central universities of North-East region. He said, “21st century is the century of knowledge. In history, whenever knowledge has been the driving force of the world, India has provided leadership.”

Prime Minister launched the action plan of Start-up India, Stand-up India mission on 16 January where he laid emphasis on the youth power. Today, in Assam, PM said, “Today India is demographically the youngest country in the world, with young dreams full of energy.”

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PM Modi also said that the development of the country should be all-round and no part of the country should remain neglected. He further remarked that the global agencies say India is the fastest growing economy in the world. He said, “Our FDI is increasing and this would create jobs for youth.” Along with his plans for the development of North-East states, he highlighted the central government’s efforts towards skill development.

Indian Institute of Information Technology, Guwahati is among the 20 IIITs set up by the central government in not-for-profit public private partnership (NPPP) mode. Currently, the institute has been running from its temporary premises in Assam Textile Institute campus, Ambari, Guwahati. The permanent campus of IIIT-G is to come up at Sontola Gaon, 4 kilometers away from the airport towards Goalpara. As per the sources, construction work of permanent campus would be completed by the end of 2017. The institute had started functioning from August, 2013 and currently has 3 undergraduate batches with total strength of 179 students.

Earlier today, PM Modi mentioned in the youth rally that people wanted the state to move ahead faster. He said that the government at Centre is aiming for an Assam moving at fast pace where its youth was employed and the farmers had a bright future. Prime Minister Modi also assured that his government would leave no stone unturned for the development of Assam.

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