Chandigarh, July 21, 2020: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh oday paved the way for closer cooperation between his government and the state’s premier IIT Ropar and IIM Amritsar institutions, particularly in the area of Skill Development, among others.
The Chief Minister held two separate video confer-ences with the heads of the two institutions.
During the VC with IIT Ropar, the state govern-ment signed three MoUs with the institute in the areas of skill develop-ment.
The MoUs provide for IIT’s Technical Education Department to become Academic Mentor for the state’s Engineering Col-leges at Gurdaspur & Fer-ozepur, as well as for Sri Guru Gobind Singh Skill Institute at Shri Chamkaur Sahib, five Government Polytechnics and 10 Gov-ernment ITIs.
Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh
Channi said IIT will also help the state in develop-ing one model ITI and one model polytechnic and the others would be modelled on similar lines subse-quently.
IIT Director Prof SK Das suggested that the state should take the ini-tiative for setting up a Defence manufacturing corridor, with IIT’s sup-port in AI and strategic designing of defence equipment.
The Chief Minister said he will take up the issue with the Centre.
The Chief Minister urged IIT to help the state in the manufacture of small devices for control-ling water wastage in irri-
gation, in response to which Prof Das extended the institution’s full sup-port.
Captain Amarinder directed Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan to resolve the IIT’s land acquisition related issues, while urg-ing the IIT to develop its campus as a green cam-pus, with extensive land-scaping and afforestation. He also directed the Chief Secretary to consti-tute a committee to look
into the IIT Director’s submission that Private Universities/ Colleges in the state are increasing the seats for their Engi-neering courses without any checks and bal-ances.
In a brief presentation earlier, Prof Das pointed out that in a span of 12 years, IIT, at 47, has come almost at par with IIS Bangalore in rankings (36, as per Times Higher Edu-cation ranking of Asian universities).
IIM Amritsar also extended support to the state government in pro-moting skill development and its director, Prof. Ramamoorthy Nagarajan, said the institution would be organising various short-term courses for officers, including Excise, Business Management, Taxation etc.
The IIM has adopted five villages in Amritsar area as part of its CSR outreach, the Chief Minis-ter was informed.
Responding to concerns expressed by IIM Director Prof. Ramamoorthy Nagarajan over some unresolved land issues of the institution, Captain Amarinder directed DC Amritsar to look into the matter and resolve the same at the earliest.