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President Calls Upon IITs To Play A Pivotal Role

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee called upon IITs to play a pivotal role in our endeavour to develop newer, cutting edge technologies and utilize them for developing a variety of in-house technology solutions for our domestic requirements and also to export the same to other developing countries similarly placed.

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{/googleAds} He was addressing the Concluding session of the Conference of Chairmen, Board of Governors and Directors of IITs held on August 22.

The President said the presentations made by the IITs underscore their commitment to, and active engagement with, local communities; their desire to undertake cutting-edge research and their pursuit of synergetic industry-academia collaboration.

The President also said that he was happy to know the concept of Ishan Vikas - a comprehensive plan to bring school children from the North Eastern States in close contact with the IITs and IISERs during their vacation periods. Ministry of HRD and the Council of IITs need to coordinate and ensure early implementation of this initiative.

The agenda of the one day conference on which deliberations were made included steps required to improve global ranking of IITs; giving impetus to research and innovation; use of technology in pedagogy and online learning; deepening of the engagement of IITs with community and resource mobilization as well as alumni participation. Twenty-nine Chairmen, Board of Governors and Directors of IITs participated in the conference.

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