PIB News 6th Nov, 2020

(General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations, Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.)


Union Education Minister announces setting up of Centre of Excellence for Indian Knowledge System at IIT Kharagpur
Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal virtually inaugurates 3 days International webinar titled “Bharata Tirtha” organized by IIT Kharagpur today

Union Minister of Education Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced the Centre of Excellence for Indian Knowledge System to be set up at IIT Kharagpur. Inaugurating the international webinar titled “Bharata Tirtha” organized by the Institute from November 6-8, 2020; Chief Guest Shri Pokhriyal congratulated the Institute for the continued work in various branches of Indian Knowledge System. IIT Kharagpur has attempted to introspect on the spirit of India, her challenges in the present times and taken the right measures through an initiative like Bharata Tirtha and research, he said.

The Minister emphasized on education through mother tongue along with rejuvenation of Sanskrit to ease the educational process for the diverse people of India and draw from the rich educational heritage of India. Confirming the creation of a National Education Technology Forum to support technical education, he motivated researchers to take forward deeper studies in Indian scientific and linguistic heritage and access the historical educational resources which are still available. He remarked, “Initiatives like Study in India, GIAN, GIAN+ and other funded research programs could be the right resources to spread this to the global students and researchers community.” He further called for excellence in research to accentuate the quality of India which has sustained the culture despite the turmoil over centuries.

Guest of Honour, Shri Sanjay Dhotre opined on the need to critically study and analyze the interdisciplinary nature Indian Knowledge System in the present times. “Spectacular achievements of the past can inspire us but cannot sustain us in the present. It is our responsibility to equip the Indian Knowledge System with Indian ethos and values and attempt a pursuit of excellence in every chosen field,” he said. He hoped NEP 2020 will promote this spirit of India. “NEP 2020 is based not only on cognitive capacities but also social, ethical and emotional capacities which will ensure quality education to all students despite their geographical, economic and social position especially for the historically marginalized and disadvantaged groups,” he added.

Prof. Virendra K Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur, expressed the need to acknowledge and incentivize research work on Indian Scientific Heritage by awarding the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize. “SS Bhatnagar Prize is a dream goal for science and technology researchers in India. I would like to request Union Education Minister to contemplate on proposing to the Union Minister for Science & Technology to create a new vertical on Indian scientific heritage under this prestigious Prize,” he said.

The three-day webinar will witness talks by international stalwarts pioneering in Indic studies including Arthashastra (Economics), Sanskrit for Natural Language Processing, Vedic and Ancient Indian Mathematics - Numeral System, Bijaganita and Jyamiti, Rasayana (Chemical Sciences), Ayurveda (Biological Sciences), Jyotir-tatha Mahajagatika Vidya (Positional and Astronomical Sciences), Prakriti Vidya (Terrestrial/ Material Sciences/ Ecology and Atmospheric Sciences) and Nandana Tathya tatha Vastu Vidya (Archaeology, Iconography and Architecture).

The speakers include Shri Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Economic Advisor, Govt. of India and Dr. Deepa Sankar, Chief of Education, UNICEF, Uzbekistan (Europe and Central Asia Region) on Arthashastra,Prof. Gérard Huet, National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation, France and Prof. Amba Kulkarni, Department of Sanskrit Studies, University of Hyderabad on Sanskrit for Natural Language Processing, Prof. Clemency Montelle, University of Canterbury, New Zealand and Prof. K. Ramasubramanian, IIT Bombay on Vedic and Ancient Indian Mathematics, Prof. B. M. Deb, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan and Prof. Samaresh Bhattacharya, Jadavpur University, Kolkata on Bharatiya Rasayan, Dr. P. Rammanohar, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore and Dr. Mitali Mukerji, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi on Ayurveda, Prof. Mayank N. Vahia, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and Prof. Amitabha Ghosh, Former Director, IIT Kharagpur on Positional and Astronomical Sciences, Prof. Arunendu Banerjee, Visva-bharati, Santiniketan and Rabindra Bharati University and Prof. Omkarnath Mohanty, IIT Bhubaneswar on Terrestrial/ Material Ecology and Atmospheric Sciences, Dr. Shikha Jain, Director, The DRONAH Foundation, Gurgaon and Dr. Rajrani Kalra, Urban and Regional Geography Expert, California State University, San Bernardino, USA on Archaeology, Iconography and Architecture. Among the other experts are Prof. M. D. Srinivas, Chairman, Center for Policy Studies, Chennai, as the keynote speaker, Prof. Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE and Prof. Shishir K. Dube, Former Director, IIT Kharagpur as panelists for the session on ‘WAY FORWARD for IITs in Indian Knowledge Systems’. They will be joined by faculty experts from various disciplines at IIT Kharagpur.

The organizing members include Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur (chief patron), Prof. S.K. Bhattacharya, Deputy Director, IIT Kharagpur (patron), Prof. Somesh Kumar, Dean of Students’ Affairs, IIT Kharagpur (chairman), Prof. Joy Sen, Department of Architecture and Regional Planning, IIT Kharagpur (organizing secretary), Prof. Anuradha Choudry, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur (joint secretary).


(General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management, Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.)


CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur Adds another Feather to Its Cap
IDTR to be an extended Manufacturing Arm for CSIR-CMERI Ensuring CSIR-CMERI Technologies to have Maximum Outreach across Nation: Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani
CSIR-CMERI & IDTR Sign MoU for Technology Partnership

It is another Red Letter Day for CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur as the Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today with Indo-Danish Tool Room (IDTR) under the Union Ministry of MSME- Technology Centre, Jamshedpur over a virtual platform, in presence of Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI and Shri Anand Dayal, Managing Director, IDTR, Jamshedpur. The MoU ensures forging partnership for exchange of Human Resource, Sharing of Assets and Facilities; promoting Marketing of Technologies, Organizing Joint Workshops for skilling the Youths, Improving the Job and Entrepreneurial opportunities for the Youths and also conducting Workshops on IoT applications for the Industry as a whole.

Prof. (Dr.) Hirani, in his address remarked, “This MoU with IDTR is a result of the experience garnered from all the existing MoUs entered into by CSIR-CMERI. IDTR will be a sort of an extended Manufacturing arm for the CSIR-CMERI, to ensure that its technologies have maximum outreach across the Nation. CSIR-CMERI is working with its potential towards the import substitution and when the two such institutions join hands, the optimum potential would grow to make an Atmanirbhar Bharat. Mutual cooperation in the skill development programmes is therefore sought for so that the unemployment in the youngsters could be tackled properly and the technological developments are taken ahead. We need to reduce the existing logistic costs in the industries by setting up of smaller industrial units at nearer places.”  Both CSIR-CMERI and IDTR possess immense value-addition potentials for the industry as well as the society. If executed comprehensively, the MoU may help expand the sphere of influence of both the organisations and spur the nation towards achieving optimum economic growth. The assets, both physical and human resources, that public-funded organisations like CSIR-CMERI and IDTR possesses, may provide a golden opportunity for the MSMEs to utilise and further their interests. The joining hands of such apex institutions will help the micro and small enterprises, start-ups and small businesses by providing them with Technology Consultations and Manufacturing Facilitation.”

The Director, CSIR-CMERI further stated, “Since different Institutions are trying their best to deliver their mandated tasks, networking amongst these institutes will create an ecosystem, which will provide a win-win situation for the MSMEs. Linking of the Financial Services to the MSMEs through networking will also provide the necessary capital back-up. Such collaborations will ultimately benefit India, society and the involved Institutions. CSIR-CMERI has developed some big technologies in the domain of Municipal Solid Waste and Hospital Waste Management, Farm Mechanization, Water Purification also, which has the potential to positively influence the lives of hundreds of millions across the Nation.”

Shri Anand Dayal, Managing Director, IDTR, Jamshedpur, in his address stated, “CSIR-CMERI being the best Institution in the country in the domain of Mechanical Engineering will be able to provide critical technology support in the spheres of Agricultural Machinery, Toy Industry and Incense Manufacturing Clusters. One of the potential biggest areas of technology intervention for CSIR-CMERI can be in the domain of Industry 4.0 through next-generation concepts such as Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing (Metal and Polymers), Internet-of-Things, Artificial Intelligence and Maximized Automation of Mechanical Processes. Through maximum interactions between IDTR and CSIR-CMERI, on-Site skilling in the remotest corners of the country may be facilitated over time. Three products developed by IDTR has not only helped substitute imports but has also radically reduced its cost. The AL-90 Slide Gates is the most prominent among them and IDTR also plans to encourage the MSMEs to boost its manufacturing capacities, so that they are steadily able to export the same.”

It is to be mentioned that a team from IDTR will soon be visiting CSIR-CMERI to understand and explore possible avenues for its deployment in various Industry paradigms”.




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