CHENNAI: Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan visited the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) on Monday during which he interacted with faculty, researchers, and students and also visited various research facilities on camps.
The minister also released the IIT Madras Strategic Plan 2022-27, which proposed an ambitious growth phase for the Institute, in the presence of Prof V Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, Deans and other stakeholders.
Dharmendra Pradhan also visited the 5G Test Bed for a demonstration, the Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Development Centre, the Rocket Factory of IIT Madras-based Start-up Agnikul Cosmos, the Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre and the IIT Madras Incubation Cell at the IIT Madras Research Park. He also visited other research facilities such as Sudha Gopalakrishnan Brain Centre and the 3D-printed house in the campus.
He also launched the ‘Kotak IITM Save Energy’ Mission, being set up with CSR funding support from Kotak to help MSMEs reduce energy consumption and felicitated the Mphasis team for supporting the growth of the Centre for Quantum Information, Communication and Computing (CQuICC) besides flagging off other projects and initiatives of IIT-Madras.
He also awarded the diploma certificates to select students of the BSc program in Data Science.
Speaking on the occasion the union minister said by the end of 2022, with your (IIT Madras) contribution and innovation, India will be rolling out 5G technology in all parts of the country. "By end of 2023, all the six lakh villages in India will be connected with the Internet through optical fibre cables", he added.