A lot of educational institutes have joined hands with government and non-profit organisations to bring change in rural lives.Education and health have always been an prior list. Some of the well known institutes including NISAR, ITER, GITA have always done tremendous effect in bring education a prior checklist to rural.
Talking about a well known instutute in country, The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar on Monday signed an MoU with the Odisha Government for establishment of Centre for Management, Training and Research on Rural Roads.
The research centre, which will come up on the permanent campus of IIT Bhubaneswar at Arugul, is estimated at a cost of `8 crore and will train engineers of the State Government on newer technologies in road, bridge and building, with focus on rural areas. The Rural Development Department will fund the centre.
The MoU was signed in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Rural Development Minister Badri Narayan Patra, Chief Secretary AP Padhi and Director of IIT Bhubaneswar Dr RV Raja Kumar.
This is for the first time that such a research centre is going to be set up in an IIT in the country. With the thrust on improving quality of rural roads, the proposed centre will sharpen skills of Government engineers through various training modules. The training will be imparted to engineers on construction and maintenance of rural roads through refresher courses and workshops.
Speaking on the occasion, Naveen lauded the endeavour of IIT Bhubaneswar for setting up the centre which will train engineers of Rural Development, Works, Water Resources, Panchayati Raj and Housing and Urban Development Departments.
“We need engineers with excellent technical skills for improving the standard and quality of infrastructure projects of the State,” the Chief Minister said.