Governor Shiv Pratap Shukla highlighted IIT Mandi’s technological contributions to Himachal Pradesh and emphasized its potential in supporting the Apple economy and local problem-solving. He was speaking while presiding over the G-20/S-20 conclave on the theme “Technology for Society” at IIT, Mandi organized by the Institute here today.
He said that this One-day conclave was a part of the ongoing mega G20-S20 Meet at the Institute and provided a platform for influential delegates from the public and private sectors to come together and explore potential knowledge sharing and discussion opportunities to address societal development with technological interventions. With India assuming G-20 presidency, Sh. Shukla stressed the nation’s role in addressing global challenges and promoting shared values. He urged to showcase India’s capabilities, philosophy, and intellectual power.
He expressed satisfaction that the researchers were working on making cooking stoves in an efficient manner, which would be exemplary in solving the problems of inaccessibility in the State. Likewise, developing biofuel from dry pine leaves as energy for industry would also help the rural people, he added. He said that the development of other bio-fuels and green fuels deserves to be pursued prominently.
He applauded its initiatives such as the development of efficient cooking stoves, and biofuel production from dry pine leaves. He also praised advancements in low-cost medical devices, robotics, and AI for healthcare which are helpful in addressing health crises in rural as well as in urban areas. He also stressed the need to strengthen technologies to predict landslides and avalanches in the State
The Governor also highlighted the need for entrepreneurship support centers to boost the state’s economy. He also visited the institute’s labs and centers during the visit.
On the occasion Prof. Director IIT Mandi, Laxmidhar Behera shared the institute’s focus on technology, skill development, and societal contributions.
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma and Dr. Janak PaltaMcgilligan also presented their views during the event.
MLA, Puran Chand, Director, IIT Jammu, Prof. Manoj Gaur, Director, Punjab Engineering College, Prof. Baldev Sedhia, and other prominent people were also present on the occasion.