DIBRUGARH, July 16 � All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the the Ministry of Human Resource Development for sanctioning of an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Assam.
So far as the location of this proposed IIIT is concerned, AASU has said that a place towards the northeastern part of Assam and well-connected to the rest of the country would perhaps be an appropriate option, as the State already has an IIT at Guwahati in the western part and an NIT in Silchar, the southern part of the State.
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, AASU has proposed the city of Dibrugarh as the location for the IIIT.
�Dibrugarh is situated on the south bank of the universally revered serene river Brahmaputra and the city may offer one of the unique atmospheres for higher education. This historic township in the lap of the lush green environment, incessantly freshened with the aura of the Great Himalayan and Naga Patkai Hill ranges, is connected with the rest of the country by air, rail and road transport and is also located amidst highly industrialised belt of flourishing tea, oil and gas, coal and other ancillary industries, contributing highest revenues to the nation,� AASU mentioned in the letter. The letter was jointly signed by Rituparna Baruah, central AASU assistant general secretary, Anil Gogoi, central executive member and All Dibrugarh District Students� Union general secretary Ranjan Dhadumia and All Dibrugarh District Students� Union president Sanjeeb Changmai.
The AASU leaders further informed that the region lacked major institute of the stature of the proposed IIIT. With regard to the curriculum, AASU said that application of information technology with advanced study and research facilities dealing with urgent technological requirements of Assam such as floods, soil erosion, tea plantation, environment and sustainable development, oil and gas exploration and their most optimal utilisation, alternative energy sources, etc., along with other subjects of technological curriculum related to IT should be incorporated in this proposed IIIT.