SILCHAR, May 20 � It is not enough to restrict the developments within the campus or the region and even the national frontiers; rather there is the great need to expand the horizon to international destinations. Only then the �Look East� policy of the government will be strengthened.
This was what Ashok Thakur, Secretary, Higher Education, Ministry of HRD, Government of India, said while addressing the 12th convocation of the National Institute of Technology Silchar on Sunday as the chief guest. �NIT Silchar is located at a place which is strategically vital. It cannot only cater to the students of the Northeast but also can attract students from Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia and become a hub of technical education,� he said.
Laying emphasis on the need for internationalisation of higher education, Thakur said that one of the reasons why no Indian institution of higher education features in the top 200 universities in the world is because there is dearth of international exposure which is very crucial. He asked Prof. NV Deshpande, the director of NIT Silchar to take steps towards reaching out to these southeast Asian counties.
Thakur, however, expressed concerns about the digital divide in the country, saying that despite phenomenal progress in the field of IT, it is important to promote the use of computers through the medium of Indian languages in order to achieve optimum potential of the nation�s human resource. �Our NITs should endeavour to develop technologies that can display, translate and understand all Indian languages,� Thakur said.
Prof. Rajat Moona, Director General, C-DAC, Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India said the year 2014 will be remembered in the history of NIT Silchar because of its achievements. From the inauguration of 11th C-DAC centre in the country to the establishment of super-computing facility, this institute has seen it all in this calendar year. In his speech, Prof. Deshpande highlighted the activities and achievements of NIT Silchar, saying efforts will be made to make it one of the most preferred institutes in India.
In the convocation degrees were conferred on 626 students who have successfully completed their programmes in BTech, MTech, MSc, MBA and doctoral courses. Joydeep Roy from the mechanical engineering department was awarded the institute gold medal. Later, the chief guest and the other dignitaries took part in a tree plantation programme. The day also saw the installation of a smart card-based �access control system� at an institute hostel for enhancing the security.