GUWAHATI, Sept 19 - State Education Minister Sarat Borkotoky has called for having grassroot-level innovation in technology to help solve local problems in a meaningful way.
�To make Assam an enterprising State, every household must adopt and use technology. There is a dire need for grassroot-level innovation in technology that will help solve real local problems in a meaningful manner,� the minister said on Friday, the inaugural day of the two-day Northeast Information & Communication Technology Exposition (NICT) 2015.
The exposition, which concluded today, aimed at enabling and empowering the North-east through information and communication technology.
Borkotoky said the State was ready for the next IT revolution with a large number of private engineering colleges, along with the existing government engineering colleges that have come up in the last 10 years and an education system that has been reformed to produce young citizens articulate in English.
Forest and Environment Minister Atuwa Munda dwelt on the benefits of IT in the Forest Department. He said the Forest Department uses GPS and camera trapping methods to track and monitor wildlife. �Electronic eye is also coming up in Kaziranga,� he added.
Parliamentary Secretary Mansing Rongpi said IT is a necessity and not a luxury and is relevant to areas in NE where there is no connectivity in far-flung areas. Software Technology Parks of India Director General Omkar Rai called for creating an industry base in the information technology sector in NE to generate local employment.
Senior politician Himanta Biswa Sarma in his keynote address on �Visions for Northeast�the way forward� said it is time for NE to join hands instead of squabbling over petty issues to become a vibrant economic zone.