| J. Satyanarayana inaugurates the centre in Jorhat on Monday. Picture by UB Photos |
Jorhat/Silchar, Aug. 19: Three extension centres of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (Nielit) were inaugurated in Assam and Manipur today by J. Satyanarayana, secretary, department of electronics and information technology, government of India.
While Satyanarayana inaugurated the centres at Ramnagar in Assam’s Cachar district and Churachandpur in Manipur through video conferencing, the secretary was present in Jorhat to inaugurate another at the ISBT complex in the Upper Assam town.
Two more centres, at Guwahati and its extension at Tezpur, will be inaugurated tomorrow.
Nielit is an autonomous scientific society of the department of electronics and Information technology under the ministry of communications and information technology, New Delhi.
Satyanarayana, addressing the inauguration ceremony as the chief guest, said the centre would enable capacity building in the region and increase employability of the workforce. “India is said to be at the forefront of the information technology sector in the world but it is seen that more than 90 per cent of the software incorporated in cell phones are developed in places outside the country. We do not have anything of our own and this is not respectable. This shortfall has to be addressed at the earliest. We hope this centre and others across the country will enable us to develop our own software to cater to the Indian milieu,” he said.
The secretary said software should be so developed that a weaver could easily market his or her designs and ware, a farmer could avail of the latest technology and market his produce at the best price and it was hoped that after undertaking courses at the centre, the students would be able to create such software.
Satyanarayana said industry would be automatically drawn to the region when IT and electronics enabled manpower becomes available.
The centres offer six short-term certificate courses in hardware and networking, accounting with Tally, spoken English and personality development and IT-enabled services CCC and BCC. A one-year course on DOEACC O-level is also on offer, with plans for a course on A-level. All courses are free for SC and ST students.
Ashwini Kumar Sharma, managing director, Nielit, and Anurag Goel, commissioner and secretary, state department of IT, also spoke on the occasion.
Goel said the centre would have its permanent campus with hostels after the government provided the land for the purpose. Two more centres will be opened at Tinsukia and Kokrajhar this year, bringing the total to six. The target number of centres in the region in the next five years is 20.
In Cachar, the centre was inauguration at the ISBT complex at Ramnagar, 7km from Silchar, through a videoconference deputy commissioner G.M. Hazarika and Satyanarayana.
Hazarika said the centre would temporarily function from the ISBT complex till it gets a permanent building at a suitable site. The district administration is now looking for a 10-bigha plot for the purpose.