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Government Of Assam Science, Technology and Climate Change

Success Stories

The Govt. of Assam has given high priority to sustainable development of Science & Technology. Initiatives have been taken to promote science among the masses and establish new institutions of excellence in the state.

  • In order to promote science in every nook and corner of the State, Govt. has decided to establish 23 nos of District Science Centres in the year 2017. The mega Science City Project is coming up at Sonapur near Guwahati as a joint venture between National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and Govt. of Assam, work of which has already been started.
  • It was felt for a long time that the state does not have any provision for awarding personalities and institutions who have contributed to the development of science, technology and innovation in the State. With the organisation of Assam Science Festival during 27th and 28th February, 2017 at Guwahati, this need has been fulfilled for the first time in the state. The Assam Science Festival was organised by ASTEC and AMTRON on behalf of Department of Science & Technology and Information Technology at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati. The festival consisted of observation of National Science Day, Exhibition and an interaction program with scientist and state science award ceremony
  • Also, for the first time in Assam an unique initiative has been taken up by the Govt. of Assam of awarding 3(three) State Awards in Science, Technology and Innovations to 2 (two) individuals and 1(one) Organisation/Institution on National Science Day (28th Feb.) every year from this year. This year State Science awards were awarded to young scientist Dr. Debasish Bora of IIT Guwahati, Lifetime achievement award was given to Prof. D.N Borthakur (late), former Vice Chancellor of Assam Agriculture University and Agriculture scientist of the country and the institutional award was given to ARANAYAK, Guwahati.
  • New Planetariums at Nalbari, North Lakhimpur and Kokrajhar are nearing completion. The Jorhat Planetarium was inaugurated in the year 2013 and has been exhibiting its shows successfully since then. Six more New planetariums have been planned to be set up at Majuli, Kaliabor, Amingaon, Bongaigaon, Diphu and Silchar. Land has been identified, DPRs have been prepared, administrative approval accorded
  • A new scheme- Mukhyamantrir Bigyan Darshan Achoni has been initiated in order to sensitize the members of the Gram Panchayats, Zila Panchayats etc of Assam as well as some selected rural students in the areas of science and technology. Visits to Planetariums and Science Centres will be taken up under this programme
  • The Govt. of Assam is planning to set up School Plant Diversity Centres at Higher Secondary School having Science Stream. This year, 16 nos. of such centres will be established, and gradually this scheme will cover up all the districts of the state. The primary objective of this programme is to accelerate Biodiversity Conservation and Environment Education.
  • In addition to that the construction of a Hi-tech Cactus House in Assam Bio-Resource Centre at Madan Kamdev, Baihata Chariali has been completed
  • For the first time in our State, "Assam State Space Meet" for promoting “Space inputs for Governance and Development” was organised in Guwahati in association with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) & North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC). It is expected that all concerned State Govt. departments will be able to use Remote Sensing & Geographical Information System (RS &GIS) based service technology and its various applications
  • We may also state with pride that Assam has been able to get Muga Silk of Assam registered as the GI (Geographical Indication) in the year 2006, and obtain GI logo for the same in 2012
  • The ARSAC division of Science & Technology Deptt. has completed 2nd Cycle Landuse/ Landcover mapping and the database is uploaded in “Bhuban” a web portal developed by ISRO for public domain
  • The ARSAC division has contributed thematic information derived using remote sensing for inclusion in KIOSK, a stand-alone portal developed by NESAC which has been already launched
  • District level workshop for capacity building of Panchyat Raj Institute (PRI’s) under Empowering Panchayati Raj Institution Spatially (EPRIS) was held on 30th May, 2017 at Tezpur for Anchalik Panchayat and Zilla Parishad officials of Sonitpur district, Around 80 officials participated in the Workshop. ARSAC division of ASTEC has signed an MOU with NESAC for establishment of North East Spatial Data Repository (NESDR).
  • It is worth mentioning that we have been able to use science to provide benefit to the common people as well. 8000 nos of portable metallic improved Chula under Unnat Chulha Abhiyan- scheme of MNRE, GoI has been distributed among the beneficiaries at a subsidized rate. AEDA has installed 7 wind monitoring stations of 50M height at seven locations throughout the State and collecting data by National Institute of Wind Energy(NIWE), Chennai.
  • 6754 nos of Solar Lanterns have been distributed to the meritorious students of the State, and Solar Electrification of 757 villages under Remote Villages Electrification Programme covering 35,568 household has been completed
  • Solar Water Heating systems comprising over 25000 LPD capacity have been installed at different educational institutions including Tezpur University.
  • Regarding the Biotech Park, 62 Bigha, 4 Katha and 11 Lessa (21 acre) of land in Amingaon has been provided by Govt. of Assam to Guwahati Biotech Park. 7 bighas of land has been identified to start the construction of the Guwahati Biotech Park Incubation Centre (GBPIC). Master Plan of the Guwahati Biotech Park has been prepared and GBP is in the process of finalizing the Management Model and construction work will be started soon.
  • The Assam Biotech Conclave- a platform which brings together various Biotech Entrepreneurs, Researchers, Academicians, Industry Professionals, Investment Bankers, Angle Investors, Government Representatives, Policy Makers and others related to the Biotechnology field was organized on 6th -7th January, 2017 to explore the possibilities of Biotechnology in North East India
  • GBP has also organised 'TALENT SEARCH CONTEST' on Innovative Research ideas leading to entrepreneurial venture in Biotechnology and allied areas. 51 proposals in this regard have been received and evaluation of the proposals is in process