IF ALL goes well, the world’s second Discovery Park will be established by the Indian Institute of Information Technology-Allahabad at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Information Technology, Amethi campus, soon.
This was disclosed by IIIT-A director Dr MD Tiwari, while addressing the inaugural session of a national seminar on ‘Rural Initiatives- a National Perspective’, organised at the RGIIT, Amethi, to mark the 62nd birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on Sunday.
Dr Tiwari said the world’s first Discovery Park was located in Purdue University in the US. The one in Amethi would be the country’s first. Twelve centres will be established to promote research work and empower rural India with information technology, bio-technology, micro- engineering technology and nano-technology.
He said several departments of the Central Government had already agreed to the proposal. The Rural Development Department, the Science and Technology Department and the University Grants Commission will provide nearly Rs 100 crore for setting up the park.
Referring to the collaborative agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the IIIT-A director said eight-village resource centres had been established at Tikarmafi, Amethi, Gauriganj, Jais, Jagdishpur, Unchahar, Rae Bareli, and Lalganj which would make available a single window delivery of need-based services in the areas of education, health, agriculture, environment, counselling and others in remote rural areas. These centres would be completely operational in the next two months.
Earlier, inaugurating the seminar, Hari Chaitanya Brahmchariji Maharaj of Tikarmafi Ashram said the institute had made its presence felt in the area within a short span of one and a half years. Dr KN Agarwal and Dr SK Srivastava also spoke at the inaugural session. In the second session, Dr M. Moni, deputy director, National Informatics Center, spoke on different aspects of e-governance. He announced setting up of a District Information Programme Centre at the RGIIT itself.
Meanwhile, Rajiv Gandhi’s 62nd birth anniversary was celebrated in Sultanpur. Union Minister Dr Akhilash Das attended a ‘ Yuva Sadbhawna Sammelan’ . Das said the day was not far when the party would regain its glory. He called upon Youth Congress activists to take to the streets against poor law and order in the State. YC leaders and MLA Amit a Singh were present.