Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ chaired the 54th Meeting of the Council of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITS) today through online medium. Minister of State for Education Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre; Secretary, Higher Education Amit Khare was also present in the meeting.
Union Minister congratulated Heads of all IITS and Chairpersons (BoG) for successfully continuing the academics during the challenging times of COVID-19 and for their remarkable contribution in combating the COVID- 19 by way of new scientific research. He exhorted the IITS to become a driving force behind realizing the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Union Minister also urged IITS to adopt One IIT – One Thrust Area approach based on local needs. Transformation using Digital Blockchain, AI, ML, and Cloud Computing at IITS also came up for discussion during the meeting.
It was recommended to constitute a taskforce to review use of technology at all IITS and also to accelerate deployment of digital tools. It was also recommended to undertake rationalization of staff from current standards to a lower number.