Maiden Visit of Hon’ble Union Railway Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw and Announcement of C2S Programme  at IIT Bhubaneswar

Maiden Visit of Hon’ble Union Railway Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw and Announcement of C2S Programme at IIT Bhubaneswar

The Hon’ble Union Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics & IT, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw Ji undertook his first ever visit to IIT Bhubaneswar today i.e. on 24.07.2022. Duration of the programme was from 11 am to 12:45 pm. A brief presentation of the Academics, Research and Development activities of IIT Bhubaneswar was presented by Dean Academics. 

Hon’ble Minister interacted with the faculty members and students about the on-going research activities and related matters on Integrated Circuit (IC) Design, Semi-conductor Technology, Railways Engineering such as joining of thick rails, rail joint integrity testing, fatigue life estimation of engineering components, vibration & dynamic control.

Hon’ble Minister made a huge announcement towards approval of the Hon’ble Prime Minister sanctioning of the project and establishment of the centre named Chips to Startup (C2S) at IIT Bhubaneswar.  IIT Bhubaneswar became the 31st Institute of the country to get this honour of Chip Designing and Manufacturing. 

The Minister also expressed his willingness to establish a Centre of Excellence on 5G Spectrum at IIT Bhubaneswar.  IIT Bhubaneswar will identify ten application areas and uses of 5G Spectrum and will submit to the Minister Ji for getting the approval.  He further, announced that there will be a collaborative research and signing of MoU with Gati Shakti University of Ministry of Railway to give thrust in the areas of transport engineering and communication.

The Minister expressed his gratitude to the hon’ble Prime Minister of the country and Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Education Minister for getting this project implemented at IIT Bhubaneswar which will be proved to be a milestone in the areas of indigenous manufacturing making the country self-reliant and Atma Nirver.

The programme was graced by Dr. R. P. Singh, Hon’ble Chairman, Board of Governors of IIT Bhubaneswar.  Prof. N. C. Sahu, Dean Academics, Prof. P. V. Satyam, Dean Student Affairs, all other Deans and Associate Deans, Heads of Schools, and Associate Heads of Schools and Shri Debaraj Rath, Registrar, IIT Bhubaneswar were present during the discussion. 

The Minister had a lively and active discussion with the students of IIT Bhubaneswar and urged them to dream big and keep the hunger alive to reach greater heights.