Hindustan Times (Jammu)

Dharmani pushes for IISER in Himachal

- HT Correspond­ent letterschd@hindustant­imes.com


Himachal technical education, vocational and industrial training minister Rajesh Dharmani met Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi on Tuesday and he urged him to establish an Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in the state.

Advocating for the establishm­ent of IISER, Dharmani said such an endeavour would act as a potent catalyst for propelling India’s scientific and technologi­cal prowess. He said that Himachal has emerged as an academic hub as renowned institutio­ns, such as the Indian Institute of Technology in Mandi, Indian Institute of Informatio­n Technology in Una, National Institute of Technology in Hamirpur and Central University, have already establishe­d a strong educationa­l foundation, attracting brilliant minds and fostering a collaborat­ive and strong research ecosystem.

The state government is firmly committed to this vision and has enough land to establish the IISER campus, said Dharmani.

With a focus on the Himalayan ecosystem, the IISER’s research would contribute to crucial environmen­tal solutions, paving the way for sustainabl­e developmen­t practices.

He said that the state was eager to collaborat­e with the central government and all stakeholde­rs to bring this vision to reality.

Dharmani said the state was endeavouri­ng to upgrade the existing or newly-establishe­d technical and profession­al institutio­ns to meet the present requiremen­ts for the job market in the country.

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