Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel performs Bhoomi Pujan of permanent campus of IIT Bhilai
The bhoomi pujan for IIT Bhilai permanent campus was performed by Shri Bhupesh Baghel, honourable Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh at Kutelabhata Bhilai, Durg District. During the event the CM laid the first brick for the Academic Area Interconnect and Superstructure of IIT Bhilai. Along with all the dignitaries, he was given a floral welcome and presented with a shawl and a book on Swami Vivekananda. The Zilla Panchayat Adhyaksh, Sarpanch, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Additional District Magistrate and Sub District Magistrate were also present during the function.
The event began with a lamp lighting by Chief Minister in the presence of dignitaries including Shri Tamradhwaj Sahu (Minister of Public Works Department, CG Govt.), Shri Ravindra Choubey (Ministry of Agriculture and BioTechnology, CG Govt.), Shri Umesh Patel (Minister of Technical Education, CG Govt.), Shri Guru Rudra Kumar (Ministry of Public Health Engineering, CG Govt.), Ms. Saroj Pandey (Member of Parliament), and Shri Devendra Yadav (Mayor, Bhilai).
In his welcome address, Prof Rajat Moona, Director IIT Bhilai greeted all the ministers, dignitaries, gram panchayat, CPWD, IIT Bhilai, and Press members present. He shared a short history and the vision behind the establishment of the IITs in Post-Independence India before introducing the rapid progress that IIT Bhilai has made within a short period of time. He spoke about the exemplary design of the zero-discharge, eco-friendly GRIHA 5 star rated campus which is being constructed with the aim of tackling the hot climate of central India and reducing environmental pollution. It will be naturally cooled by the wind and shaded by 1500 trees, with a full recycling of water. Chhattisgarhi local artisans and craftsmen have moreover been employed to beautify the Academic Area Interconnect, to give the campus a local feel.
Shri Guru Rudra Kumar spoke about his pride to have an IIT under his constituency, while Shri Umesh Patel mentioned how research can help improve the local infrastructure and cater to the needs of farmers. He mentioned that all the people who have had to relocate due to the acquirement of land for this project will be well remunerated. Shri Ravindra Choubey shared that IIT Bhilai will not only be an institute of importance in central India, but one of national and international significance. He praised Chhattisgarh for all the potential it has to become a highly developed state, while emphasising that IIT Bhilai must do its best to fulfil this enterprise. Shri Tamradhwaj Sahu suggested that some of the research and technology being developed at IIT Bhilai must contribute towards the welfare of local farmers, adding that all roads in and out of IIT must remain open to all.
In his address Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel congratulated IIT Bhilai for being one of the youngest of IITs. He spoke highly about the advancements made in the field of science and technology. He added that to reach its full potential, IIT Bhilai must make the best use of all the rich resources accessible within the state in order to not only promote the state’s welfare, but also to facilitate everyday life of its people. The CM also appreciated the efforts of IIT Bhilai and said it must stand as a torch bearer in the forefront of technological advancement, while assuring both farmers and technocrats that they will benefit from the institution’s research and development. Shri Bhupesh Baghel also unveiled the 3D architectural model of the IIT Bhilai permanent campus and a bhoomi pujan stone following his speech.
During the event, a short video highlighting IIT Bhilai’s history and achievements since its inauguration in 2016 was also presented. Mr Gaurav Shukla, Pritha Shukla and Bipul Kumar Chaudhury, anchors of the event, introduced some of the ongoing research activities conducted by faculty members with PhDs from some of the top international universities. Young students of the area were encouraged to visit the permanent campus and draw inspiration from its soon to be cutting-edge infrastructure that will no doubt make the nation proud. While the event was very well attended, everyone present adhered to all the social distancing protocols, making it a great success.