Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Civil aviation minister inaugurates droneport at IIT Guwahati

New Delhi: General VK Singh, the Minister of State Civil Aviation inaugurated India's first Center for Excellence in Research on Drone/UAV Technology and Artificial Intelligence, along with a Skill development Center for Drone/UAV operation and maintenance, a Nodal Center for overall administrative Drone Data management for Northeast Region and 'AXOMDroneports' which will be used to support cargo drones delivering urgent and emergency supplies.

The minister also interacted with drone companies and start-ups and presided over the meeting of guests, dignitaries, Kendriya Vidyalaya-IITG students, farmers, medical practitioners, policymakers, and other end users.

Professor TG Sitharam, the director of IIT Guwahati, said, "IIT Guwahati has taken the lead and made a significant contribution in self-reliance (Atmanirbhar Bharat) in several sectors and has been focusing on various technology-based development projects for the benefit of the region."

He added, "Utilizing the salient features that drone-assisted technology offers, the remote and difficult terrain in the entire northeast region can be brought within reach during any emergency."

While addressing the event, the Minister of State for Civil aviation said, "I assure you that the Government will leave no stone unturned. Having understood the remarkable potential of drones to transform every sector of the Economy, the Government of India, under the leadership of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji, has brought out the New Drone Rules in August 2021 and has followed it up with a Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) Scheme for manufacturers."

He further added, "Drones offer tremendous benefits to almost all sectors of the economy. They can be significant creators of employment and economic growth due to their reach, versatility, and ease of use, especially in India's remote and inaccessible areas."

09/11/21 India Today

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