Union Minister of Education Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually inaugurated the Academic Building and Student Welfare (Activity) Centre of Dr. B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology Jalandhar.
He laid the foundation stone of Boys and Girls Hostels during the event. Sh Subhash Chander Ralhan, Chairperson Board of Governors, Professor Lalit Awasthi, Director, NIT, Jalandhar, and other officials were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Pokhriyal said that every engineer has an important role in making New India. The innovative experiments and inventions by engineers not only create new opportunities but also make an important contribution to the development of the country. Their contribution to the manufacturing sector provides a real force to make the Indian economy self-reliant, he said. Shri Pokhriyal said that their efforts will further strengthen the movement of ‘vocal for local’ envisioned by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
He said that the new education policy will not only ensure world-class content but also build an enabling ecosystem for research and innovation. He hoped that the engineers of India will become the identity of a knowledge-based economy, which will play a key role in generating new employment opportunities to achieve a 5 trillion economy by 2024.
He appreciated NIT Jalandhar for working with full enthusiasm for all the policies of the government. NIT Jalandhar is one of the most important centers of learning and research, based on modern infrastructure, competent faculty, quality learning process, and merit for academic research. The Minister was happy to learn that NIT Jalandhar has improved its NIRF ranking to 52 ranks in 2020 from 113 positions last year.
In these building, there is a provision for barrier-free environment for physically challenged persons and provision of lifts have been made. This building has been constructed by CPWD as per the latest fire safety and building construction norms.