The International Center of Excellence (ICE) has been launched on Monday at the University of Science and Technology Meghalaya (USTM) in presence of Lahkmen Rymbui, Minister of Education, Meghalaya and the virtual presence of Ranoj Pegu, Minister of Education, Assam.
After the launch of the ICE, a ceremonial exchange of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) also took place between the USTM and Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC).
PR Swarup, Director General, CIDC, Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor of USTM, Prof GD Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of USTM were also present on the occasion apart from others while international experts and industry leaders like Mo Najafi from the University of Texas at Arlington, USA and Thenuchu, former Home Minister, Nagaland virtually took part in the programme.
After the inauguration, Pegu said, “The ICE that has come up at USTM will be extremely useful for the growth of the Northeast region. It is another feather of quality education institution in the region."
Addressing on the occasion, Rymbui said, "The collaboration of USTM with CIDC will bring positive results for the development of human resources in the region. The study has to be done on how to balance the biosphere and economic development of the region."
Earlier, welcoming the delegates and everyone present, Chancellor of USTM Hoque said, "The spirit behind the USTM is entrepreneurship and research. The university is growing day by day and the new International Centre of Excellence will extend value-added education to the youth of the region and the neighbouring countries."
Presenting the objectives of the Centre, Swarup said, "The new Centre at USTM is going to be a landmark with 17 schools of specialization and will use everything from the emerging technology including operation of drone technology for surveillance and other purposes."
Prof Sharma said that as a result of the intervention with CIDC, students from USTM will be able to go to Texas under the students’ exchange programme and study there in a very low cost.
The ICE shall have 17 schools and fraternity chapters that include: School of vocational studies, School of construction Quality assessment & health assessment of structures, School of Trenchless Technology, School of Arbitration, Conciliation & Dispute resolution, School of Technical consultancy, School of Drone technology & GIS studies, Student Chapters of ECI, IndSTT, ICC, School of Internships for young engineers, School of skill Assessors training, School of non-conventional Energy studies, School of Production/ Manufacturing process, School of Artificial intelligence, School of Faculty development, School of Subsurface Investigation, School of Surveying, School of Project Management, School of Surface Transportation.