Guwahati: In a bid to boost scientific research in Northeast region, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G) inaugurated the instruments facilities of North East Centre for Biological Sciences and Healthcare Engineering (NECBH) on January 19.
The newly inaugurated facility will cater to the needs of scientists and engineers to enhance the research and innovation in the field of biological sciences and healthcare engineering in this region.
Prof. TG Sitharam, Director, IIT-G, inaugurated and dedicated the facilities to the nation, in the presence of Prof. SK Kakoty, Deputy Director of IIT-G and other dignitaries.
Several advanced research equipment such as state-of-the-art field emission scanning electron microscope, single-crystal X-ray diffractometer (S-XRD), powder X-Ray diffractometer (P-XRD), nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (NMR), confocal microscope, fluorescence assisted cell sorter (FACS), scanning tunnelling microscope (STM), universal testing machine (UTM), dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA) etc are part of the instruments facilities of NECBH.
The Centre also holds research facilities in the healthcare engineering for healthcare informatics, cardiovascular information processing, retinal image processing, pathological speech processing, product design and testing. The gait and motion analysis facility in NECBH is the only one of its kind in the entire North East.
This facility will be useful not only for researchers but also for the patients, persons with disabilities (PwDs) and medical practitioners. Also, over 30 twining projects were funded by NECBH through collaboration between the researchers of the North East institutes and IIT Guwahati. To dissipate the knowledge, the Centre also conducts training programs and workshop not only in IIT Guwahati but also in other institutes in the region.
Prof Sitharam said, “Our focus is to serve Northeast India primarily and to benefit the local people of the region. NECBH is the institute’s recent endeavour towards this with an emphasis on the biological sciences and healthcare engineering with the support of Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.”
Prof. G Krishnamoorthy, Coordinator, NECBH, IIT-G said, “NECBH provides an excellent platform for the research community in Northeast for academic networking and research collaborations. So far, more than 450 researchers and students from over 60 institutes have participated in various programs of the Centre and we look forward to continuing this.”
To have greater visibility for the new Instruments facilities, heads of nearly 65 academic and research institutes of the North East were invited to virtually join the inaugural event that was live telecast.