SIVASAGAR, Nov 20: The second convocation ceremony of the Assam Energy Institute, Sivasagar, a wing of the national Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Jais, Amethi was held in the institute’s campus in Palasani near here in the presence of the Union minister of state for Petroleum, Labour & Employment, Rameswar Telli as the chief guest, the president of the Board of Governors, RGIPT Dr S Shymsunder, director RGIPT Prof ASK Sinha, dean, Academic Affairs, RGIPT Dr U Ojha, registrar, RGIPT Jitendra Prasad and in-charge, Assam Energy Institute Chinmoijit Sarmah and a large number of guests, teachers, and students.
Altogether, 73 students received diplomas in Chemical Engineering (24), Mechanical Engineering (23), and Petroleum Technology (26) for the year 2021-22. There are 472 students in different programmes in the institute at present.
Congratulating the students, the Union minister of state, Telli said that they should not forget the institute that prepared them for the bigger world and also their role in nation-building.
He said, “India is fast emerging as a world power in diverse sectors under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
He said that the oil fields are old now and yet the Modi government has granted Rs 4000 crore expansion of the first Asian oil refinery at Digboi. OIL has forayed into other areas also for growth and has bought a 41 percent stake in Assam Petrochemical Industry in Namrup. To offset the domestic crude crisis, the Petroleum ministry has undertaken a massive 1700 km long pipeline project from Padadip to NRL at a huge cost of Rs 9000 crore, he added.
Earlier, Dr Shyamsunder addressed the session and said that India needs more and more skilled men power to cater to the booming industries in many sectors. Quoting a Morgan Stanley report, Dr Shyamsunder said that India will dominate not just in the next decade but also the whole century.
He said, “India will be the designing, conceptualising, and manufacturing hub of the global industries which will be supported by India’s progress in digitalisation.”