GUWAHATI: Assam government embarked on a new mission to discover an affordable housing model considering the local climatic conditions of the state.
Launching the international collaborative project between Assam government and the University of Australia here on Wednesday, state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the target of the ambitious project is to realize a path-breaking model for providing shelter to over one crore people of the state, who don’t have proper housing facilities with basic amenities.
“About 36 percent people of the state do not have good housing facilities with proper environment, sanitation facilities and other basic amenities. That’s why our prime thrust should be to find out a sustainable and affordable model of housing to cater the housing needs of 1.3 crore population of the state who needs dignified housing facility,” Sarma said.
He added that the new housing model should be better than the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), which he said could not provide dignified housing to the needy people of the country despite covering large populace in the country. Sarma urged the University of Melbourne team and the technical experts of Assam to search for a model that looks fit in the villages.
The education minister asserted that the leading technical institutions like the IITs should have an impact in changing the lives of the people living in the nearby areas.
He insisted on collaborative ventures between the Assam Engineering College (AEC) and the University of Melbourne for better output in future. “Our technical institutions should be excellent in terms of academics if we want more campus recruiters,” the minister said stressing on initiating more collaborative works between the foremost universities of the world with the educational institutions of Assam.
“We need to work together with the premier universities of the world for developing the standard of academics and work for community development through sustainable projects,” Sarma said.
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