In order to achieve self-sufficiency in solar power in the educational institutions, IIT Guwahati has collaborated with AICTE, and currently has installed solar-power projects in the northeast, which are yielding 416 KW of power and enabling laboratories, offices and streetlights to function properly in 27 AICTE-affiliated institutions.

Government Polytechnic Laying in Kurung Kumey district in Arunachal Pradesh, the Institute of Communication and Information Technology (ICIT), Mokokchung, Nagaland, and Mizoram Polytechnic in Lunglei, Mizoram, are all situated in isolated areas where installing power supply was the greatest challenge.

These solar plants within the 25 years of service period, are anticipated to decrease the financial burden on energy compared to conventional electricity supply.

At the first phase of the project, 27 institutions received funding of Rs 5.4 crore for restoration of solar plants and 16 institutions received funding of about Rs 1.92 crore for water treatment facilities. However, in the next phase, high-speed internet will be facilitated in various technical institutions of NE.

In the first phase, the highest 11 institutions have been covered in Assam, six in Arunachal Pradesh, three in Nagaland and two each in Manipur and Tripura. While in Sikkim, Mizoram and Meghalaya, one institution in each state has been benefited.

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