India’s First Gati Shakti Research Chair to be Established at IIM-Shillong |

NEW DELHI: India’s first Gati Shakti Research Chair to be established at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong. An MoU was signed between ministry of ports, shipping and waterways (MoPSW) and the IIM on Friday for the Chair which will spearhead high-quality academic research on multimodal logistics with a North-East focus: building knowledge on multimodal logistics development strategies and practice in the North-Eastern region (NER), facilitate knowledge and innovation for logistical capacity building in the region.
The chair also aims to foster collaboration with global experts in creating and developing knowledge and expertise while strengthening the links between the multimodal logistics research and capacity-building activities with key stakeholders such as the logistics industry, government bodies, local authorities, and other partners and associations.
Union minister of ports, shipping and waterways, Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal said: “With the establishment of this chair at your prestigious institute, the Northeast is poised to take lead in the research & development of multimodal logistics activities, capacity building and outputs. Students fraternity will now have an opportunity to hone their skills and build their careers in the field of logistics.”
A strategic round table was also organised to discuss the multimodal logistics development strategy for connecting the NER to the wider national and international regions to strengthen the local economy at the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research and Analysis at the IIM. The meet attempted at strategising for the development of a collective NER logistics Policy in line with the National Logistic Mission as well as steps for the operationalisation and implementation of the policies related to multimodal logistics in the NER.
Speaking on the scope for the logistics sector in the Northeast, Sonowal said: “… The region witnessed revolutionary infrastructural advancements, development in digital connectivity, prolific economic growth, and several other significant accomplishments. The Narendra Modi government has invested over Rs 14 lakh crores in infrastructure development and connectivity of the Northeast. Only through this commitment and intensive efforts has India’s northeast become front and centre of New India’s growth story. The newly inaugurated Gati Shakti Chair will act as a catalyst to realise the full potential to emerge as a vital logistics hub connecting South Asia with South-East and East Asia.”
The Gati Shakti Chair initiative aims to foster stronger collaboration between the government and academia, leading to the development of high-quality public research in integrated, multi-modal logistics, and supply chain resilience.
This platform will also play a vital role in enhancing the capacity of students and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the region to fully leverage the benefits of initiatives like the PM Gati Shakti National Masterplan, National Logistics Policy, and the Unified Logistics Interface Platform. IIM Shillong will spearhead efforts to enrich the intellectual environment, bolster research capabilities, broaden research involvement, and strengthen the connection between academia and industry practitioners.


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