Director IIT Mandi Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves called on Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here today.Chief Minister while appreciating the several research projects to find solutions to the problems of Himalayan region laid stress on use of advanced technology affordable and ecologically sensitive. He said that over 100 Himachali youth were enrolled in the institution for prestigious IIT degrees.Chief Minister also informed that IIT Mandi has two business incubators to foster start ups. IIT Mandi catalyst focuses on technology oriented business and was currently incubating 14 start ups by IIT students, faculty and entrepreneurs. Whereas EWOK was an unique incubator businesses by village women.Director, IIT Mandi Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves apprised the Chief Minister about specific initiatives taken by the institute.He informed the Chief Minister that beginning from the green fields of Kamand in 2010, IIT Mandi has grown to a vibrant institute of technological research, learning and innovation. He said that the faculty has brought in about Rs. 70 crore of sponsored research funding.Dean Infrastructure and Services, Prof. S.C. Jain and Dr. Subrata Ghosh of School of Basic Sciences were also present on the occasion.