The Punjab Government and the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar have signed an MoU with an objective to take up collaborative programs for research and innovation to boost economic growth and create quality jobs, and give impetus to promote research and innovation in the State through collaborative efforts. The MoU tackles assessment of environmental flows, and the development of a water quality dashboard for targeted decision making, groundwater management, irrigation efficiency and reuse of treated wastewater.
The MoU was signed by Principal Secretary, Science, Technology & Environment RK Verma and Director, IIT Ropar Prof. Sarit K. Das at IIT Ropar campus.
Besides this, a focus would be laid on research areas including clean air, clean water, waste management, clean soil, green Punjab, food safety, road safety, Khedo Punjab, Nutrition and Preventive Health identified under Mission Innovate and Mission Tandrust Punjab.
In recognition of the strength of IIT Ropar in research and innovation and priorities of State Government in making the state a Research and Innovation Hub, it has been decided to make collaborative efforts in the areas of mutual interest through; partnership to undertake state-specific collaborative programs for new and innovative research for improvement of the environment in general and water quality in particular, analysis and interpretation of data with respect to water quality in the state and suggest ways and means as well as innovative technologies to replenish groundwater in the exploited blocks. Likewise, the collaborative efforts would also, result in providing technological support to the manufacturing sector and handholding for industry 4.0 as well as support with respect to recycling and reuse of wastewater to ensure Zero Liquid Discharge and promoting innovation the ecosystem in the State particularly provide mentorship, guidance and support to technology start-ups.
Apart from these, the research endeavour would also undertake faculty development programs to teach innovations to other institutions in the neighbourhood or region, human resource capacity development for addressing locally relevant concerns, undertake education and awareness programs and take up short-term student projects on issues of mutual interests as per State-specific needs and priorities.
Prof SK Das, Director, IIT Ropar said, “Punjab is an agrarian state and is a water stressed state too, so being an institute of national importance and following the mandate of the evolution of the Civil Engineering Department in IIT Ropar, we are already working on several research projects related to water resources, waterlogging, deteriorating water quality, floods, droughts, siltation in the rivers, changing rainfall patterns accentuated by impending climate change.
IIT Ropar has allocated 2.5 acres of land in the new campus for setting up a state-of-art Soil-Water-Plant lab with its own funds and taking up objective-oriented initiatives in the area of water resources.”