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IIT Guwahati and Brahmaputra Board sign MoU for collaborative research to address field problems

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IIT Guwahati to collaborate with Brahmaputra Board to restore River Banks. A partnership of experimental and computational study along with promoting academic visits of students and officials for mutual benefits of the Institutes.

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GUWAHATI, 30th July 2021:

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and Brahmaputra Board is going to collaborate to address river related issues and also how to utilize rivers more efficiently for people’s benefit. The collaboration will help to evolve with innovative technology which will help for better management of river like Brahmaputra.

It is a partnership of experimental and computational study along with promoting academic visits of students and officials for the mutual benefit of stakeholders.

A MoU on this collaboration was signed by Prof. T.G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati and Mr. Rajiv Yadav, IAS (RTD), Chairman, Brahmaputra Board. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Prof. A S Achal Kumar, Dean (Outreach Education Programme) IIT Guwahati, Prof. Arup Kumar Sarma, IIT Guwahati and Mr. Ranjit Deka, Director, NEHARI were also present.

Highlighting the unique aspects of this collaboration, Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati said, “Management of a complex river like Brahmaputra is possible only through collaborative approach of academia and Industry, and this is a step towards this”.

A MoU between IIT Guwahati and North Eastern Hydraulic and Allied Institute (NEHARI) will create a synergy in the field of research and allied activities relating to basin, flood and river bank management. IIT Guwahati being a premier institute of technology with active faculty and research scholars, it will be a fruitful collaboration in the areas of hydrological model of study and research.

Mr. Rajiv Yadav, IAS (RTD), Chairman, Brahmaputra Board, highlighted, “North Eastern Hydraulic and Allied Institute (NEHARI) under Brahmaputra Board after renovation of its laboratories and establishment of updated hydrological laboratories on model studies, spanning over an area of about 44-hectare land is now only the second laboratory of the country after Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS), Pune.”

Prof. Arup Kumar Sarma, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Guwahati, said, “IIT Guwahati has a world class computation capability to carryout mathematical model study of complex river to evaluate impacts of various potential management measures and hence to provide most optimal solution, Brahmaputra Board has field experience and a world class experimental facility”.
He further added, Recently IIT Guwahati has developed its indigenous river model BRAHMA (Braided River Aid: Hydro-Morphological Analyzer) through a collaborative project with Brahmaputra Board and this MoU will facilitate its speedy field implementation”.

The Brahmaputra Board was constituted in 1980 by an Act of Parliament Brahmaputra Board Act, 1980 (No. 46 of 1980) under List 56 of Schedule 7 of article 246 of the Constitution of India.

North Eastern Hydraulic and Allied Research Institute (NEHARI) is an institute with facilities in the field of hydraulic model studies and construction materials testing related to river valley projects. It was recently renovated and inaugurated by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Jal Shakti on 14th January, 2021.

The Chairman, Brahmaputra Board and the Director Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati had a discussion and both the Institutes agreed to undergo on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation between the two Institutes.

ABOUT IIT GUWAHATI

IIT Guwahati

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati established in 1994 has completed 25 years of glorious existence in 2019. At present, the Institute has eleven departments, five inter-disciplinary academic centres and four schools covering all the major engineering, science and humanities disciplines, offering BTech, BDes, MA, MDes, MTech, MSc and PhD programmes.

The institute offers a residential campus to 412 faculty members and more than 6,000 students at present. Besides its laurels in teaching and research, IIT Guwahati has been able to fulfil the aspirations of people of the North East region to a great extent since its inception in 1994.

The picturesque campus is on a sprawling 285 hectares plot on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, around 20 kms from the heart of the Guwahati city.

IIT Guwahati is the only academic institution in India that occupied a place among the top 100 world universities – under 50 years of age – ranked by the London-based Times Higher Education (THE) in the year 2014 and continues to maintain its superior position even today in various International Rankings.

IIT Guwahati gained rank 41 globally in the ‘Research Citations per Faculty’ category and overall 395 rank in the QS World University Rankings 2022 released recently.

IIT Guwahati has retained the 7th position among the best engineering institutions of the country in the ‘India Rankings 2019’ declared by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the Union ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).

IIT Guwahati has been also ranked 2nd in the ‘Swachhata Ranking’ conducted by the Govt. of India. Recently, IIT Guwahati has been ranked as the top ranked University in 2019 for IT developers by HackerRank in the Asia-Pacific region.

Among other frontier areas of research and innovation, IIT Guwahati is working towards augmenting critical science research initiatives in Genomics, Developmental Biology, Health Care and Bioinformatics, Flexible Electronics, Advanced Functional Materials, Sustainable Polymers, Rural Technologies, Disaster Resilience and Risk Reduction, and Water Resources and Management.

In its silver jubilee year, IIT Guwahati is poised to scale newer heights through all round growth and development.
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