Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT) Roorkee and Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation in research and training. The MOU aims to develop the relationship between the two institutes.
“The agreement outlines the joint submission of research and development projects under the call of a proposal from several government and non-governmental funding organizations for promoting rural infrastructures and improving livelihoods of rural communities, training and workshops on sustainable development in the Himalayas” , the institute claimed in its press release.
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Both institutes agreed to conduct a joint training program on various natural issues, namely recently developed techniques in water management and agricultural development, food security, agricultural security, livelihoods, drinking water security, energy security, natural hazards, climate, among others. The agreement also facilitates the exchange of staff and students for joint research.
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dr. Anil Joshi, founder of HESCO, said: “The knowledge generated by IIT Roorkee will be communicated by HESCO to enable the community organization to achieve socio-economic independence. The association that will help develop participatory research to diverse communities, needs technology such as agriculture, water and sanitation, and energy for rural communities in the Himalayas.”
Prof. dr. Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director of IIT Roorkee, emphasized: “The proposed collaboration between IIT Roorkee and HESCO will promote better management of water resources and targeted agricultural development for the sustainable progress of rural communities in the Himalayan region.”
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