The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India’s premier independent university inaugurated the Center for Research Excellence (CORE) in Waste, Water and Energy Management. The new centre was inaugurated by the honorable Chief Guest Padma Shri Dr. Sunita Narain, Director General, Center for Science and Environment (CSE), Delhi, in the presence of Prof. B.N. Jain, the Vice Chancellor, BITS Pilani, Director, Prof G Raghurama, students, faculty, and other members of the BITS community.
The Centre for Research Excellence (CORE) will help develop technologies, processes and products aimed at providing solutions to pressing societal problems. This center will draw faculty resources across disciplines from all four campuses of the university. The faculty members will be encouraged to take up research projects cutting across functions and geographies provided at BITS Pilani.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sunita Narain, Director General, Center for Science and Environment, said, "Given the very significant importance and urgency of managing water and energy resources for our own sustenance, and of managing the waste we generate, I welcome BITS initiative to establish and fund a Center of Research Excellence in these areas. BITS faculty from across various disciplines and its campuses are expected to collaborate and develop practical solutions to real problems that afflict our society. Our Centre for Science and Environment will be happy to share with BITS its own expertise and experience in these and other areas in environment.”
Commenting on the occasion, Prof. B.N. Jain, Vice Chancellor, BITS Pilani said, "With rapid industrialization and population growth, management of water, waste and energy has become exceptionally important. BITS Center for Research Excellence in Water, Waste and Energy Management will provide a platform and funds for faculty and research students from different campuses and disciplines, including Science and Engineering, Social Sciences and Management, to develop technologies, processes and solutions to address these and other societal problems. The Center also comes at a time when BITS aspires to be listed as one of leading research universities in India and Asia.”
The Center for Research Excellence in Waste, Water and Energy Management (CORE) will be BITS Pilani’s major initiative in terms of sustainability and water management, which is targeted at discovering solutions to societal problems. BITS Pilani will drive the implementation of the scheme in other cities in India and abroad where water is scarce in their proposed project.
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