Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) has set up a Centre of Excellence for Research on Clean Air (CERCA) to work on finding sustainable solutions to air pollution problems. Pollution being one of the major problems in the New Delhi-NCR region, it is said that CERCA has been established with the sole aim to combat this issue.
Faculty of IIT-D can take up multidisciplinary research projects at the centre with a goal to study and resolve air pollution problems. Feedback will then be given to the policymakers on effectiveness of each pollution management problem.
According to the Indian Express, a statement released by the institute stated,
Aimed at enhancing public understanding and participation in promoting clean air initiatives, the Centre will help spruce collaborations with the industry on clean air equipment and emission reduction initiatives.
The centre will help in bringing about collaborations with various industries for emission reduction initiatives and clean air equipment. The first phase of the project will primarily involve assessment of air quality, and also analyse different pollution reduction programmes being conducted in UK, South Korea, Japan, China, and US.
On February 16, 2018, CERCA was inaugurated by the Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal. According to Times Of India, he said,
I am hopeful that the centre will help in finding solutions to the mounds of garbage at the landfill sites of Delhi, enumerate viable tech solution for zero waste in a decentralised manner and management of silt that gets segregated from the silt waste.
The centre was set up with the help of an IIT-D alumnus Arun Duggal, who has previously worked with Bank of America as a banker, and is also Shriram Capital’s former chairman. According to the FirstPost, he said,
It is my belief that CERCA will become a leading scientific centre for addressing the air pollution issues not only in India but also in the world.