26th July 2019 , Roorkee: On 26th July 2019, IIT Roorkee signed an MoU with Madhya Pradesh Rural Road Academy located at Bhopal, with a view to strengthen mutual cooperation and collaboration in the area of road network planning, design, construction and operation. This collaboration will be a step forward in the direction of academia – industry interaction.
Madhya Pradesh Rural Road
Academy (MPRRA), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh is an organisation under Panchayat and
Rural Development Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh, with its office
located on the right bank of Kaliasot Dam in Walmi Hills on Kolar Road,
Bhopal. The MPRRA is recognized as Centre of Excellence in Training and
Research in Rural Roads through capacity building and human resources
development in the state. The state has been successful in building capacities
of different stakeholders such as Govt. Professionals, policy makers on issues
related to Rural Road Construction, Maintenance and Road Safety.
IITR and MPRRA agree to
cooperate, through undertaking active collaboration in the following areas of
mutual interest such as harmonization of regional and national cooperation on
Rural Road connectivity, Construction, Maintenance, and Use of local material,
Fly-ash in road construction, Soil stabilization, Innovative Technologies and
related areas. This collaboration will address the issues of environmental
concern that would mitigate the detrimental effects of infrastructural
development and operation; allow devising effective human resource development
strategies and programmes to upgrade skills and introducing professional
certification to various stakeholders; formalise development of national
institutions and sub-centres, preferably with linkages to multilateral
institutions such as ADB, World Bank. This collaboration shall provide forums
for both public and private sectors to share their views and experiences in
strengthening IIT Roorkee and MPRRA partnership in road transport development.
“We are committed to devote
our time to projects of societal importance. MPRRA is very active in utilising
modern technology for constructing and maintaining rural roads. Predictive
maintenance shall be useful for developing optimal solutions and cost effective
management of the huge rural road network in Madhya Pradesh.” said Prof.
Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director IIT Roorkee
“We are extremely happy to
sign this MoU with IIT Roorkee and looking forward that with this collaboration
IIT Roorkee can help in addressing challenges of MPRRA.
Together we shall bridge the
gap between field and lab. I believe both the institutes can achieve new
heights and address issues of utmost importance to the rural areas especially
in matters of transportation, connectivity and the environment” said Shri
Umakant Umrao, CEO MPRRA.
The representatives or nodal
officer from M.P. Rural Road Academy is Mr. B.K. Nayak, Director and the
representative from IIT Roorkee is Prof. Rajat Rastogi.
The event was graced by
Prof. Ajit Kumar Chaturvedi – Director IITR, Prof. Manoranjan Parida – Deputy
Director IITR, Prof. Manish Shrikhande – Dean SRIC IITR, Prof. BR Gurjar –
DORA, Prof. SK Ghosh – Head Civil Engineering IITR, Prof. G.D. Ransinchung –
Faculty Transportation Engineering IITR, Prof. Indrajit Ghosh – Faculty
Transportation Engineering IITR, Shri Umakant Umrao, CEO MPRRA and Shri Basant
Nayak, Director MPRRA.
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