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Pact on energy research

The state government collaborated with the University of Chicago and its trust in India to facilitate new research, knowledge and capacity-building in sectors of energy and health.

By Anwesha Ambaly in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 4.04.17
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Officials of state government and the University of Chicago sign the pact as chief minister Naveen Patnaik looks on at the secretariat in Bhubaneswar on Monday. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar, April 3: The state government collaborated with the University of Chicago and its trust in India to facilitate new research, knowledge and capacity-building in sectors of energy and health.

A statement of intent was signed in the presence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik today at the secretariat to enable the University of Chicago's centre in Delhi to work closely with the state government to carry out research, impact evaluations and pilot project implementation in the sectors of energy and environment, health, water and sanitation.

The collaborations will be carried out through Energy Policy Institute of Chicago (EPIC-India) that conducts cutting-edge research to test new approaches for expanding energy access and achieving low-cost reductions in pollution through innovative solutions that are suitable in the Indian context.

As part of the partnership, EPIC-India will set up a knowledge cell at the Odisha State Pollution Control Board here where Bhubaneshwar-based researchers will work closely with state government officials in designing innovative energy and environment solutions. The chief minister said knowledge partnerships between premier universities and the policy-makers in governments across the globe had become imperative.

"The world is undergoing fast changes cutting across various fields, and the changing paradigms are evident and prominently visible. The future will be driven by the knowledge and technology-centric solutions. As Odisha is marching towards its vision for the future, such collaborations will have to become an integral part of our planning process," Naveen said.

Associate provost and senior advisor to the president at the University of Chicago, Balaji Srinivasan, who was present on the occasion, said: "We are hopeful that the partnership will result in innovative solutions to critical energy and environment challenges in the state." The partnership will also facilitate development of the Odia Virtual Academy for digitisation, preservation and improved access to archival material through the University of Chicago library and making Odia language available to a wider audience. "These initiatives will go a long way in preserving invaluable lingual and culture heritage and resources of Odisha," he said.