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The Indian Institute of Technology, Patna (IIT Patna) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the District Water and Sanitation Committee (DWC) of Bhojpur. The MoU was signed between both the bodies on 26th August 2019, Monday, and it enables them to work collaboratively in the area of solid-liquid waste management. IIT Patna is one of the best engineering colleges in India and it has entered into long term partnership in order to deal with the problem of disposal of waste in the area.
Under the MoU, these two authorities will work jointly in the area of Open Defecation Free Plus (ODF+) activities and the solid-liquid waste management (SLWM) in the Bhojpur District of Bihar. The Deputy Development Commissioner of Bhojpur, Shashank Shubhankar, and the Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (Research and Development) of IIT Patna, Professor Sriparna Saha, signed the MoU on behalf of the District Water and Sanitation Committee (DSWC) of Bhojpur and IIT Patna. The District Magistrate (DM) of Bhojpur, Rohan Kushwaha, and the Director of IIT Patna, Professor Pushpak Bhattacharya, were also present at the event.
IIT Patna is going to be the technical partner of DWSC, Bhojpur for some specific areas of greywater management, solid waste management, faecal sludge management, and plastic waste management. The institute will also provide training and technical know-how to the officials of DWSC, Bhojpur as a part of this collaboration. It will also provide knowledge to a selected set of natural leaders, interested people or Swachhagrahis for capacity building in the form of green skill development programmes, short-term courses, and workshops.
The Registrar of IIT Patna, Shri Vishwa Ranjan, and the Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of IIT Patna, Dr. Ramakrishna Bag, also graced the event with their esteemed presence.
The entire world and India, in particular, has been reeling under the problem of waste management for decades now. At a time like this, such initiatives and collaborations are essential as well as commendable. IIT Patna has taken an extremely thoughtful and important step by signing this MoU with DWSC, Bhojpur.