Saturday, October 29, 2011 (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rama Mishra (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Sukanya V
Sustainable Innovations (www.si-usa.org), USA, and Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani were awarded a grant of Rs 60, 00,000 by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to demonstrate Aakash Ganga’s social enterprise model along with its holistic sustainability and innovations. AG is a domestic rainwater harvesting system that alleviates the perennial scarcity of drinking water in the rural villages. Aakash Ganga’s social enterprise model couples “social business” of Noble Laureate Muhammad Yunus and cultural sustainability of Gandhi. It evolved over several years through incubation and pilot in six villages which are in close proximity to BITS Pilani campus.
Under the DST grant, BITS has set up an innovation hub led by Prof. Rajiv Gupta, Dean of Engineering Services Division. The other members are: Prof. Yashvardhan Sharma, Prof. Raaj Ramsankaran, Sourabh Bhati, Saurabh Bulchandani, Sumit Kumar, & Ayush Agrawal. Prof. Yashvardhan Sharma is designing IT network to monitor water quality and utilization; Prof. Raaj Ramsankaran is automating Aakash Ganga network design; Saurabh Bhati is developing indigenous drip irrigation system; Sumit is employing Google Earth imaginatively; Saurabh Bulchandani –is inventing data visualization system; and Ayush is creating a numbering system.
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