A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT).
The objective is to generate frontier technologies and provide quality human resources in the field of agricultural research and education for addressing the challenges faced by rural communities and enhancing their quality of life.
Now, IIT Delhi and OUAT, Bhubaneswar would work jointly in the field of Application in Agriculture, Precision Farming, Geospatial Technology, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, and related aspects of agriculture, leading to the creation of rural livelihood opportunities. There will be a strengthening of faculty/ scientists through exchange programmes and the use of laboratories of both the organizations.
The MoU was signed by Dr Pawan Kumar Agarwal, Vice-Chancellor, OUAT, BBSr and Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi. They expressed their happiness due to this collaboration as it will now create new avenues for interdisciplinary research with the association of scientists from OUAT and IIT Delhi.
“As part of IIT Delhi’s resolve to strengthen the rural economy through technology interventions, the institute is closely working with multiple ICAR laboratories on a variety of agricultural problems. Through this collaborative agreement with OUAT, we hope to also initiate multiple funded projects between IIT Delhi and OUAT faculty under IIT Delhi’s Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Programme (FIRP)” Prof. Rao, Director, IIT Delhi said.
He further stated that the academic and research collaborations between OUAT and IIT Delhi particularly in the areas of sensor-based agriculture technologies, nanotechnology and biotechnology applications would generate strategies and advanced techniques for meeting current barriers faced by agricultural sectors.
There are numerous problems faced by farmers in general, and Odisha farmers can be interpreted from the outcome of this Joint research. There are so many features related to cutting-edge research in agriculture need to be work together by these two organizations. This will assist in bringing automation, mechanization and proper use of natural resources like soil and water.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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