Kolkata: IIT Kharagpur has undertaken four mega research projects from the Ministry of Human Resource Development which are considered critical for the country's development and will give special focus to them.
"We have undertaken four mega projects in sustainable food security, future of cities, signals and systems for life sciences, and science and heritage interface along with six integrated projects. These are very important for the future of the country," the institute's deputy director Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya told PTI.
The 'Future of Cities' project will aim to be a platform to identify and address the concerns related to the development of urban India.
The 'Science and Heritage Interface', a science-culture initiative will use technology for preservation, archival, development and scientific exploration of the country's heritage, including a holistic project on Varanasi.
The institute conducts about 300 plus sponsored research and consultancy projects worth Rs. 150 crore. The four mega projects along with another six integrated projects will get special focus.
The six integrated projects are innovative infrastructure, digital convergence, transport technologies, affordable health care, advanced manufacturing and geoscience for future of earth, the officials said.