PU project gets nod from international fund programme

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 10, 2016 22:16 IST

Panjab University’s (PU) proposal to set up an “India - UK Advanced Training Schools”(IUATS) in waste water treatment has won approval under the Newton Bhabha Fund programme.

Panjab University’s is one of the two proposals to be selected from India.

The proposed India and UK Advanced Training School aims to impart knowledge, skill and training in all aspects of waste water treatment/ management. It aims to enable participants and stake holder to impact the social and economic life of local and urban populations as well as deliver mutual benefits to participating countries in waste water management and sanitation.

PU professor of chemistry, SK Mehta will lead a group of 10 scientists from Chandigarh for a UK workshop on how to train the students who are a part of this programme.

The workshop will be held during July 2016 in UK with Prof SK Mehta as the lead coordinator from India and Prof. Alex Ibhadon, from the University of Hull, UK as the lead coordinator from UK.

The Newton Bhabha Fund is worth £50 million over five years and is supported by the UK and Indian governments through a ministerial agreement. IIT Gandhinagar is the other Indian institution, whose proposal also got approved. The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance.

Its aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries. IUATS will provide financial support to bring together group of mentors, early career researchers and post-doctoral fellows from both countries. The programme aims to train participants in advanced research techniques and methodologies and to create opportunities for exchange of knowledge and good practice between the UK and India.

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