IIT Roorkee Committed To Rebuilding Lives In Uttarakhand: Director

Monday, 30 June 2014, 07:58 Hrs
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"A pilot study has already been carried out for protection of Tiloth bridge at Uttarkashi, and based on the results of the study it has been recommended to provide an additional bay of length 35m to ensure safety of the bridge against the morphological changes," Banerji disclosed.

Banerji, who joined IIT Roorkee as director in October 2011, added that this would ensure that the bridge remains protected from the ravages of the river, ensuring safety of local people and easy access to facilities in that area.

He stated that the institute's focus is to develop a "holistic design-based approach and to provide solutions to problems in Uttarakhand".

"The solutions to these problems include improvements in water, ecosystem, local produce, crafts and the quality of life of people in the state," Banerji told IANS.

He added that the institute, which has domain expertise in the areas of science, engineering and technology, aims at "integrating the outcomes of research in these areas for the benefit of the state and its people".

But how does the institute intend to explore and optimally use the skills of local artisans to develop new design models?

"The basic objective of IITR's design school is to preserve the local heritage of the Himalayan state and in turn generate means of livelihood for local artisans and craftsmen. Traditional knowledge will be documented and also integrated with contemporary design innovations to produce and develop marketable prototypes," he said.









 


He explained that this includes creation of a directory of artisans, convergence of local craftsmen, preservation of Himalayan ecology and produce, inventory of local materials and ensure a wider dissemination of the generated knowledge base.



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Source: IANS
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