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The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Roorkee has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bhopal-based Madhya Pradesh Rural Road Academy to strengthen mutual cooperation and collaboration in the area of road network planning, design, construction and operation. This collaboration will be a step forward in the direction of academia – industry interaction.

The Madhya Pradesh Rural Road Academy (MPRRA) is an organisation under Panchayat and Rural Development Department, and is recognized as Centre of Excellence in Training and Research in Rural Roads through capacity building and human resources development. The state has been successful in building capacities of different stakeholders such as government officials, professionals, and policy makers on issues related to rural road construction, maintenance and road safety.

The IIT and MPRRA have agreed to cooperate, through undertaking active collaboration in the following areas of mutual interest such as harmonization of regional and national cooperation on rural road connectivity, construction, maintenance, and use of local material, fly-ash in road construction, soil stabilization, innovative technologies and related areas. This collaboration will address the issues of environmental concern that would mitigate the detrimental effects of infrastructural development and operation; allow devising effective human resource development strategies and programmes to upgrade skills and introducing professional certification to various stakeholders; formalise development of national institutions and sub-centres, preferably with linkages to multilateral institutions such as the Asian Development Bank and the, World Bank. This collaboration shall provide forums for both public and private sectors to share their views and experiences in strengthening in road transport development.

“We are committed to devote our time to projects of societal importance. MPRRA is very active in utilising modern technology for constructing and maintaining rural roads. Predictive maintenance shall be useful for developing optimal solutions and cost effective management of the huge rural road network in Madhya Pradesh.” said Prof. Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director IIT Roorkee

“We are extremely happy to sign this MoU with IIT Roorkee and looking forward that with this collaboration IIT Roorkee can help in addressing challenges of MPRRA.

Together we shall bridge the gap between field and lab. I believe both the institutes can achieve new heights and address issues of utmost importance to the rural areas especially in matters of transportation, connectivity, and the environment” said Mr Umakant Umrao, CEO MPRRA.

The nodal officer for the project from M.P. Rural Road Academy will be Mr. B.K. Nayak, Director and that from IIT Roorkee will be Prof. Rajat Rastogi.

By TIS Staffer
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