October 7, 2016
In order to combat the increasing air pollution scenario in the country, two Indian Universities have signed pact for research collaborations with Clarkson University of New York on Friday.
According to a press release, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai and the National Institute of Environmental Health, Bhopal have collaborated with the Clarkson University to combat the inevitable health repercussion of air quality and climate change.
The joint research project between the U.S. and the Indian institutions will focus on air pollution, health and climate in India and building capacities for health research and program evaluation.
Launching the project, Ariel H. Pollock, US Consulate-General Chennai Public Affairs Officer said that the research would help create complex solutions posed by complex problems of air pollution.
“This joint US – India research initiative will not only contribute to a healthier planet and population today, it will be part of a legacy of research that can positively impact the health and well-being of future generations to come,” she added.
Calling the project critically important, she also informed about the alarming rise in world carbon level standing at 400 parts per million (ppm), which would reduce natural resources like good water and air.
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary of the Department of Health Research, Government of India and Director General Indian Council of Medical Research, and Dr. J.S.N. Murthy, Vice-Chancellor of Sri Ramachandra University (SRU) also attended the event.