Road ministry chair at IIT-R to strengthen R&D
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Road ministry chair at IIT-R to strengthen R&D

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the continuation of MoRTH Professorial Chair focusing on research and development, teaching and training in the area of development of highway infrastructure.

This collaboration of MoRTH with IIT-Roorkee will strengthen research and development (R&D) activities in roadways. The Chair professor is expected to provide leadership in conducting and coordinating research, development and teaching in the area of highway infrastructure development.


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IIT-Roorkee is a recognised institute in higher technological education and in engineering, as well as basic and applied research. MoRTH and the Government of India are responsible for developing and maintaining National Highways across the country. Both the organisations have agreed to continue the MoRTH Professorial Chair at IIT-Roorkee to provide leadership in the following areas:

  • To act as an ambassador of the MoRTH for highway development in the country.

  • To catalyse research, innovation and development in the highway sector in IIT-Roorkee and Indian academia.

  • To facilitate or undertake highway studies in Indian academia and IIT-Roorkee on the social and environmental impacts of highway development projects.

  • To facilitate or undertake dissemination of technology upgrades in planning, design, construction and operation and maintenance for highway development through standards, guidelines, seminars, training and user manuals etc.

  • To help find solutions to practical highway problems through scientific research by facilitating the partnership of MoRTH with IIT-Roorkee and Indian academia.

  • To utilise and expand the highway engineering related resources in IIT-R and other educational institutions working on highways and all related aspects.

  • Any other related activity.

The partnership is a manifestation of the initiative taken by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, for developing indigenous and apt technologies to cut down construction cost and reduce the construction duration of roads/ bridges/tunnel projects.

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