The Chair has been named after Soumitra Dutta, who is a distinguished alumnus of IIT Delhi. Dutta is best known for being the architect of the Global Innovation Index, which now has become the global standard among innovation indices
"The work on research park is yet to start, but the work on 20 projects is already underway. Both institutes will be using their own funds for research. We didn't apply for special grants from government since we wanted to begin as early as possible," IIT-D dean said
The centre will provide a platform to IIT-Delhi faculty to undertake multidisciplinary research projects, focused on studying and resolving air issues in Delhi-NCR. It was inaugurated on Friday by L-G Anil Baijal
The Delhi Jal Board CEO Keshav Chandra also talked about possible solutions for efficient forms of disposal of silt such as stocking it in geo-tubes and de-watering it along the banks of the existing major drains.