IIT Delhi, DESMI under the aegis of the Office of Principal Scientific Advisor sign MoU to set up DESMI Centre of Excellence

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Denmark based DESMI have entered into a partnership under the aegis of the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA), Govt of India, to setup ‘DESMI Centre of Excellence on Waste to Wealth’ at IIT Delhi.

The objective of the DESMI Center for Excellence (CoE) is removal of floating debris from drains like Babarpur, Barapullah and other water bodies in Delhi and generate resource from the mixed waste feedstock collected.

IIT Delhi and DESMI also proposed to work together to adapt, modify and create new mechanical tools to clean water bodies; the need for decentralized small scale solutions are the need of the hour and agreed to. It was proposed that partners will explore setting up a professionally run entity with the participation of all the stakeholders.

The MoU to set up the DESMI Centre of Excellence was signed on 23rd August 2019 by Mr. Henrik Sorensen, Group CEO, DESMI, Denmark; Prof Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi and Prof K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt. of India.

Prof K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt. of India, said: “We urgently need to clean our waterways which feed into our rivers and oceans. Simultaneously, we need to change our attitudes so that we own our commons and not orphan them. I am delighted that IIT Delhi is partnering with DESMI to do both. This Centre of Excellence will deeply connect the best of national and international science to address the most pressing environmental challenges of our age. Kudos to the Lt. Governor of Delhi and team for their leadership, partnering with scientific institutions and showing the way forward.”

Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, said: "This is a flagship initiative of IIT Delhi where the government of India, an academic institute, and industry are partners. This partnership is to solve the problems of the waste management. The idea is to use the waste that is being generated out of the big cities and see how that can be converted into wealth. This will in a way help us to connect with the real problems in the society. And as a technology institute we will be able to provide solution to some of these problems."

The DESMI Centre of Excellence under the IIT Delhi - Office of PSA ‘Waste to Wealth’ platform will contribute to providing holistic, encompassing sustainable scientific & technological solutions and behavioral analysis related to different aspects of transforming ‘Waste to Wealth’.

The CoE will aim to be a leader on deploying technologies and approaches for ‘Waste to Wealth’.

With the active support of all the partners, the CoE will provide support for implementing framework of pilot projects, which address waste collection & management in general; including liquid waste and solid municipal waste management with possible energy generation and / or recovery of material for useful purposes.

The pilot projects under the MoU will include management of floating solid wastes in water bodies. Removal of floating solid wastes for maintaining cleanliness and automated/energy efficient collection of waste from streams, water bodies, rivers and sea with smart and cost-effective segregation of solid-wastes based by post-processing methodologies.

IIT Delhi through CoE will provide support for implementation & development of pilot projects and make effort for fitment of developed technologies in Indian context.

The institute will make all the research facilities available for the research activities of the CoE at par with other academic activities of the institute.

24th August, 2019