All the IIT’s Alumni and Directors have suggested a virtual centre at the Bombay campus for the Climate Change Science which would co-ordinate work of all environment-related faculty in each and every Indian Institute of Technology in India.

Last weekend, when a round table was hosted here, engineers & scientists looked at various ways on how to channelize the knowledge and technology management ability of IIT Alumni in tackling developmental solutions through low carbon, climate resilient societies and come up with a plan to open a virtual centre at IIT Bombay.

Devang Khakhar, Director at IIT Bombay, said that a model for such a PAN-IIT effort is the Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP) project which is in progress at present.

He also stated, “IIT Alumni efforts to bring in their networking and group efforts to support programs in the IITs will be of great benefit. Proposal of a virtual centre at IIT Bombay for climate change science which would coordinate work of all environment related faculty across IITs and drive a holistic approach.”

Rajendra Shende, Director, United Nations Environment Program, and an IIT Alumnus, also stated that “A crisis (climate change) harbors opportunities. We can seize the opportunities to develop new business models and to set the economy on the alternative path of low carbon and climate resilient development.”

Mr. Shende also stated that the IITs can offer a knowledge management forum to spot and discuss policy, finance, technology, and communication & education issues, and it could also showcase promising solutions.