IIT Kanpur to set up Centre for Energy Policy and Climate Solutions

IIT Kanpur is establishing the ‘Chandrakanta Kesavan Centre for Energy Policy and Climate Solutions’.

IIT Kanpur to set up Centre for Energy Policy and Climate Solutions IIT Kanpur (Source: Official Website)
Vagisha Kaushik | Jul 28, 2021 - 3:19 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) is setting up the ‘Chandrakanta Kesavan Centre for Energy Policy and Climate Solutions’ to help policy makers with practical solutions to the problems of climate change.

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The centre will be an autonomous organization within IIT Kanpur. The centre aims to launch a Master’s programme with a specialization in energy technology and policy, e-Masters in energy technology, economics and policy for working professionals.

IIT Kanpur signed an agreement on July 15 with Sudhakar Kesavan, an alumnus of the Class of 1976, to establish this center. He served as Chairman and CEO of ICF International Inc for over 20 years. “The centre is named in the memory of his mother Chandrakanta Kesavan. who was a role model for Indian women in science,” said a statement from IIT Kanpur.

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The Chandrakanta Kesavan Centre for energy policy and climate solutions will work closely with the department of sustainable energy engineering. It will focus on policy, communications, education and outreach efforts aimed at implementing technology and science-based solutions in the country at large, outside the academic world, said IIT Kanpur in its statement.

The statement further added that the center will also become a platform to bring eminent academics, technologists, researchers and policy makers from across the world together to discuss and address these issues.

Talking about the launch, Kesavan said: “..I am honoured to be a part of the institute’s endeavours in creating impactful initiatives to tackle climate change. I believe that the Chandrakanta Kesavan Centre for Energy Policy and Climate Solutions will add a fresh dimension in policy, communications, education and outreach efforts so that technology and science-based solutions can be effectively implemented in society.”

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