Anu Parthiban|Aug 4, 2022
IIT Roorkee, Japanese institutions team up for economic, environment research
IIT Roorkee's collaborative research will focus on two selected study sites including Haridwar in India and Kanagawa prefecture in Japan.
NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee is collaborating with Japan's Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and Keio University to implement a bilateral project to analyze the economic and environmental impact of the COVID 19 pandemic-induced reverse migration on the urban-rural continuum. The research is titled "Ecosystem centric rural revitalization: Bridging the urban-rural dichotomy toward post-COVID resilient recovery”, is funded by India's Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
According to a statement from IIT Roorkee, the research will focus on two selected study sites including Haridwar in India and Kanagawa prefecture in Japan. In connection with the joint research, a project workshop was conducted at IIT Roorkee today, June 27, 2022 to bring together experts and stakeholders to discuss the topic.
"Urban and rural areas are strongly interconnected and failure to understand the strong linkages may affect the sustainability of the rural food-energy-water nexus. The proposed research will emphasize the policies adopted in India and Japan to support key economic sectors, making them resilient to disasters,” said Bijon Kr Mitra, IGES Japan.
"The project will demonstrate the pathways of eco-system centric revitalization of rural areas through diversification of its economy toward decentralized growth in the post-COVID-19 era. There is no need to re-invent the wheel to find solutions to complicated problems but harness the learnings cross-discipline and cross-country to identify sustainable growth strategies," said Ajit K Chaturvedi, director of IIT Roorkee.
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