Supporting the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ mission, Chitkara University, Punjab secured government research funding of Rs 2 crore for 7 projects in the AY 2020-21. The research areas that attracted funding included Health Sciences, Agriculture Sciences and Défense Sectors.
The year 2020-21 witnessed Chitkara University research projects gaining attention from International Research Agencies including the prestigious Erasmus grant (European Union Agency). The European Union Agency, Erasmus provided a funding grant to the tune of € 30,000 (Rs 26 lakh) to seek solutions to improvise the healthcare education system in Europe. The international funding (s) were complemented with funds from various Government of India (GOI) departments including the ‘Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the’ Défense Research and Development Organization ‘(DRDO).
The Chitkara University research projects with profound social impact include the projects spearheaded by the ‘Science and Technology Hub initiative’ from the university to reach and teach the rural community about different aspects of water management, rural education and rural healthcare systems.
The teams working on the rural development agenda includes the ‘BhuGoal Team’ working to develop the weather stations to facilitate village level weather forecasting at the frugal cost of Rs 2,000, and a team working to provide the farmer’s community with a sustainable and eco-friendly solution to rice stubble management.
A research team has also developed a smart ergonomic portable commode chair to enable mobility for the specially-abled members of our society. The Indian Défense sector is slated to receive a secure framework for voice communication through the hardware implementation project spearheaded by the university.
The funded projects have been designed to aim to strengthen the national missions of India including Digital India, Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat.
The Chitkara University’s high-impact research competence comes from the university’s sophisticated research facilities, passionate researcher fraternity, and institutional support mechanisms including ‘Chitkara University incepted Chitkara University Research and Innovation Network’ (CURIN).