Amity University Haryana signs MoU with IMD, Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI

At a time when the nation’s economic development and environmental concern are to be taken up together for achieving growth with sustainability, effective monitoring, analysis and modeling of environmental parameters, specially air quality and health, assumes a much higher significance for a nation like India which has promise itself acceleration of its economy from 3.2 billion dollar per annum to 5 trillion dollar by 2025 and 10 trillion dollar by 2035.
Amity University Haryana for its world quality research and development in the area of earth and environment sciences today signed a MoU with the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ministry of Earth Sciences to foster a new era of partnership between the university and the Govt of India, to strengthen nation’s scientific advancement and sustainability innovation technology.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof P B Sharma, Vice Chancellor, AUH said, “This MoU will help students and faculty members to plan and execute joint research projects, capacity building, field studies and consultancy projects in the field of Earth/Environmental/Atmospheric Sciences, and bring out publications and jointly explore use of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, AI and geospatial technologies in the areas of Earth and Environmental sciences.”
Prof Sharma further added, “This collaboration will also lead student researchers and faculties towards more effective academia-industry and government integration.”
Dr. SD Attri, Scientist G, IMD while delivering his address stated that “This MoU will be helpful for the Research Scholars, and also for the students of Master’s and Graduation who are pursuing their studies in Earth, Atmospheric, Polar Sciences and Oceanography. The students and faculties will get the opportunity to visit Polar Regions for their different research projects. The new capacity building programs, certificate courses are also can be started under this MoU”.
Dr VK Soni, Head, Environmental Monitoring and Polar Meteorology Centre, who has addressed the gathering via online platform, stated that “The IMD has collaborated with different amity university campuses, and also with Amity University Haryana. The previous ongoing collaborations with AUH were a great success for the research in Air Quality Dynamics and Climate Change impacts. Now, we are going to open some new doors which will increase the opportunities and outreach for the students and faculties.
Dr. RK Giri, Head Organization and Dr. Sanjay Bisht Scientist E, IMD also appreciated the MoU and expressed their wishes for the successful collaboration between both prestigious organizations.
It may be mentioned that AUH has been ranked in top 50 (32) for SDG-7 for clean and affordable energy, in top 100 (63) for SDG-6 for Clean Water and Sanitation and in top 200 for SDG-13 relating to combating climate change and its impact in the World Higher Education Impact Ranking by Times Higher Education in 2022, which was assessed approximately 1500 universities in 110 countries.
AUH also has Air Quality Monitoring Station established in 2017 in collaboration and cooperation with IITM, Pune, Ministry of Earth Sciences and has its active collaboration with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, USA for the monitoring of Aerosol optical, microphysical and radiative parameters for Global Warming and Climate Change studies using the NASA Aeronet facility installed at AUH campus. The university has also actively engaged in monitoring air quality including the fire flies ashes arising through subtle burning in the surrounding areas of Haryana and Delhi NCR.
The MoU was signed in the august presence of Prof P B Sharma, Vice Chancellor, AUH, Prof. Dr PCS Devara, Director, ACOAST, Prof Rajendra Prasad, Director, AIB, Deans and HoI’s and Dr Ravi Manuja, Registrar, AUH and Dr. VK Soni, Scientist F, IMD, MoES, Dr. RK Giri, Head Organisation, IMD, MoES, Dr. Sanjay Bisht, Scientist E, IMD, MoES and Dr. SD Attri, Scientist G, IMD, MoES.
The program was live streamed on amityunilive and was attended by a large number of faculty and students from around India. Maj Gen G S Bal (Retd), DSW, Prof IS Thakur, Director-ASEES, Sq Leader SK Singh (Retd), Director – Administration, Rear Admiral KK Pandey (Retd), Director–HR, Dr Gunjan M Sanjeev, Director – International Affairs, Dr HRP Yadav, HoD – Civil Engg, Shubhansh Tiwari, Research Associate, Dr Sanjna Vij, Prog Director, AASTC, Dr Amrit Kumar, AP, ACOAST also attended the event.