Editorial Team

Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will be inaugurating the newly developed Jodhpur City Knowledge and Innovation Cluster at IIT Jodhpur on 28th September 2021 in the esteemed presence of Shri Kalraj Mishra, Governor, Rajasthan, and Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Cabinet Minister in Ministry of Jal Shakti. The event will be presided over by Dr. R. Chidambaram, Chairman, BoG, IIT Jodhpur.

JCKIC is an initiative of the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) approved under the aegis of Office of Principal Scientific Advisor, GoI initiated in 2020. The program approved six clusters at Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Bhubaneswar and Delhi. The project aims to create linkages among academic institutions, Research and Development institutes, National and State Research laboratories, Government agencies and industries of the host city and its surroundings. The programmes and activities are being set up under the following verticals at JCKIC:

Medical Technology Innovation

Joint innovation oriented Masters and Ph.D. programme with AIIMS Jodhpur has been started in the transdisciplinary area of Medical Technology. At present about 40 students are enrolled. A Bionest incubator supported by BIRAC, Department of Biotechnology has been initiated for hosting start-ups in this area. Around 6 start-ups are currently being incubated.

Project Craft

JCKIC is working for sustenance and expansion of local handicraft work of Jodhpur through intervention of appropriate technology, digitalisation and archiving of designs and processes and creating a unique physical-cum-digital experiential e-market place using mixed reality technology.

Water and Environment

JKCKIC is working on technologies for providing clean drinking water by using techniques that are green and based upon traditional know-how. A collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute is being established for building smart water grid and handling pollution of effluents from textile and other local industries

Thar Design

The vertical carries Ecosystem phenomics through a transdisciplinary framework of Medical, Engineering, Environmental and Life Sciences. It aims to crowdsource observations from the local ecosystem to the regional level using IOT enabled devices and Big Data analytics framework keeping the cultural context and traditional medicine knowledge in perspective. The vertical aims to integrate computer vision and Machine learning along with domain knowledge to infer links between environment, phenotype and genotype at geo-spatio temporal scales and identify signatures of “Thar DESIGNS” for early actionable intervention strategies.

Along with this, Hon’ble Vice President will also lay the foundation stone of the Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIOT) Hub at the Institute.

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