Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad has bagged a Rs 30 crore project from Japan in the area of multi-mode transportation as the institute pursues to further nurture its special relationship with that country.
“It is a five-year project aimed at reducing carbon footprint. We have a unique relationship with Japan,” IIT-H Director Prof U B Desai said. Officials of the institute said it is a second SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development) project on ‘Smart Cities for Emerging Countries based on Sensing, Network, and Big Data Analysis of Multimodal Regional Transportation System’. Terming the relationship as one of its kind in the history of academia, Prof Desai said, “Perhaps the other one which comes closer is the relationship that IIT-Kanpur had with the United States.” “IITH, which started functioning in August, 2008, has various programmes with Japan like research and development collaborations and friendship programmes, as well as on the infrastructure front,” he said.