Gadkari calls for enhanced cooperation among BRICS countries in e-mobility sector
IIT Bombay is the lead institution of India for the BRICS Network University
Highlighting the need for greater research cooperation among the BRICS countries in the e-mobility sector, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday called upon IITs in the country to take on research in innovative technology that can further revolutionize transport sector.
The Union Minister was speaking at a three day virtual Conference of BRICS Network Universities on the theme of electric mobility was inaugurated at IIT Bombay.
This conference was part of the engagements that India was hosting under the education stream during its Chairship of the 13th BRICS Summit this year.
Eighteen experts from Brazil, Russia, India, China and S. Africa will talk about various aspects of electric mobility like traffic management, hydrogen technology, hybrid vehicles, lithium-ion batteries and linkage between e-mobility and livelihoods over the next three days.
Over 100 students, researchers and faculty from the BRICS Network Universities of the five member countries are expected to participate in the conference.
Gadkari said the transport sector in India is transforming rapidly with the growing use of biofuels in all kinds of vehicles ranging from trucks to e-rickshaws, bicycles, e-carts and e-food stalls.
The country has also made a lot of progress with regard to low cost battery technology, he said. This transformation is not only good for the sustainability and health of the environment, but is also opening up new livelihoods in the country.
Secretary Higher Education, Amit Khare, expressed hope that these interactions between the best minds from the BRICS countries will result in creation of a useful body of knowledge that will benefit each member country in their shared quest for sustainability and inclusive growth.
He also informed about the upcoming engagements scheduled under the BRICS Education stream that include a meeting of the Governing Board of the BRICS NU on the 29th of this month, a meeting of BRICS Senior Officers dealing with Education on the 2nd of July, and a meeting of BRICS Education Ministers on the July 6.
BRICS Network University is a union of higher education institutions of the five BRICS member countries, formed with the objective of enhancing educational cooperation in general, and especially in the realm of research and innovation.