(DRIIV) Delhi Research Implementation and Innovation, an initiative of the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, has signed an umbrella MoU with the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA)
To implement various Sustainability and Smart Cities initiatives on the ground jointly.
The MoU was signed between Ms Shipra Misra, MD & CEO, DRIIV and Shri Subhash Chander Yadav (IFS), Addn. CEO (Urban Environment), GMDA.
Under the MoU, several initiatives are to be implemented using Science and Technology to alleviate threats to the environment.
Speaking on the flagship partnership, Ms Shipra Misra, MD & CEO of DRIIV, said “The MoU opens a wide gamut of public-private partnership models that can accelerate the Nation’s journey towards Atmanirbhar Bharat, leveraging Science and Technology, and maintaining environmental sustainability.
We are aligning the industry stakeholders to join hands in their respective capacities with workable solutions for the ongoing environmental challenges such as waste management, water security, move to sustainable energy etc. We will now carry forward the momentum. Show the power of public-private partnership where determination meets guided action.”
GMDA official Mr Subhash Yadav said “Problems cannot be solved in isolation and it needs a holistic effort to combat. Different issues such as waste management, water security, and mobility require a scientific approach. Partnership with DRIIV will enable several innovative and path-breaking solutions to see the light of day.”
Following the partnership with the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, DRIIV conducted an industry roundtable where leaders from 15 corporates from an array of sectors such as automobile, power, energy, etc. and 15 tech startups gathered to initiate an action plan in tackling environmental problems of Gurugram as a pilot.
It is for the first time that various stakeholders from the industry, academia and government bodies have been successfully brought together under DRIIV’s project SAMEER (Solutions for Air- pollution Mitigation through Engagement, Engineering and Research), which strives towards addressing the air pollution problem in Delhi-NCR.
During the working group meeting, stakeholders/ Sustainability Champions agreed that the current siloed approach towards CSR needs to be changed and corporates should consolidate their efforts under one umbrella so that their efforts are channelled in one direction with cohesion. Each industry partner committed support in their chosen thematic areas.
In order to solve problems of national importance and move innovations from the lab to market, DRIIV is establishing an ecosystem by fostering synergies between academic institutions, national and state research laboratories, and other stakeholders such as relevant ministries, industry partners, start-ups, MSMEs, state governments, philanthropic foundations, and international organisations.
Delhi Research Implementation and Innovation is the umbrella body for the Delhi NCR Science & Technology (S&T) cluster, which is a formal structure for S&T organisations in Delhi NCR and neighbouring regions to have better synergy while retaining their autonomy. It is supported by the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India on the recommendation of the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) (PM-STIAC, to create an Atmanirbhar Bharat through S&T.