- IIT (BHU) will play an important role in the development, safety and operation of highways
Varanasi. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India on Monday for technical upgradation and introduction of new technology in the field of road safety engineering, development, maintenance and operation of highways.
The 31st National Road Safety Week is being celebrated by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi from 11 to 17 January. Under this program, on Monday, Director of the Institute Prof. Pramod Kumar Jain and Director General (Road Development) and Special Secretary Shri I.K. Pandey signed the MoU. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Road Transport Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways General (Retd.) Dr. V.K. Singh and other officials were present on the occasion.
Giving information about this achievement, Prof Jain said that the ministry seeks to foster cultural of industry-academia interaction to introduce new technology and innovation in highway sector and is establishing its chair in this academic Institute and funding it in order to facilitate and create interest among student for cunducting their research on highway related topic.
He further informed that the Institute and Indian academia will simultaneously conduct studies related to road safety, environment and social impacts under the Highway Safety Development Project. Also, the Institute will facilitate or undertake dissemination of technology upgrades in planning, design, construction and operation & maintenance for highway development through standards, guidelines, training etc. Also, Institute will provide input to development/amendment of standards to be adopted on safety/new materials/technology and support the preparation of the codes/manuals of IRC on behalf of the Ministry.
Apart from this, Institute shall assists in evaluation and introduction of new technology viz. ITS & recycling, equipments and materials for improving road safety and operational efficiencies, undertake PhD Research programme on the topics selected by MoRTH. Institute also provide technical guidance to Ministry in any area related to Highway engineering, also advise Highway Research Board of IRC for identification and monitoring of R&D activities and also organize workshops, symposium on awareness related to Highway related topic.