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IIT-Delhi gets Rockefeller Foundation grant



Bengaluru: The Rockefeller Foundation has announced a grant to Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, to establish a Climate Sciences and Technology Chair, seeking to expand the talent pool in climate sciences from the Global South.

This collaboration will provide resources to experts, researchers and students to shape future climate policy action, the Rockefeller Foundation and the engineering institute said in a joint news release. The Rockefeller Foundation Chair for Climate Sciences and Technology will enable innovation and increase participation to address the prevalent and looming climate challenges, it said.

The release did not reveal the grant amount.

Over the course of the five-year grant, the institute will hold two climate-centric convenings bringing together experts from the Global South to discuss the latest advances in tackling climate change, it said.

“Climate change will be one of the defining challenges of the 21st century, and IIT-Delhi, through its substantial and growing presence in climate science, innovation and policy, is well-placed to help address this enormous challenge,” Naresh Bhatnagar, dean (R&D) at IIT-Delhi, said in the statement.

By promoting scientific action towards climate action, the collaboration aligns with the Rockefeller Foundation’s recently announced $1 billion climate strategy, the statement said.

“It is time that policy action constituted of evidence-backed, innovative, and scientific climate research from the Global South”, said Deepali Khanna, vice president, Asia Regional Office of the Rockefeller Foundation. “Through this collaboration with IIT-Delhi, we hope to enable this voice,” she added.



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