MoU with Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs for setting up an Accelerator Centre for R&D at IIT Kharagpur

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  • The MoU will identify the proven, innovative, emerging set up of Accelerator Centre for Research & Development at IIT Kharagpur.

April 22, 2021, Kharagpur, India, IIT Kharagpur and the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) have signed an MoU to set up an Accelerator Centre for Research & Development at the Institute. Under this MoU will provide innovation & incubation assistance to carry out activities like technology & product development.  The Affordable Sustainable Housing Accelerators-India (ASHA-India) initiatives under Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India) is one of its kind innovations.

“This collaboration is aimed to support potential future technologies relevant for built-in environments developed in India through incubation and acceleration which will identify the proven, innovative, emerging, disaster-resilient, environment-friendly, cost-effective and speedy construction technologies for housing construction in India,” remarked Prof. Subrata Chattopadhyay.  “We will be involved in education and research works, to produce global leaders in science, technology and management,” he added.

Through the ASHA-India initiative, the Centre shall receive support towards developing design guidelines, construction manuals and other necessary documents relevant for an effective transfer, use and implementation of new technology from the lab to land. On similar lines, IIT Kharagpur through its centres of excellence in education and research has been contributing to various facets of public welfare research & outreach. 

Talking about this collaboration, Director, Professor Virendra Kumar Tewari remarked, “Our work in various frontier areas of research has led us to contribute to various domains not only through affordable technology development but providing holistic and smart solutions.  This Centre at IIT Kharagpur will be one of the hubs of knowledge creation and technology development.

Media Contact:  Professor Subrata Chattopadhyay, Professor & Former Dean (Alumni Affairs), Architectural & Regional Planning Department,

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About IIT Kharagpur: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is a higher educational institute known globally for its graduate output and affordable technology innovations. Set up in 1951 in a detention camp as an Institute of National Importance, the Institute is ranked among the top five in India and has been awarded Institute of Eminence by the Govt. of India in 2019. The key areas of research of IIT Kharagpur are Affordable Healthcare Technologies, Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Transportation, Precision Agriculture and Food Technology, Cyber physical Systems, Ecology & Environment, Mining, Water Resources and Architecture. The Institute is engaged in several international and national mission projects and ranks significantly in research output including 50-100 IPR filed annually and about 2000 research publications in top journals and conferences. At present, the Institute has about 750 full-time equivalent faculty members, more than 14000 students and over 70,000 Alumni. For more information visit:


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