A number of nationally relevant research projects, e.g., in sectors of defense, medicine environment, energy, health, infrastructure, etc. There are a large number of projects undertaken by IIT’s which contribute to the national development goals and priorities. Some representative activities in these areas are briefly mentioned below.
In the area of environment, DSRVS has several activities such as the Ganga River Basin Environment Management Programme (with IIT Kanpur being the lead/nodal institute), development of a zero discharge toilet, climate models, development of air quality standards which have been accepted by the Govt. of India with notification in the gazette for implementation, development of an air quality index for dissemination of information to the people and for policy making.
In the area of energy, development of an electronic fuel injection for diesel locomotives to reduce fuel consumption, photovoltaics, solar-hydrogen generation, connection of solar cells to the grid in a smart manner, grid stability are some of the activities.
In the area of materials, there are a large number of activities ranging from metallurgical applications, composites for aircraft materials, biomaterials for aircraft applications, electronic materials for devices. In the area of mechanics, there are projects with IGCAR. In the area of infrastructure development, there are projects for housing, roadways, bridges etc.
In the area of computing, there are projects on computational fluid dynamics, drug and materials design, development of Agropedia, encryption algorithms for defense needs, smart card technologies, and telemedicine, and several other activities supported by the High Performance Computing facility.