Three hundred Canadian students will work alongside students from 11 leading institutions in India at locations in Canada and India. The collaboration goes by the acronym IC-IMPACTS. The U of A will supply 100 students from a variety of disciplines such as engineering, public health and biological sciences. The U of A will lead the focus on clean drinking water. U of A team members, post-doctoral students to undergrads, will develop new technologies for water monitoring and treatment, and infrastructure that carries drinking water.
Sushanta Mitra, a mechanical engineering professor and the university’s assistant vice-president of research, is the U of A’s lead on the project. Mitra says the challenges and logistics are daunting but the focus is simple.
“Water is the life-sustaining necessity that links all of us,” he said.
Access to clean water is a challenge for huge numbers of the world’s population. In 2005, Canada’s public health agency reported more than 4,000 cases of giardiasis, a parasitic, waterborne disease that can be fatal for young children and seniors. In India, more than 37 million people are struck by diseases coming from contaminated drinking water.
Mitra says U of A President Indira Samarasekera had the vision for a Canada-India collaboration on water. Samarasekera says the agreement represents the best spirit of public research universities. “For the U of A, this builds upon a great deal of existing collaboration in India,” said Samarasekera. “This allows us to share our strength in water, agriculture and health research."
Article Source: U of A focusing on water quality in remote communities through new CanadaIndia research partnership - Faculty of Engineering - University of Alberta
Publication Date: 06 November 2012