India-United Kingdom (UK) Joint Team has won Newton-Bhabha Fund for project on Groundwater Arsenic Research in Ganga River Basin. The project was undertaken by Department of Science and Technology (DST) in collaboration with Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK to find solutions to water challenges faced in pervasively arsenic-affected Ganga River Basin.
The project aims at assessing the problem of arsenic poisoning can get aggravated in the next 25 to 30 years and influence groundwater management practices and suggest water remedial technologies accordingly.
The project to be conducted from three sites – Bijnor and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Nadia in West Bengal.
- The Indian team has the representatives of the IIT Kharagpur, the National Institute of Hydrology, the IIT Roorkee and the Mahavir Cancer Sansthan and Research Centre of Patna.
- The team of UK consists of representatives of the University of Manchester, the British Geological Survey, the University of Salford and the University of Birmingham.
- Prof Abhijit Mukherjee of IIT-KGP’s Department of Geology and Geophysics and School of Environmental Science and Engineering is heading the project at IIT-KGP.
Newton-Bhabha Fund is a fund provided by British Council and it focuses on bringing together the UN and Indian. scientific research and innovation sectors to find joint solutions to the challenges facing India in economic development and social welfare.