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US Students to conduct air pollution research in India

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5,000 participants to join climate change workshops under India Initiative of CUNY CREST Institute

Students from the US are set to install over six solar powered weather stations in three states in India in the coming months with 5,000 participants joining climate change workshops across the country.

Apart from this, 33 students from Bronx Community College (BCC) and City University of New York (CUNY) would conduct air pollution research in Mumbai and New Delhi, beginning in January 2023.

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All this would be possible through a public diplomacy grant from the US State Department as well as a three year $300,000 National Science Foundation grant with Dr Brian Vant-hull of CUNY Remote Sensing Earth System (CREST) Institute.

The announcement was made at the recent launch of India Initiative for Research and Education Collaboration of CUNY CREST Institute (IICCCI) at the BCC in New York.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between BCC president Thomas Isekenegbe and CUNY president Vincent Boudreau witnessed by CUNY CREST Institute Executive Director, Dr Reza Khanbilvardi.

BCC has been active with academic partnerships in India since 2019. BCC professors Neal Phillip and Paramita Sen, who have received the public diplomacy grant, have also in the past undertaken a sustainability focused study abroad program to Maharashtra with 15 BCC and other CUNY students. They installed a solar powered weather station there and participated in other science and cross-cultural diplomatic activities.

The event was attended among others by Consul General of India Randhir Jaiswal his deputy Abha Jaiswal, NYC Deputy Commissioner of Trade, Investment, and Innovation for International Affairs, Dr Varun Jeph, and Vice Chancellor of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University (DBATU), Dilip Chauhan.


Jaiswal expressed his strong commitment and support to IICCCI’s collaborative work with Indian counterparts.

Approved by CUNY Board of Trustees in June 2010, the goal of the CUNY CREST Institute is to serve as a CUNY-wide institute of excellence in advancement of earth system sciences and application of remote sensing technology as well as other emerging technologies.

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