PUNE KNOWLEDGE CLUSTER (PKC)

PUNE KNOWLEDGE CLUSTER (PKC)

The Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC) has been established by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. The aim is to bring together academia, R&D institutions and the industry of Pune and its surrounding areas, to address the challenging problems of the region through innovative means, using scientific knowledge and engaging highly skilled human resources. Furthermore, PKC aims to foster capacity building and promote skills development and entrepreneurship among the students and professionals of the city. All relevant organisations and experts will be partners and consulted to identify sustainable solutions to the problems of the city and improve its livability and prosperity.

While the PKC is administered by the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), it is a project of and for the whole city. In the initial phase, PKC would focus on air, water, health and sustainable mobility.

AIMS OF PKC

AIMS OF PKC

The aim of the PKC is to bring together the large talent pool in Pune, brainstorm, discuss, identify projects for the betterment of the city and surrounding region and to execute them through collaborative efforts. The PKC will

  • Catalyse projects to help mitigate problems faced by the city
  • Provide new opportunities to students, young researchers and professionals to improve their knowledge base and acquire advanced skills through interdisciplinary training programmes conducted by city based, national and international experts.
  • Increase employability in knowledge-based industry through an internship programme.
  • Provide openings to start-ups and entrepreneurs.
  • Enable translation of basic research to innovative products on the commercial scale.

THE PKC VERTICALS

The following verticals have been identified for the projects and activities to be undertaken:
• Environment and Sustainability • Health
• Electric Mobility • Big Data and AI • Capacity building

The verticals identify the broad areas under which various projects and activities will be undertaken.

The verticals are all related and will feed into each other. For example, electric mobility will be guided by and make an impact on the environment, sustainable development and health. Big data analytics will be essential for understanding the data in all the verticals, while fundamental studies can be carried out on big data technology and Artificial Intelligence.

THE STRUCTURE OF THE PKC

THE STRUCTURE OF THE PKC

The nodal agency of PKC will be IUCAA and the functioning will be facilitated by the office of the Director, IUCAA, Professor Somak Raychaudhury. The Principal Investigators are Professor Ajit Kembhavi and Professor L. S. Shashidhara. The PKC will have a CEO and expert staff and will have a central office, but the activities will take place all over the city.

The research, academic and industrial organisations in Pune will be the main players taking up the work elements, with the help of civic and governmental organisations in the city. PKC will monitor the activities in the above work plan through a set of committees.