Pune Knowledge Cluster
The Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC) aims 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. By innovatively
connecting the unique and diverse academic/technical and sustainability experts, PKC aims to make Pune the
national hub for knowledge-driven industries and a carbon neutral city. Furthermore, PKC aims to foster
capacity building and promote skills development and entrepreneurship among the students and
professionals of the city.
To act as a catalyst to bring together the large talent pool present in Industry, Academia, Government
and non-Governmental organizations of Pune to brainstorm, discuss and identify projects of importance
and of value to the region and to execute them through collaborative efforts.
Anita Kane, Ajit Kembhavi, Rupa Mishra, L. S. Shashidhara
Outbreaks of Dengue, Chikungunya and other infectious diseases have been on the rise in Pune,
a city with diverse and fluctuating communities with differential access to nutrition and healthcare.
Under the health vertical PKC proposed to establish collaborations to aid in understanding the
prevalence of infectious diseases using vector dynamics and viral epidemics.
Data will be collected at city-level and analysed to understand its correlation with outbreaks
and design better preventive measures.
Shantanu Goel, Anita Kane, Ashwini Keskar.
Urban tree cover can significantly reduce atmospheric CO2 levels & particulate matter. Pune Municipal
Corporation recently conducted a city tree census with data on 25+ attributes of each tree.
Using AI-based analysis of this big data set and ecological data of the past 50-years, we will run
projects to understand characters of existing tree cover, model carbon sequestration & particulate
matter absorption, and plan plantation of local trees to close ecological gaps, etc.
PKC Coordinators: Anita Kane, Ajit Kembhavi
Metro services are being set up in Pune city. However, the transportation to and from metro stations
and final destinations also needs to be thought of. This project will undertake extensive study,
analysis and modelling to design transport solutions for last mile connectivity by small electric
public transport vehicles (e-rickshaw, e-taxi, ride share, cycles, etc.).
Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) is a concept that enables plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) to act as a form of
distributed energy storage by providing demand-response services to the power grid. Similarly,
Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) connects EVs to the household electric supply, allowing for storage in EV
batteries in times of low-cost availability and usage in times of power outage. The project will
develop pilot technologies to facilitate V2G & V2H.
PKC Coordinators: Surendra Ghaskadbi, Prachi Pasalkar
The capacity building vertical of the Pune knowledge cluster aims to provide new opportunities to students,
young researchers and professionals to improve their knowledge base and acquire advanced skills through
interdisciplinary training programmes. Since January 2021, the cluster has conducted 3 courses and 2 more
are to begin shortly. Many more courses are in the pipeline. Two webinars were also conducted. The courses
are attended by students, young researchers and young professionals from Pune and other places in the country.
PKC Coordinators: Ajit Kembhavi, Disha Sawant
While each of the first three verticals will involve extensive use of Big Data and Artificial
Intelligence (AI), this vertical will also by itself be a source of new ideas and projects.
The projects presently envisaged will rely on collection of large data sets and their analysis
using AI and Machine Learning, and will involve a component of capacity building.