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VISION AND MISSION

VISION AND MISSION

Vision: 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.

Mission: 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.

HEALTH

PKC Coordinators:
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.

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GREEN COVERAGE, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

GREEN COVERAGE, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

PKC Coordinators: 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.

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ELECTRIC AND SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

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.

CAPACITY BUILDING

CAPACITY BUILDING

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.

BIG DATA AND AI

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.

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