Chhattisgarh Biofuel Development Authority (CBDA) and Indian Institute of Technology Bhilai (IIT Bhilai) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for academic and research cooperation in Biofuels & Bioenergy. The proposed collaboration will focus on (a) Extending mutual advice and support in planning and executing programmes promoting excellence in respective areas of academic and research interest towards development of biofuels i.e. advanced biofuels, drop-in-fuels, bio-ethanol, bio-CNG & biodiesel, various prospects of bioenergy and allied activities; (b) Sharing research facilities including the State level Bio-energy Research & Quality Assurance Laboratory of CBDA, library and scientific literature facilities, etc; (c) Exchanging students, faculty, researchers and academic, scholarly and technical information, materials, publications and expertise in the aforesaid areas; (d) Organizing joint workshops, seminars, and other academic meetings; (e) Encouraging joint research activities and projects, both national and international level, in the areas of mutual interests. Furthermore, the Parties shall discuss opportunities for collaboration to develop a framework within which this collaboration might be advanced for the benefit of the State.
Speaking on the occasion, hon’ble Chief Minister of the State of Chhattisgarh, Shri Bhupesh Baghel said that biofuel is a priority area for the state as it would empower the farmers to get higher income and help lowering the import bill on oil. While applauding the effort of CBDA and IIT Bhilai to sign up an agreement for collaborative research, he mentioned that it has a strong potential to lead the progressive development of biofuel and related areas in the state”. Professor Rajat Moona, Director, IIT Bhilai, expressed happiness on working with CBDA for the benefit of the state of Chhattisgarh. He further elaborated, “This association will facilitate collaborative research programmes for developing technologies and products in the areas of Biofuels & Bioenergy which is priority area for the state and country in general”.