SPEED Launches Competition Geared at Addressing Air Pollution in India

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Inspired by the New York Time’s Article, Holding your Breath in India, the Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED) will be launching the “Swach Bharat” ki Swach Hawa, Engineering Towards a Cleaner India, competition at the upcoming Indian Engineering Deans Council Summit at the end of July. The competition will run through January 2016 and is geared at students to use the PBL approach to addressing the air pollution problem in India. The details below are from the publicity published by SPEED. For more details, please contact Rohit Kandakatla.


“Swach Bharat” ki Swach Hawa

Engineering towards a cleaner India

On November 29th, 2015, The New York Times published an article “ Holding your breath in India” regarding the catastrophic consequences of air pollution in New Delhi. (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/opinion/sunday/holding-your-breath-in-…).  Even though the article  focused on New Delhi, almost all big cities across the country are falling victim to the problem of air pollution.

The government of India and many private organizations have taken up initiatives to tackle this issue, but a big resource that we are yet to take advantage of is the large number of engineers in India. 1.5 Million engineers graduate every year in India. The competition that we are proposing  aims at providing engineering students a platform to contribute to reducing air pollution in India through implementation of innovative idea’s using technology. In addition to solving one of the biggest problems ailing the Indian society, this will also provide an opportunity for the students to have hands on experience in service learning via the pedagogical practice of problem-based learning (PBL). PBL is widely used all over the world to engage students in learning engineering skills more efficiently. Through this competition, we would like engineers to realize that they have a larger role in the community, particularly in addressing the grand challenges of engineering.