DST iHub - AWaDH

Agriculture & Water Technology Development Hub

Indian Institute of Technology Ropar

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funds raised7Products developed
funds raised11Startups supported
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incubation program

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CPS outreach

CPS Outreach

We connect with the community with an array of activities.

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R & D Domains

The R & D focus of the hub consists:

Agriculture Automation & Information systems

Agriculture Automation & Information systems

The domain emphasises on sustainable data collection with affordable sensing infrastructure, data analysis with state of the art AI/ML methods, and distribution of the information with an adaptive human-computer interface for decision support and task automation.

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IoT Systems

IoT Systems

IoT is the backbone of most agriculture CPS systems. IoT prototypes do not automatically scale to large IoT systems. One should understand the problems associated with the system development processes before attempting to go from prototype to large scale systems. We aim to build scalable IoT solutions for management and tracking of agriculture products.

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Water Treatment & Management

Water Treatment & Management

Water treatment and management domain deals with the water quality assessment, treatment and management using IoT enabled nanobubble based advanced oxidation, aeration, aerobic digestion and dissolved air flotation unit in wastewater and comparing its performance with the existing methods.

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Water & Soil Assessment Processes

Water & Soil Assessment Processes

Water and Soil Quality Assessment Processes domain aims at developing and utilizing cyber physical system enabled tools to address environmental quality issues pertaining to agriculture and water domain that are of regional and national importance, including eco-friendly technologies for soil and groundwater contaminant remediation, impact assessment of natural and/or anthropogenic activities, and soil/water quality assessment.

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Stubble Management Systems & Urban Farming

Stubble Management Systems & Urban Farming

Stubble Management Systems and Urban Farming domain focus on the removal of stubble, post-harvest usage of waste created, urban farming and development of new machines for agriculture. The aim is to create novel and sustainable system for Indian continent with reuse of crop residues (such as bio-char development or paper making), and land resource development in urban areas (such as vertical farming, hydroponics, etc.).

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Nuclear Applications in Agriculture & Water

Nuclear Applications in Agriculture & Water

Nuclear application in agriculture and water aim to identify the sources of soil/water contamination by radioactive pollutants, determine the distributions of naturally occurring and artificially infused radioisotopes, and to develop advanced chemical/physical methods and techniques to remove the radio-contamination from the soil and water, and food irradiation for self life enhancement of agri products.

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Technology Verticals

We develope technology for the following sectors.

Food Processing IndustryFood Processing Industry
Rural DevelopmentRural Development
Skill Development & EntrepreneurshipSkill Development & Entrepreneurship
Textiles industryTextiles industry
Electronic and ITElectronic and IT
Fertilizer industryFertilizer industry
Food and Public DistributionFood and Public Distribution
Atomic EnergyAtomic Energy
NITI AayogNITI Aayog

News & Updates

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We put immense emphasis on promoting cutting edge research and development of high quality.


Online Internship Carnival

In the framework of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical System

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IIT Ropar Ties Up With Dassault Systemes To Support Online Internships

AWaDH has tied up with a firm named Dassault Systemes to support a eight-week long online internship carnival

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Dassault, IIT Ropar Jointly Offer Virtual Internship in Agriculture, Water Issues

Starting from May 24, the virtual internship will nurture 100 individuals across 20 teams. The winning teams from this program, will be offered paid internships for six months

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Dassault Systemes and IIT Ropar Join Hands to Drive Student Led Innovation and Research on Agriculture and Water

Dassault Systems has associated with IIT Ropar’s AWaDH to support the university’s Online Internship Carnival

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The #innovation hub approved by GOI at @iitrpr will help the #agriculture and water sector in the country by bringing solutions for stubble management, water quality improvement, mapping of hazardous substances in water, soil & their treatment. #NewIndia

Dr. Ramesh Pokharial 'Nishank'
Dr. Ramesh Pokharial 'Nishank'Education Minister, Government of India

For humankind, there is nothing more mattering than sustainable agriculture. The R & D efforts at AWaDH underline the emphasis on technology innovation in the agriculture & water domain. I am confident, AWaDH of IIT Ropar will redefine agriculture practices towards an evergreen revolution.

Prof. Rajeev Ahuja
Prof. Rajeev AhujaDirector - IIT Ropar

The establishment of AWaDH at IIT Ropar is the most incredible opportunity for technology innovations in region. I trust, AWaDH will promote academic cooperation among the institutions and set an example for other Hubs in the country to emulate.

Prof. Arun Grover
Prof. Arun GroverPresident - CRIKC (2012-18); former Vice-Chancellor, Punjab University

The iHub - AWaDH, through its pioneering and collaborative R & D initiatives, can transform the commercial use of Technology and Innovations in the domain of Agriculture & Water and greatly benefit the farmers of this region and the country as a whole.

J.M. Balamurugan
J.M. BalamuruganIAS, Principal Secretary to Governor of Punjab

Mission partners

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We partner with leading academic organizations, FPOs, startups, businesses, and philanthropists. Our partners include more than 200 FPOs, several research & academic institutions, and growing.

partners/csir csio
partners/pec chandigarh
partners/cdac mohali
partners/scratch nest
partners/tbi iit-ropar
partners/yes bank


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