Leeds University, UK and Kerala’s TKM College of Engineering hosted ‘Rebuilding a Resilient Kerala after the Floods’ a two-day international workshop in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
The workshop brought academics, people from various industries, and government agencies together where stakeholders from both countries jointly identified the challenges of reconstruction of critical and civil infrastructure, building capability to cope with any future floods due to climate changes, land use planning for a sustainable and resilient society and, educating the next generation of engineers.
Eminent experts from the UK and India for the research paper presentations included Shaarad Sharma, Royal Academy of Engineering, Dr P.A. Muhammed Basheer, University of Leeds, Dr K.P. Sudheer, IIT Madras and Dr P.P. Mujumdar, IISc Bangalore.
The workshop was co-hosted by the Kerala State Planning Board, Government of Kerala and the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) under the aegis of the Newton-Bhabha Fund to support the UK-India bilateral science and innovation collaboration.
Deputy High Commissioner Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford said, “I’m delighted that the jointly funded UK-India Newton-Bhabha Fund has been able to support such a vital discussion in Trivandrum to help rebuild a resilient post-flood Kerala.
“The Newton-Bhabha Fund has supported 61 projects and grants in Kerala in sectors like public health and wellbeing, sustainable cities and urbanisation, energy-water-food, big data, advanced manufacturing and skills.”