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MITWPU beating Air Pollution

Niti Aayog, MOEFCC, WHO and UNEP, all consider that Climate Change and Air pollution are the two sides of the same problem, which has now grown into an alarming proportion threatening the future of the youth and even the national security.

MIT-WPU, the first university in the world with unique Peace Studies Program celebrated the 5th June - World Environment Day 2019 in a unique, smart and futuristic way by installing the Air Quality Monitoring Station (AQMS) in its premises to measure Air Quality (PM2.5 and PM10). This is a research-based initiative of integrating Air Quality with health advisories under Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN), project of TERRE Policy Centre and technical support of Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM). Dr. Gufran Beig, Scientist G and Project Director SAFAR, IITM chaired the event and shared detailed insights on issues and preventive measures related to air pollution.

Along with that, Mobile App– 'AQI' developed by the students of the MIT-WPU was also launched. It displays online Air Quality Index on real time basis along with some critical messages for preventive and corrective actions. The team of students – Dheeraj Komandur, Aditya Khochare, Shebin Silvister, Uday More, Gaurav Sarawgi and Ashutosh Gugnani under the guidance of Dr. Krishna Warhade and Dr. Mangesh Bedekar of MIT-WPU decided to be good campus managers to address Air Pollution.

For MITWPU, World Environment Day also coincides with its Foundation day. On the same day in 2017, at the hands of Hon. Prakash Javadekar, Cabinet Minister of Government of India launched the transformation of MIT WPU campus into smart and sustainable campus under SCCN, a network that brings the global universities in partnership for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of United Nations.

Launch of AQMS in 2019 is yet another milestone in continuation of SCCN initiative for "Transforming the MIT-WPU campus into a SMART campus", being mentored by Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre and Former Director UNEP.

A comprehensive report on various measures/action taken in MIT-WPU campus in the year 2018 complying with the SDGs was also released as a part of SCCN activities. MIT World Peace University is committed to comply with all the United Nations SDGs and organizes various events for sensitizing youth on environment and ecology.

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