It aims to implement best technologies of Israel in a tailor-made context for the Indian requirements and pilot sustainable technologies to ensure water security for the country.
The Government of Israel is partnering with India through the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) to establish an ‘India – Israel Center of Water Technology’ (CoWT) in Water Resources Management and Water Technologies at IIT Madras.
A letter of Intent was signed at New Delhi on 9th May 2023 by Mr. Manoj Joshi, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras and Naor Gilon, Ambassador of Israel to India, in presence of S. Jaishankar and Mr. Eli Cohen, Hon’ble External Affairs Ministers of India and Israel, respectively, in the presence of Prof. T. Pradeep, Institute Professor, IIT Madras.
The two Governments also intend to jointly identify specific projects relating to integrated water resources management, Urban water supply and non-revenue water, water and sewage recycling, IoT solution and online monitoring, water harvesting, smart data management and AI, among other areas, with the objective of demonstrating most advanced technologies in the field.
Israel, a strategic partner to India, is a global leader in Integrated Water Resources Management. The MoHUA will collaborate with MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, to establish this new centre, which will be located at IIT Madras.
A key objective of this new centre would be to ensure the implementation of Israel’s best technologies being practised in a tailor-made context for the Indian requirements and work on sustainable management solutions for the Indian water sector.
Speaking about this partnership between India and Israel, Dr. Lior Asaf, Water Attache, Embassy of Israel said, “The partnership with IIT Madras is very important and with our partners in Central Government (AMRUT) and IITM, we will jointly work for better management of Water Resources of India. This will be done with a focus on introduction of new state of art Israeli technology and know-how in a more sustainable manner.”
This upcoming Centre will help the ‘AMRUT’ Mission of the MoHUA for achieving its overall targets. In addition, it will pursue joint activities for implementing technological solutions through separate agreements.