India opens centre for sustainable development

Prominent Indian-American philanthropist and entrepreneur Kiran Patel has invested in a major new sustainable venture in India.

The Dr. Kiran C. Patel Centre for Sustainable Development in India at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar aims to help researchers, consult with industry, and teach students about water, pollution, waste management, energy, climate change and other issues, the Times of India reported.

“The single major challenge facing the next generation will be lack of clean air, natural resources and non-toxic environment,” Patel said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

“It is imperative that IITs of the world develop the intellectual capital to create a sustainable planet earth that can ensure the well-being of 10-plus billion people residing in this world in the coming decades.”

Born in Zambia but based in Florida, Patel is a cardiologist and insurance company owner who has donated more than $300 million to educational and other causes in the United States and India.

The new sustainable development centre will help Indians curb carbon emissions as their country becomes wealthier.

“Dr. Patel’s exceptional generosity for an institution with which he has no earlier connection touches us deeply and inspires us greatly,” said Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar Director Sudhir Jain in the Times.

“The gift will enable our faculty and students to work on developing practical solutions to major sustainability challenges through an integration of advanced research, traditional knowledge and field understanding.”

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