Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur launched India's first bio-energy centre on Tuesday for undertaking research, teaching and technological implementation of conventional and non-conventional energy. It was mentioned that the P.K. Sinha Centre for Bio-Energy aimed to create an industry consortium to engage in industrial research. It is with support of IIT alumnus Prabhakant Sinha, who pledged INR 10 crore for the centre, that the centre has come into existence.
Sinha, Founder and Co-Chairman of ZS Associates, told that once the industry consortium came into being, the captains of the industry will pay regular fees and share knowledge through regular seminars and conferences. The centre is to support in reduction of the carbon footprint and enhancing the income of villagers and rural communities. The centre has already collaborated with University of California, Berkeley, for research partnership.