NHAI & IITs Collaboration for Highway Infra
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) said it will partner with institutes like Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) for improving road infrastructure ecosystem. The objective is to leverage the intellectual prudence of students and faculty towards improvement of road infrastructure ecosystem of the country.
In its endeavour to provide world-class National Highways (NH) network, NHAI has approached all IITs, National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and reputed engineering colleges to collaborate and adopt nearby stretches of NH, on voluntary basis, as part of Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR).
The institutes along with its faculty and students have better appreciation of local requirement, topography, resource potential, among others, and these vital inputs can be utilised by NHAI.
This decentralised approach, besides building a sense of participation in decision making, also provides an opportunity to the students for hands-on-learning, option for internship and future areas of research, NHAI said.
Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) are being signed between the individual institutes and NHAI for institutionalization of the scheme and bring reformative improvements in the road infrastructure of the country.