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Environmental Issues Can't Be Solved Without Tech: Govt's Principal Scientific Adviser

DRIIV is an initiative to relate environmental issues with technological and innovative solutions by creating synergies between academic institutions, national & state research laboratories and other stakeholders like relevant ministries, industry partners, start-ups, MSMEs and international organisations

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Environmental issues such as waste management, water, security and air pollution cannot be solved without the application of technology, said Ajay Sood, Principal Scientific Adviser, Indian Government.

While speaking at an event, Sood said, "Technology alone could not solve these problems unless there is a collective effort of all the stakeholders be it local bodies, NGOs communities and corporates."

He also informed that the DRIIV team is engaged in activities where alongside public bodies and research facilities, private capital is also being mobilised under CSR funds towards environmental sustainability. 

‘‘I hope that DRIIV, with its community and academic experts, entrepreneurs and corporate partners, becomes a valuable resource in contributing towards various national missions as well as SDG goals as India presides over all the G-20,” said Sood.

Also, K Vijay Raghavan, Former Principal Scientific Adviser and Founder, DRIIV said that sustainable growth requires a focus on the commons and collaterals, the fact of the matter is there is no going back to some nativist past for addressing these environmental issues, we have to go to the future.

He added, ‘‘Our planet is at an extraordinary junction because we have eaten up this planet on such a scale and such a manner that ingenuity alone cannot save it."

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