Hyderabad: The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay popularly known as IIT Bombay has joined hands with the Swiss based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction to champion the use of sustainable construction practices in India. Under the agreement, IIT Bombay has become the Partner University of Holcim Foundation for the region of Asia Pacific.
IIT Bombay is recognised as one of India’s premier technical institutes and also as a centre of excellence in higher education and research activities. As Partner University, IIT Bombay provides technical competence in this area to Holcim Foundation, will host the regional jury for the USD 2 million Holcim Awards competition in 2011, and will also host the 4th international Holcim Forum (symposium) for sustainable construction in 2013.
With this agreement, IIT Bombay joins a list of the world’s leading technical universities, which act as dynamic partners of the Holcim Foundation including the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA), Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA, Mexico) and Ecole Supérieure d’Architecture de Casablanca (EAC, Morocco).
About Holcim Awards: Global Competition for Sustainable Construction Projects
The Holcim Awards is a series of competitions of the Holcim Foundation that celebrates innovative, future-oriented and tangible sustainable construction projects from around the globe. The competition provides total prize money of USD 2 million per three year cycle. The 3rd Holcim Awards remains open to register entries until 23rd March 2011, inviting architects, engineers and other specialists in the construction industry to submit projects that meet the challenges of sustainable construction. There is also a “Next Generation” (student category) specifically for final year students at Bachelor level and above (including Masters and PhD). Entries in the competition may be submitted online to www.holcimawards.org.