Multidimensional Technological Innovations for Water-Linked Health & Wellness Agenda

A Bilateral Purdue – India Engagement Conference
IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal, India

(March 4-6, 2013)
Venue: Conference Room of Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law

Sunday, March 3rd

All Day Informal get together – Mixer
Dinnertime Dinner –  IIT KGP – Location to be determined

Monday, March 4th

8:30 AM Welcome (Introduction of the organizing committees; participants from Purdue and India)
8:30 - 9:30 AM Remarks from Dean (SRIC) – IIT; Dr. Garimella - Assoc. VP/Purdue.
9:30 - 9:45 AM Water-linked Health and Wellness – A systems perspective – Suranjan.
9:45 - 10:45 AM Water quality issues: Ron Turco (Purdue) and R K Panda (IIT).
Water quality issues: Pesticide, heavy metal, pathogen contamination in water, pollution, current research activities, and future needs and challenges, how they affect human health and wellness.

  • Challenges in current sampling strategies; Ron Turco, Purdue.
  • Water quality issues and challenges – perspectives from India (Orissa and WestBengal); R. K. Panda, IIT.
  • Human health concern of drinking water chemical contaminants; Jennifer Freeman, Purdue.
  • Water Quality Issues – UNICEF perspective; Shyam Dave, UNICEF.
10:45 - 11:15 AM Tea break
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Panel and group discussions
12:15 - 1:45 PM Lunch
1:45 – 3:00 PM Water Resources Management Issues: S N Panda (IIT) and V. Merwade (Purdue).
Water resources management issues: Water resources management, climate change, monsoon pattern and flood, future water needs, water conservation and health issues.

  • Managing water resources for sustainable natural resources; S. N. Panda, IIT.
  • Flooding and sustainable water resources management; V. Merwade, Purdue.
  • Water Resources Management using Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques; M. Behera, IIT.
  • Water Resources Issues – Perspectives from Orissa; S. K. Pattnaik, Odisha.
  • Water, Health and Sanitation: Reflection from the Field; Ranjan Panda, NGO.
3:00 - 3:30 PM Tea break
3:30 - 4:30 PM Group discussion and participation
Group discussion – open brain storming – six hat method; Water quality and management issues – linked to health and wellness – status, needs, road blocks, and opportunities
4:30 PM Visit of departments and facilities at IIT
7:30 PM Dinner

Tuesday, March 5th

8:00 - 8:15 AM Assoc. Dean and Department Head – Purdue
8:15 - 9:15 AM Social, economical, and consumer issues: L. Acharya and Nicole Olynk Widmar (Purdue)
(Social, cultural, gender and equity issues, consumer behavior; challenges, needs).

  • Addressing Water and Health Issues through Consumer Participation: Challenges and Opportunities; L. Acharya, Purdue.
  • Integrating Economic Tradeoffs of Household Water Expenditure; Nicole Widmar, Purdue.
  • WASH Communication Challenges in Media Dark Areas – Social and Gender Issues; Mrs. Tripathi, UNICEF
9:15 - 10 AM Group discussion
10:00 - 10:30 AM Tea break
10:30 - 11:15 AM Sensors, information technology and health and wellness issues: Suranjan Panigrahi (Purdue) and Koel Chaudhury (IIT)
Sensors, information technology, health and wellness issues: monitoring systems for detection, prevention, and management; cell-phone based tools or systems; alert system, future needs, related health and wellness issues.

  • Water-linked Health and Wellness Issues – The Role of Sensor and Information Technologies; S. Panigrahi, Purdue.
  • Adverse Effect of Water Contamination on Pregnancy Outcome; Koel Chaudhury, IIT.
  • Maternal Health and Water- A Physician's Perspective; S. Misra, M.D.
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Group discussion
12:15 - 1:45 PM Lunch
1:45 - 2:15 PM Technology Transfer, policy and commercialization: Elizabeth Hart-Wells (Purdue) and K. Raju (IIT)
Technology Transfer, innovation, and commercialization: Funding opportunities and prioritizations; intellectual property and technology transfer; applicable policies and laws; involvement of small scale and local business for technology transfer; collaborations with NGOs, governmental and local organizations in technology transfer, diffusion of technologies; communication campaign for sustainable adaptation.

  • Pathways of technological development and transfer – US perspective; Elizabeth Hart-Wells, Purdue.
  • Intellectual property systems and water policies – Indian perspective; K. Raju – IIT.
2:15 - 2:45 PM Group discussion- Technology transfer issue, policies, technology diffusion, role of different stakeholders.
2:45 - 3:15 PM Tea Break
3:15 - 4:00 PM Educational Corner: Group discussion
joint offering of courses; informal learning and collaboration, research collaborations; joint offering of courses; roadblocks; student and faculty exchange.
4 - 6 PM Visit of facilities and interactions
6 PM Group Dinner

Wednesday, March 6th

8:00 – 10 AM group meeting – to summarize the opportunities collaborations, funding opportunities, faculty and student exchange; Partnership of NGOs, UNICEF and stakeholders.
10 AM on wards: visit to different departments and meeting with faculty, staff and students; open meeting; Possible visit to field for stakeholders interaction.
12 noon Lunch break
1:30 PM Possible visit to field for stakeholders interaction.
Meeting adjourned by late afternoon.