IIT Mumbai Collaborates with State for 'Mission Drone' Rollout

In a landmark stride towards embracing cutting-edge technology, the Department of Higher and Technical Education has forged a partnership with IIT Mumbai to lead the implementation of the 'Mission Drone' initiative across the state. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), witnessed by Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil, signifies a collaborative endeavor aimed at meticulously planning, executing, and establishing a comprehensive framework for this pioneering project.

The MoU, signed in the presence of key stakeholders including Professor Sachin Patwardhan, the founder of IIT Mumbai, and Principal Secretary Vikas Chandra Rastogi from the Department of Higher and Technical Education, underscores Mumbai IIT's pivotal role in driving the mission forward. Noteworthy attendees at the signing ceremony included MLA Vikram Kale, Director of Technical Education Dr. Vinod Mohitkar, and Director of Higher Education Dr. Shailendra Devlankar.

The 'Mission Drone' Project, allocated an estimated expenditure of Rs. 23,863.43 lakhs over five years, will see IIT Mumbai receive funding amounting to 15,181.71 lakhs. This financial support is poised to catalyze advancements across various sectors, harnessing drone technology for tasks such as crop inspection, field spraying, and the delivery of essential medicines and vaccines to remote regions.

The deployment of drones holds the promise of revolutionizing emergency response efforts, facilitating rapid deployment of video cameras and sound systems at accident sites. Furthermore, it is anticipated to streamline law enforcement activities, enhance traffic management, and bolster drought management efforts. The cost-effectiveness and efficiency of drone applications are poised to yield significant enhancements across diverse domains, ranging from agriculture to disaster response.

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