KOLKATA, 27 NOV: Research on the health impact due to climate change would be on the priority list of the researches taken up at the new research centre of the Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu) coming up in Rajarhat.
It should be noted that the health effects of climate change is a much debated topic and while a section of scientists say that outbreak of vector-borne and infectious diseases have increased over the years, climate skeptics have repeatedly denied any such possibility. There has hardly been any research on the topic.
Prof. Ajoy Roy, Vice-Chancellor of Besu, said that 11 acres land has been given to Besu for the development of an advanced research centre at the Rajarhat by HIDCO. The land was given to Besu close on the heels of Infosys deal of 50 acres land.
However, Prof. Roy said that 11 acres is not enough and they have requested the state government another 100 acres in and around Kolkata and another 22 acres near Shibpur in Howrah. The Shibpur campus would have graduate and post-graduate departments while the centre in Rajarhat would be for research purposes in the field of medical science and environmental studies.
According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), climate change is likely to have a greater impact on India compared to other countries similarly positioned.
A green technology business incubation centre is slated to come up soon at Besu. The centre would develop technology on renewable energy like solar and wind energy. Of the various researches undertaken in the green energy sector, the centre would also take up increasing the efficiency of the thin film solar cells.