The Coir Board has signed a protocol with IIT(Indian Institute of Technology) Madras to establish a 'Centre of Excellence' for the use of Coir application immensely.
This very agreement was signed on Thursday
The CoE shall work in the area of developing relevant technology, monitor research projects and mentor Coir Board’s research institutes and laboratories. It will also assist in generating the Intellectual Property Rights and technology transfer.
About the Coir Research
IIT Madras had validated the research work undertaken by the coir board and other agencies in India on Coir Geo-Textiles (CGT)
The use of CGT in the low volume rural roads as a re-enforcement material for prevention of soil erosion in slopes, river embankments, mine slopes was thus recommended by the Institute
The research work shall further go on with the help of experts in IIT Madras as aimed by the CEO. Financial assistance of 5 Crores shall be provided by the Coir board for the initial two years for the establishment and smooth running of the Centre of Excellence
The Centre will work in 27 areas of Research and Development needs of the coir industry. The centre will also work for ten in-house projects of IIT Madras in machinery development and road projects.