Formation of CERCA

About the CERCA


As a response to the air pollution quasi-emergency, IIT Delhi has set up the Center of Excellence for Research on Clean Air (CERCA). The mission of CERCA is to promote scientific research on clean air issues and provide sustainable solutions to the problem of air pollution. CERCA was inaugurated at IIT Delhi on 16th February 2018 by the Honorable Lt Governor of Delhi, Shri Anil Baijal and has been set up with the help of Shri Arun Duggal who has previously worked with Bank of America as a banker, and is also a former chairman of Shriram Capital.

As a response to this quasi-emergency, IIT Delhi has set up the Center of Excellence for Research on Clean Air (CERCA). The mission of CERCA is to promote scientific research on clean air issues and provide sustainable solutions to the problem of air pollution. CERCA was inaugurated at IIT Delhi on 16th February 2018 by the Honorable Lt Governor of Delhi, Shri Anil Baijal and has been set up with the help of Shri Arun Duggal who has previously worked with Bank of America as a banker, and is also a former chairman of Shriram Capital.

The Center will be a platform for multidisciplinary research projects by the faculty of IIT Delhi especially focused on clean air issues in the Delhi and NCR region. Besides providing scientific information to policy makers this will also give feedback on the effectiveness of various pollution management programmes. The Center will also seek to collaborate with the industry on clean air equipment and emission reduction initiatives. The initial research activities will focus on assessment and prediction of the air quality and pollution reduction programs in India as well as China, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom.