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India-UK Joint Team wins Newton-Bhabha Fund

Published on March 15, 2018
The joint team of India and United Kingdom has won the Newton-Bhabha Fund for the project called "Groundwater Arsenic Research in Ganga River Basin.

India-UK Joint Team wins Newton-Bhabha Fund

About the Project

The project is jointly undertaken by India's Department of Science and Technology along with the Natural Environment Research Council of UK. The research was focused on finding solutions to water challenges faced in pervasively arsenic-affected Ganga River Basin.
The project aims at assessing the problem of arsenic poisoning can get aggravated in the next 25 to 30 years and influence groundwater management practices and suggest water remedial technologies accordingly.
The project to be conducted from three sites - Bijnor and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Nadia in West Bengal.

Members of the team


  • The Indian team has the representatives of the IIT Kharagpur, the National Institute of Hydrology, the IIT Roorkee and the Mahavir Cancer Sansthan and Research Centre of Patna
  • The team of UK  consists of representatives of the University of Manchester, the British Geological Survey, the University of Salford and the University of Birmingham.
  • Prof Abhijit Mukherjee of IIT-KGP's Department of Geology and Geophysics and School of Environmental Science and Engineering is heading the project at IIT-KGP.

What is Newton Bhabha Fund?

It is a fund provided by British Council and it focuses on bringing together the UN and Indian
scientific research and innovation sectors to find joint solutions to the challenges facing India in economic development and social welfare. . The scheme is part of the UK’s £375 million Newton Fund to support science and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging powers.
In India, the Fund is worth £50 million over five years and is supported by the UK and Indian governments through a ministerial agreement.

Expected Questions

The joint team of India and United Kingdom has won the Newton-Bhabha Fund for the project called "Groundwater Arsenic Research in 
a. Krishna River Basin
b. Ganga River Basin
c. Godavari River Basin
d. Indus River Basin
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