Jodhpur City Knowledge and Innovation Foundation (JCKIF) and Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur (IITJ) are jointly organizing a platform for ongoing projects of Technology Intervention for Sustainable Water Source and Digital Craft for Livelihood from 24th to 26th September 2022, 10 AM to 5 PM at IITJ Campus.

Jodhpur City Knowledge and Innovation Foundation (JCKIF), is promoted by Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur (IITJ) and is an initiative of the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.

JCKIF and IITJ jointly organised “UDBHAAS - JAL AUR JEEVAN” from 24th to 26th September 2022 in IITJ Campus to showcase the ongoing work related to technology interventions for sustainable-water source and craft for livelihood.

Union Minister of Jal Sakthi, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat inaugurated ‘UDBHAAS- Jal aur Jeevan’ on 24th September 2022 in the presence of Prof. Santanu Chaudhury, Director IITJ, Prof. S. R Vadera, Deputy Director, IITJ, Dr. G. S Toteja, CEO, JCKIF and also inaugurated the ‘Center for Sustainable Drinking Water’, ‘Dharohar – Phygital Craft Museum’ and ‘Handicraft Exhibition’.

The noticeable dignities were Dr. O.P Yadav, Director, CAZRI, Prof.G.H.S Prasad, Director NIFT Jodhpur, Dr. Dilip Kachhawa, Principal (SNMC), Jodhpur, representatives from AFRI, DRDO Lab, etc.

JJM-Professor Chair and “Centre for Sustainable Drinking Water” under the Jal Jeevan Mission with the support of Jal Shakti ministry, has been set up. An array of technologies and outreach activities of the centre which addresses the water related issues in Jodhpur city was presented. Project Craft being one of the six verticals of JCKIF, is particularly significant for Jodhpur as a historical and contemporary site for various craft-based traditions. With an objective to support the unorganised sector of artisans from in and around of Jodhpur, a Craft Exhibition was organised at IIT Jodhpur campus. Over 40 artisans displayed their products from different domains like Bone & Horn, leather, tie & dye, salawaas durri, block printing, pottery, wood & metal craft, applique, Usta painting, glass crafts.

Dharohar- Phygital Craft Museum has been established in the IIT Jodhpur campus. This acts an interface between the physical and virtual world.

The Hon'ble Union Minister visited “Center for Sustainable Drinking Water Development” and interacted with the team and discussed the water related issues in Jodhpur. He visited Craft Exhibition, interacted with local artisans from Jodhpur, Bikaner, barmer and appreciated their work. He also visited ‘ Dharohar- Pyigital Craft Museum

On the second day of the event Maharaja of Jodhpur, HH Raja GhajSingh Ji visited IIT Jodhpur campus and appreciated JCKIF and IIT for organizing UDBHAAS- Jal Aur Jeevan. Later he visited the Craft exhibition and Craft Museum. Prof Santanu Chaudhury and Prof. P. K Tewari, Chairman JJM- Professor Chair and his team explained to HH Raja GhajSingh Ji about the technological interventions in sustainable drinking water sources.

Project Craft dedicated to the protection, preservation and promotion of indigenous craft and craftsmen, organized a talk series and a hackathon competition under the supervision of Dr. Sankalp Pratap, PI of Project Craft, Dr Rajendra Nagar, Co-PI and Prof. Nimish Vohra to spur innovation, entrepreneurship and livelihood incubation in the area of craft. Several students from IIT Jodhpur, NIFT Jodhpur and FDDI Jodhpur had participated in the hackathon.

On the third day a sample of video clip which was made to virtualize the articrafts using AR/VR technology was shown to the artisans and also discussion session took place. Thousands of people visited craft exhibition, appreciated the workmanship of artisans and supported the unorganized sector of artisans.

The event was organised under the overall direction of Prof. Santanu Chaudhury, Director IITJ and overall supervision of Prof. S R Vadera, Deputy Director, IITJ and Dr. G S Toteja, CEO, JCKIF with support from Prof. P K Tewari, Dr. Sankalp Pratap, Dr. Ragendra Nagar, Mr. Nimish Vohra, and JCKIF staff Ms. Kushi, Dr. Prathibha Peshwa Swami, Dr. Ravi Bandari, Dr. Manasi Mukherjee, Ms. P. Urmila, Mr. Balbir Prajapat, Mr. Keshar Singh, Mr. Hardev Singh, and Ms. Supreet Kaur.