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Jodhpur City Knowledge and Innovation Cluster

The proposal to set up the Jodhpur City Knowledge and Innovation Cluster (JCKIC) has been sanctioned by the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA), Government of India with a cost of Rs. 949.70 lakhs. The initial duration of the project will be three years. The Jodhpur City Knowledge and Innovation Cluster is one of the six such clusters being set up all over the country under the Aegis of the Office of PSA, Government of India. The office of JCKIC will be located at IIT Jodhpur. The project will be executed jointly by various R&D Institutes, Academic Institutes, Government Agencies and Industry of the city of Jodhpur, with IIT Jodhpur as the coordinating agency.


The main objective of the project JCKIC is to create a mechanism for coordinated exploitation of knowledge base, scientific expertise and resources available among a large pool of academic and R&D Institutions, government agencies and industry in Jodhpur to enable innovation for accelerated growth of local industry, to generate new initiatives in entrepreneurship and develop solutions of the critical problems of the city of Jodhpur and areas around. The main focus of the cluster will be to provide a necessary platform to create synergy between all the stakeholders to make use of available knowledge as well as to develop advanced technologies, creative skills, state of the art infrastructure and innovative environment in an organized manner so as to ensure sustainable and systematic development of city of Jodhpur. The centre will work towards effective intervention of knowledge, technology and innovation for the society at large and industry and governance in particular. Further, the cluster will provide a platform to the young entrepreneurs to work on their new and innovative ideas.


The initial focus of the JCKIC will be on the following:

  1. To provide innovation-driven impetus to Healthcare and Medical Technology industry in the city.
  2. To design and implement digital technologies for value addition to local handicrafts and handlooms.
  3. To develop and implement a prototype waste water management system dealing with pollution from the textile industry.
  4. To roll out an AI driven initiative for increasing efficiency of traffic and crime management system of the city of Jodhpur.
  5. To design and develop an integrated real time data management system for the city of Jodhpur, on top of forthcoming 5G network.


Through interactions with various stakeholders, work will be done to translate the innovation into usable products in the areas of Medical Technologies, Craft and Governance. Proposals for Common Facilities in the identified areas will be formulated for funding by appropriate funding agencies including various line ministries of Government of India and Government of Rajasthan. Large pool of facilities and expertise owned by the host agencies of the cluster, including academia, R&D, industries and government will also be exploited to the best possible extent by JCKIC.


The overall guidance to JCKIC will be provided by an Advisory Committee. The committee consists of a galaxy of renowned experts from Academia, Industry, R&D and Government from different parts of the Country. Senior functionaries of the participating institutes of the cluster will also be part of the Cluster Advisory Committee.