India`s Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Micro Small & Medium Enterprises said that the transport sector in the country is transforming rapidly with the growing use of bio-fuels in all kinds of vehicles.

While delivering the plenary address at a three-day virtual Conference of BRICS Network Universities based on the theme of electric mobility, he also added that the country has also made a lot of progress about low-cost battery technology. It is not only good for sustainability and the environment but also the economy as it will open up new livelihoods in the country.

The conference was inaugurated at IIT Bombay on June 16, 2021, and was a part of the engagements that India is hosting under the education stream during its Chairship of the 13th BRICS Summit this year. IIT Bombay is the lead institution of India for the BRICS Network University.

Eighteen experts from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and S. Africa discussed the distinct aspects of electric mobility like traffic management, hydrogen technology, hybrid vehicles, lithium-ion batteries, and linkage between e-mobility and livelihoods for three days.

Over 100 students, researchers, and faculty from the BRICS Network Universities of the five-member countries participated in the conference.

Shri Nitin Gadkari also urged the IITs in the country to dig deeper and further research innovative technology to bring a revolution in e-mobility. He also called for research cooperation among the BRICS countries in this sector.

Secretary, Higher Education, Amit Khare expressed hope that the interactions between the best minds from the BRICS countries will benefit each member country in their collective quest for sustainability and inclusive growth.

BRICS Network University is a union of higher education institutions of the five BRICS member countries, formed to enhance educational cooperation in general, and especially in the realm of research and innovation.