CEPT University has created a vibrant environment of interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation focused on issues concerning human habitats. From supporting cities in Gujarat in their disaster relief and rehabilitation efforts after the 2001 earthquake to leading the preparation of the nomination dossier that led to the inscription of Ahmedabad as a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 2017, the University has actively engaged in research projects, advisory assignments and capacity building initiatives aimed at solving critical problems in the built environment and improving the quality of life in India’s towns and cities.
Through such research and consulting pursuits over the past two decades, our faculty members have made available their academic knowledge and expertise to external stakeholders including the government public sector bodies, communities and businesses. Traditionally individual faculty members led these research endeavors directly under the University administration. However, considering the growth of research engagements and the need for transparent and effective management of resources and knowledge base, the University needed a robust and independent entity to manage its research activities. The CEPT Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) was established in 2013 to better manage the University’s research and consulting activities. CRDF is recognized as a not-for-profit company established under Section 25 of the Companies Act 1956 and is wholly owned by CEPT University. CRDF operates with an independent board and is organized around specialist/specialised thematic centers.
Commitment to Sustainability
At CRDF, we have a strong focus on sustainability. Our centers have led impressive initiatives in areas of building energy performance, transport, and water and sanitation that have contributed to low-carbon urban development, responsible consumption, and more efficient management of natural resources.
CRDF is also an active partner in some of the world's most influential coalitions and forums such as the Global Cooling Prize, Sustainable Sanitation Alliance, ASHRAE, Global Water Partnership and Transport Research Board that focus on innovation in sustainable technology, policy and planning.
CRDF reassures its focus on projects safeguarding the environment and improving sustainability. The CRDF Environmental Safeguard Policy ensures compliance with all relevant environmental regulations. CRDF affirms its commitment to maintaining a clean and green environment and conservation of biodiversity. The policy also provides guidance to norms for environment-friendly decisions. CRDF strives to integrate sound environmental practices across its various Centers’ operations.
Organization and Governance
CRDF has an independent Governing Council with members drawn from the University’s Board of Management and chaired by the President of CEPT University. CRDF is organized under different thematic verticals identified as ‘Centers’, each focused on a specific area of study and research. Typically the Centers are overseen by a Faculty member of CEPT University and draw upon CEPT University’s resources and faculty members to carry out the research. The CRDF executive office sets the strategic direction and priorities for research and advisory activities with regard to expanding into new areas of inquiry, fostering partnerships and collaborations, and elevating capacities and systems to deliver high-quality outcomes. It supports the Centers in developing grant proposals and pursuing funding opportunities and also manages administrative and operational functions including accounting, financial reporting and managing information technology. CRDF also plays a central role in furthering internal and external communication, knowledge management and outreach.