IIEST, Shibpur signs MOUs with leading industries at Rastrapati Bhavan
IIEST, Shibpur signed MOUs with leading Indian Industries in a function held at Rastrapati Bhavan on November 4, 2015. This was part of Visitor’s Annual Conference organized by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Out of a total of 25 MOUs signed with IITs, NITs, and other central universities, 6 were signed with IIEST, Shibpur.
BHEL will conduct research collaboration in solar energy and electrical power systems. MN Dastur, which is a consultancy firm, has already provided funds for hiring faculty in the School of Material Science at IIEST. Now they will give additional support to enhance material research activities. Emerging areas like polymer biomaterials and research on developing high performance steel is on the anvil.
Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd may start a new programme on naval architecture and ship-building in collaboration with IIEST after a nod from the HRD ministry and the governing board of the institute. Skybits Technologies, a software company, will provide skill development and make students industry ready in the computer science and IT engineering departments. "Sankalp Semiconductor, which was founded by an IIT-Kharagpur alumnus, is one of the top 100 global companies in IT and software. IIEST will improve in analog and VLSI design. The company will also assist the institute in innovating and designing electronic chips. BitChem is associated with developing innovative road material using new technology and science. They hold a number of patents in making green roads. Along with Central Road Research Institute and BitChem, IIEST plans to lay a stretch of road on campus by implementing new technologies. The companies will provide material and technical know-how," added the CII source.
Tata Steel, which has already set up three distinguished chair professors at the institute, may also join the league of companies in signing a new MoU with IIEST later. "Every year IITs enter into collaborations with prominent industry leaders. This year the President was keen to include NITs and IIEST. IIEST has the largest number of MoUs up for grabs," said a CII official. "If all collaborations work out well, then IIEST students will be flooded with internship opportunities and the companies will ensure that the students hone their skills to fit into the industry."
Source: Times of India and CII Communication