Chennai: Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) – Kancheepuram are going to collaborate in Research and Academics. The major highlights of this collaboration will be the initiative to allow top 10 per cent of B.Tech students at IIITDM Kancheepuram, after the completion of Sixth Semester, to seek admission for direct PhDs at IIT Madras. Such students can pursue seventh and eight semesters at IIT Madras.
A MoU on the Academic and Research Collaboration between the two institutes was signed at IIT Madras campus on 8th February 2018 by Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras and Prof. Banshidhar Majhi, Director, IIITDM – Kancheepuram, in the presence of Prof V. Jagadeesh Kumar, Dean (Academic Courses) and Prof. V. Kamakoti, Associate Dean (Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research (ICSR), IIT Madras.
Speaking about the importance of collaboration, Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, “As the mentor Institution of IIITDM when the Institute was founded, IIT Madras has always been closely associated with IIITDM, Kanchipuram. There has been an active interaction between the faculty members of two institutions. This MOU now enables greater interaction between the students as well.”
The Major Highlights of Collaboration between the Two Institutes include:
Ø Academic and Research collaboration,
Ø Exchange of Academic and Scholarly information, materials and publications,
Ø Exchange of students and faculty, and
Ø Sponsorship of cooperative seminars, workshops and other academic meetings.
Speaking about benefits to students, Prof. Banshidhar Majhi said, “My sincere thanks to the Director, IIT Madras, for having agreed to have an MoU with IIITDM, Kancheepuram which has been mentored by IIT Madras from its inception. The IIITDM students will have an opportunity to pursue their higher studies at IIT Madras and I am sure they will be motivated for an excellent career. In addition, the faculty of IIITDM will also have an opportunity to get research collaborations for sponsored projects and thesis supervision with the faculty of IIIT Madras. This MoU is expected to reinforce the collaboration and elevate IIITDM to the next level.”
IIITDM Kancheepuram is an Institute of National Importance for technical education and research established in 2007 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India to pursue design and manufacturing oriented engineering education and research and to promote the competitive advantage of Indian products in global markets. Students can credit courses in the other Institute and transfer credits, participate in research and projects without admission or tuition fees for maximum period of one year. The Credits in 1st year of PhD in IIT Madras equals the credits needed in fourth year of B.Tech. at IIITDM – Kancheepuram. The Credits will be transferred to IIITDM Kancheepuram to award B.Tech. degree.