Chennai: Rolls-Royce, one of the world’s leading industrial technology companies, is collaborating with Indian Institute of Technology Madras to promote and explore opportunities for joint research programs. Rolls-Royce will also roll-out a ‘Technical Higher Study Framework’ to facilitate higher education for its engineers, in partnership with IIT Madras.
An MoU on this collaboration was signed by Mr. Jayaram Balasubrahmanyan, Head of Engineering, Rolls-Royce India and Prof V. Kamakoti, Associate Dean (Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research), IIT Madras, in the presence of Mr. Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce India and South Asia and Prof Krishnan Balasubramanian, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras.
Speaking about this collaboration, Mr Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce India and South Asia, said, “The association with IIT Madras is another step in our efforts to promote collaborative research programs with like-minded partners in India. We look forward to exploring areas where we can co-develop technological solutions. At the same time, we are keen to leverage this collaboration with a premier technology institute like IIT Madras to promote upskilling and professional development of our engineering talent, and facilitate higher education and research in areas of strategic interest.”
Highlighting the impact of this collaboration, Prof V. Kamakoti, Associate Dean (ICSR), said, “The interaction with Rolls-Royce will certainly induce multi-faceted interdisciplinary technology exploration involving the diverse specializations available at IIT Madras and mapping them into specific application areas of high practical value.”
As part of the MoU, Rolls-Royce and IIT Madras will also aim to pursue advanced research in areas of relevance to future technological and programmatic needs of the company.
In addition, as part of its Technical Higher Study Framework, Rolls-Royce will sponsor select employees keen to pursue Masters and PhD level studies, in partnership with IIT Madras. To qualify for the program, employees must first clear the IIT Madras selection process, and their topic should be aligned with Rolls-Royce strategic research priorities and capabilities.
The program is open to all permanent employees at the Rolls-Royce Engineering Centre in Bengaluru who have completed 36 months of service with the company. The initiative is in line with the company’s efforts to promote growth and career progression for its engineering talent.