The Automation Industry Association has tied up with IIT Madras to enhance research projects in the field of industrial automation. It is eyeing a similar tie-up with IIT Mumbai.
The institute has set up a Centre of Excellence in Industrial Automation at its campus. The collaboration will enable the institute to get industry inputs in developing curriculum and a modern lab, and formulate industry-relevant and need-based research projects, said the association’s president, K. Nandakumar. The centre has been set up by the institute’s Design Engineering Department, he said.
Each participating member company of AIA will bring a ‘mentor’ and a subject matter (or domain) expert. There will be joint development of curriculum, research projects, individual technology demonstrations, and training workshops under the agreement. The idea is to infuse contemporary technology and content into the educational system.
Leading players in the field of automation, such as B&R Automation, Larsen & Toubro Control and Automation and Siemens Ltd , have announced immediate participation in the project with their technologies, said Nandakumar, who is also the chairman and managing director of the Mumbai-based Chemtrols Industries Ltd. The association is a forum for all automation companies in India spreading knowledge and creating awareness.
To begin with, the centre will focus on factory automation, which is easy to start, and later move on to process automation. About 20 students will be in the first batch, which is likely to commence in the next couple of weeks, he told Business Line.
With automation pervasive in the manufacturing sector, there will be greater demand for ‘skilled manpower’ in automation. The centre will prepare students at the post-graduate level to be readily absorbed by the industry, he said.