National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tata Motors Ltd. for introduction of innovative programmes in education and research. The initiative, which aims to bridge the gap between academia and developing an industry-ready talent pool, is said to be the first step towards a long journey of technological collaboration between the parties to the agreement.

The MoU, according to a release issued here today, envisages joint R&D projects over a period of five years for development of new technologies in various engineering domains.

Hands-on experience

Mini Shaji Thomas, Director, NIT, voiced his excitement about partnering with Tata Motors to collaborate in engineering technology for mobility. “This partnership would enable NIT students get hands-on experience in the current projects of Tata Motors. Besides students, NIT faculty would also benefit as it would help them understand the latest practices in the automobile industry and help hone the skill of students in accordance with the evolving requirements of the industry”

Gajendra Chandel, Chief Human Resources Officer, Tata Motors observed that the automotive industry in India is evolving continuously with rapid shift towards emerging technologies such as digital, big data, AI, AR, VR etc. which means taking connected vehicles, electric vehicles and driver-less vehicles from just concept ideas to mainstream reality.

“In conjunction with the changing market dynamics, we understand the need to articulate a clear roadmap for incubating a talented, competent, and innovative workforce. Through this MoU, we intend to have a multi-dimensional partnership with NIT-Trichy, which will help us bolster our competitive edge and develop next-gen engineering skills, not only within the company but also that of our academic partners with proficient faculty, in line with our vision and mission to create a future-ready organization.”

“This partnership will help bridge the gap between academic excellence and business requirements, to create an industry-ready workforce,”he added.