The National Institute of Technology, Delhi is set to join together with National Institute of Immunology, Delhi for collaborative research. The two institutions signed an MoU under which they have agreed to establish a programme for the academic co-operation in areas of mutual interest such as research activities, joint Ph.D. programmes, and exchange of students.
The MoU was signed by the director of IIT Delhi, Prof V Ramgopal Rao and the director of NII, Prof Amulya K Panda in the presence of senior functionaries from both the institutions. According to MoU signed, it will be valid for five years and will continue further after proper review and agreement.
As per the MoU signed the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi will conduct joint research by submitting joint research proposals to external funding agencies. Both the institutions will initiate schemes for carrying out collaborative research and will also jointly organize seminars, conferences, workshops and short term Continuing Education Programmes on topics of mutual interest. The institutions will also jointly propose and engage in research and training programmes sanctioned by funding agencies and will also invite the faculties of both the institutes to participate.
According to the MoU signed, IIT Delhi and NNI Delhi have also agreed to exchange faculty and students for a limited period of time on a reciprocal basis for the purpose of educations and research. Research candidates registered in either of the institutions will also be jointly guided for the doctoral or post-graduate programmes under joint supervision. The institutions will also utilize each other's research facilities.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof V Ramagopal Ral, Director, IIT Delhi said, “One of the objectives of this collaboration is to initiate 20 inter-disciplinary research projects between the faculty of IIT Delhi and Scientists from NII Delhi with seed money provided by both the institutions”. While Prof Amulya K Panda added, “I feel very happy to sign the MoU with IIT Delhi which is also my alma mater. The research and academic collaboration between the two institutions will lead to a very productive outcome and will be quite useful for the future generation.”
As per the MoU signed, both the institutions will appoint one member of their teaching/research faculty to coordinate the programme on their behalf. The coordinator will periodically review and identify ways to strengthen co-operation between the two institutions.
While the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi has a strong research base in engineering and technology and also has a state of the art facility for nanoscience fabrication material characterization, Artificial Intelligence, robotic medical devices, and biomaterial and functional textiles the National Institution of Immunology, Delhi has a strong research base in biological sciences, immunological research and diseases and a state of the art facility for one of the most advanced animal house and analytical/molecular biology research facility.