Taking another step towards its vision of “Wining Indian Wars With Indian Solutions”, the Indian Army signed a Memorandum of Understanding with India’s premier institution –Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay for collaboration on research for futuristic requirements of the Army and determining solutions for various problems.
The MoU was signed at a ceremony on IIT Bombay’s Powaii campus by Lt Gen Subrata Saha, UYSM, YSM, VSM** DCOAS on behalf of Army and Dr Devang Khakkar, Director IIT, Bombay.
The connect of Indian Army with the industry and academia is part of a bigger initiative spear headed by the Deputy Chief of Army Staff (P&S), Lt Gen. Subrata Saha. This initiative was started almost a year back and is called as “Modernization through Indigenisation’, a program to connect with domestic industry and academia across the country.
Speaking on the occasion Lt Gen Saha commended the path breaking research being carried out by IIT Bombay and the innovative solutions they had come up with after their field visits to Kashmir and Sikkim. It is significant to note here that for the first time, Lt Gen Saha took along teams from industry and academia to visit forward locations where the troops are deployed under tough conditions and are in need of solutions/equipments to overcome day to day challenges in their functioning.
Lt Gen Saha and his team have so far already conducted 17 bilateral Army-Industry and 8 trilateral Army–Industry– Academia interactions at various locations across the nation. In the bilateral interactions, Lt Gen Saha and his senior team of Brigadiers and Colonels interacted with and at all levels of the industry including top companies such as the Tatas, L&T, Bharat Forge, Mahindras’s and others to the mid-segment and the SME and MSME level companies.
Similarly in the 8 trilateral Army–Industry– Academia interactions, the Army involved premier institutions like IITs, IISc Bengaluru, DRDO, and the PSG Group Coimbatore.
During the signing of the MoU with IIT Bombay, Lt Gen Saha presented copies of the ‘Compendium of Problem Statements’ which was released by Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar on 5th December 2016, to the Director, IIT.
Some of the areas for potential collaboration discussed included electronic solutions for internal security, smart logistics, research in the areas of lighter composite materials, doctoral research in capability development, setting up research cell and initiation of long term research.
Director IIT, Bombay outlined the future course of this collaboration calling it an unprecedented and unique opportunity. All HoDs presented areas of current research they are engaged in and their possible applications for the Indian Army. A brief on the Army Design Bureau was given.