Indian Army Signs Its 5th MoU for collaborative research in Defence Technologies, this time with IIT Bhubaneshwar

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The Indian Army’s is aggressively moving ahead in its quest for ‘Winning India’s Wars with Indian Solutions’ and yet another major milestone was achieved by Indian Army, when a team led by Lt Gen Subrata Saha Dy Chief of the Army Staff signed a MoU, the fifth in the series, with IIT Bhubaneshwar on Thursday (March 16, 2017).

The MoU, signed jointly by Dr R V Rajkumar, Director IIT Bhubaneswar and Lt Gen Saha forms the framework for Technological collaboration for focused application of scientific solutions to the Army’s Problems in the field.

This is the fifth MOU after IIT Madras, Gandhinagar Mumbai and Kharagpur with which the Indian Army has signed in the recent past.

In the past one and a half years, the Indian Army has launched a major outreach program led by Lt Gen Saha to engage with the Industry and the Academia.

As many as 20 Army-Industry bilateral interactive sessions have been held with close to 2000 entities in attendance (that included large, medium, small, MSMEs and start-ups).

In addition 10 trilateral Academia-Industry-Army interactions have taken place with over 800 Professors and Scholars from IIT Bombay, Madras, Gandhinagar, Kharagpur, IISC Bangalore, PSG Coimbatore, Amrita University, Coimbatore, IIT Ropar and Bhubaneswar.

Alongside, in order to provide a first hand experience to the industry and academia on the issues faced by the Indian Army at forward locations, currently a group of Professors, Scholars and Industry representatives are visiting forward areas in Ladakh region from March 13 to 18, to get a first hand understanding of problems in the field requiring scientific and technological solutions.

The DCOAS presented a copy of the First Volume of Compendium of Problem Statements to the Director IITM. The Compendium was released by Ministry of Defence on 5 December last year.

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