The Indian Army’s ongoing quest for ‘Winning India’s Wars with Indian Solutions’, achieved another major milestone as a team led by Lt Gen Subrata Saha Dy Chief of the Army Staff signed a MoU with IIT Madras on Tuesday.
The MoU, signed jointly by Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Director IIT Madras and Lt Gen Saha forms the framework for Technological collaboration and setting up a Research Cell within IIT Madras for focused application of scientific solutions to the Army’s Problems in the field.
This is the fourth MOU after IIT 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 18 Army-Industry bilateral interactive sessions have been held with close to 1900 entities in attendance (that included large, medium, small, MSMEs and start-ups).
In addition ten 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.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Dir IIT Madras welcomed the initiative and stated that a strong sense of excitement was noticeable in his faculty and student community for working with the Indian Army.
He said that the IIT Madras had been working in the past on specific projects for the Army, this MoU would allow this interaction to be much more vibrant and dynamic.
Being one of the oldest well diversified Institute, IIT Madras has a strong presence in basic, applied and transnational research and a strong network of alumini entrepreneurs to address problems through customized solutions.
The DCOAS presented a copy of the First Volume of Compendium of Problem Statements to the Director IITM. The Compendium was released by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 5 December last year.
Appreciating the enthusiasm of the Institutions of Technological excellence the DCOAS spoke about the field visits undertaken in June 2016 by a group of Professors, Ph D Scholars and Industrialists to forward locations in Kashmir valley followed by the Sikkim Sector in November last year and Rajasthan and Rann of Kutch last month.
After all these field visits the Professors and Scholars are coming up with some good solutions and ideas. The Army delegation was sanguine that ample opportunity exists to tap technology in the ongoing proxy war and conventional operations.
He admired the efforts of the IITs and highlighted the overarching pan IIT IMPRINT Pgme being steered by IITM, which had generated considerable interest in the Indian Army. He further stated that the signing of the MoU would give further depth to the Army’s engagement with the Academia and hoped that the initiative would gain critical mass in the near future.