In an effort to promote applied research, development and ­academic work in the field of new and emerging ­aerospace technologies, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay), to ­establish a faculty chair (HAL Chair) at the institute.
Speaking about the ­collaboration, Prof Devang Khakhar, director, IIT Bombay, said “Both IIT Bombay and HAL have skilled scientific and ­technical personnel, who can conduct applied research and tackle multi-­disciplinary ­problems in the field of ­aerospace systems technology and its application.
The MoU will bring ­together both the ­organisations to ­perform academic and ­research-based activities for the promotion and ­development of new and breakthrough ­aerospace technologies in ­mutually identified areas.
The MoU was signed by Prof Ravi Sinha, dean (alumni and corporate relations), IIT Bombay and S Thenmozhi, general ­manager, HAL Hyderabad, in the presence of Prof Khakhar and chairman of HAL, Dr R K Tyagi.
“The Chair will initiate new academic programmes, ­identify research areas, ­provide ­technical consultancy to HAL and ­facilitate training ­programmes for HAL ­personnel,” said Dr Tyagi. The Chair will also facilitate holding of annual conferences where new ideas, innovations and technologies could be deliberated.
According to the ­MoU, the HAL Chair shall develop new academic programmes, identify and initiate specific research and development at IIT Bombay in the identified ­technical areas, provide technical consultancy to HAL, facilitate ­development of training programmes and ­training modules ­including mentoring/ coaching of HAL ­personnel for knowledge ­updation and capacity building.