Tata Motors has signed an MoU with the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Tiruchirappalli, for the introduction of innovative programs in education and research. Taking their first steps towards a long journey of technological collaboration, both entities will be working in areas of mutual interest, with an aim to cater to the future engineering needs of the industry and academia.
Under the MoU, which covers a five-year period, will see joint R&D projects also being undertaken towards the development of new technologies in various engineering domains. The signing of the MoU was conducted in the presence of Gajendra Chandel, chief human resource officer, Tata Motors, and Dr Mini Shaji Thomas, director, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Tiruchirappalli.
Tata Motors’ Gajendra Chandel said, “With rapid changes in the automotive industry, there are several factors influencing the sector: digitalisation, sustainability, and efficiency, playing an integral part in the automotive sector. Tata Motors is in an endeavour to become the trendsetter in technologies such as automated and autonomous driving, smart infotainment and lightweight design. This means we move from just concept ideas into mainstream reality and this is where our talent makes a difference. Our multi-dimensional partnership with NIT Tiruchirappalli will help us bridge the gap between academic excellence and business requirements, to create an industry ready workforce.”
He added, “This MoU will help us bolster our competitive edge and develop next-gen engineering skills, not only within the company but also that of our academic partners with proficient faculties, in line with our vision & mission to create a future ready organization.”
Speaking on the occasion, NIT’s Dr Mini Shaji Thomas said, “We are excited about partnering with Tata Motors to collaborate in pioneering engineering technology for mobility. The association will enable joint research in key areas, which will feed into the future products of Tata Motors, as well as allow for advanced training of students to get hands-on experience during live projects. The exposure would also help the faculty and students align to the latest industry practices and hone their skills in accordance with the evolving requirements of the industry. We see the program as an opportunity for us to develop a talent pool that would have an edge, equipped with advanced knowledge and ready to join the workforce.”
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