AICTE to set up centres for research in top institutions

Investment to be shared between the council and its industry partner

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is formulating an ambitious programme to set up centres for academic research in some of the top technical institutions in the country in partnership with corporate houses and industries.

The move, initiated by the technical education regulator, aims at giving boost to industrial research activities in the country, in the face of the criticism from various quarters that India lags far behind in such endeavours compared to many developed countries, sources in the council said.

To implement the programme, the AICTE will identify 50 “top” technical institutions in the country. A methodology and parameters to identify those 50 institutes is being worked out. At the same time, the council will also look for partnership with corporate houses and industries for setting up of research centres which will provide a suitable environment and opportunity to both scholars and students to undertake research projects in the field of their choice.

Often accused of showing step-motherly attitude towards indigenous research, the Indian Inc may be able to bridge some of the gaps if the AICTE-spearheaded research programmes takes off as per the plans, which includes technical institutes providing support infrastructure and space to the private partner in implementation of specific projects, which are of value to the industry.

Funds

“Funds towards setting up of such centres will be shared by the AICTE and its industry partner under a ratio which is being worked out,” according to sources.

Several institutes of higher education have already created industry-academia partnership cells in their respective campuses to promote research and development activities, which benefits each of the stakeholders involved.

Giving an example, sources said the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, is already realising the benefits of closer industry-institute collaboration on research work they undertake.

“Some of the corporate houses and industries are quite enthusiastic about it,” sources said but chose not to take name of such establishments “at this stage.”

Keenly interested

Several government organisations and public sector units are also keenly interested in tapping the “talents” available in technical institutions in the country for carrying out a dedicated research and development activities that will not only benefit them but research scholars, faculties and students also, they added.

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