The National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysuru and University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), USA, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Chicago in US.
The main objective of the MoU is to promote academic cooperation between these institutions with a focus on expanding scholarly ties and exploring the feasibility of establishing a framework for educational and scientific cooperation.
While preparing an overall framework, it was decided to consult faculty, departments and centres to explore mutually beneficial research, and community-based projects. The student and faculty exchanges are part of the MoU.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Giri Venkataramanan, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW-Madison, said NIE and UW-Madison would investigate outside funding research for projects to determine to be mutually beneficial. Among the six possible efforts to foster this collaboration research mentoring is an important component, he added.
Principal and CEO of NIE Dr G L Shekar, said that there is already a collaboration between NIE and UW-Madison in the micro grid partnership projects, lead by Prof Venkataramanan from UW-Madison side and, Head, Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST) Prof S Shamsundar from NIE.
This project is sponsored by Wisconsin Idea Baldwin Grant programme. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at NIE is offering 2-credit course on micro grid with Prof Venkataramanan and one of his research scholars as resource persons.
The MoU was signed by Dr G L Shekar, Principal and CEO of NIE and Rebecca M Blank, Chancellor, of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Srinath, Batni, NIE President; S K Lakshminarayana, NIE Secretary and Angali P Sridharan, Project Manager, International Projects, UW-Madison, were present.
The MoU was signed in the presence of N R Narayana Murthy, Founder, Infosys and Director, NIE.