Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, ranked among the top 10 universities in India according to NIRF 2023, and Renault Nissan Technology & Business Centre India (Renault Nissan Tech) have joined hands in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during a signing event at the University’s Coimbatore campus. The MoU aims to foster collaboration in various domains, including placements, internships, exclusive MTech programs, elective courses, joint research projects, and the establishment of Centres of Excellence (CoEs) and labs.
The event was graced by chief guest Mr. Debashis Bimalprakash Neogi, Managing Director, Renault Nissan Tech and the Guest of Honour Mr. Hirotake Harada , Senior Vice President – Engineering, Renault Nissan Tech along with other dignitaries, including Mr. C. Parameswaran , Principal Director, Corporate & Industry Relations, Mr. Suresh Kodoor , Director, Academia-Industry Partnership, CIR and Dr. Sasangan Ramanathan , Dean of School of Engineering. As part of this partnership, Renault Nissan Tech will be donating a test car to support Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s cutting-edge research initiatives in the automotive & related field along with a joint elective course on Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) emphasizing on in-depth studies. Launching of customised work integrated MTech programs for industry professions on topics of Automotive Engineering and Thermal and Fluids Engineering is under consideration, working with Renault Nissan Tech.
Debashis Neogi, Managing Director, Renault Nissan Tech said, “Industry-Academia collaboration is key in fostering talent, skilling and research in automotive technology and education. Our shared vision will aide us in this journey of creating cutting-edge solutions and knowledge exchange, forging a path to excellence, that will shape the future of the industry. Our agreement with Amrita University is a testimony of this collaboration.”
“At Amrita, we endeavor to create an ambience that is most conducive for the students’ academic, professional and personal development, realized through rigorous, up-to-date and high quality educational programmes, practical exposure to industry practices by way of internships, participation in sponsored projects and joint research initiatives and, above all, nudging them to inculcate core human values, so as to bring about their holistic development.”, said Mr. Parameswaran, Principal Director, CIR, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
Amrita constantly strives to build strong academia-industry partnerships to keep its academic and research programs closely in sync with the industry, an integral part of its continuing effort to build industry-ready talent for the future. Industry research and innovation initiatives at Amrita focuses on engaging in high-end applied research and development projects by collaborating with industries to address industry-specific problems and research needs, giving the students great learning opportunities and industry exposure. The present partnership will enable Amrita, working along with Renault Nissan Tech, to jointly drive innovation and create value for the automotive and associated industry.
The partnership will particularly foster research initiatives focused on emissions, aiming to understand and mitigate environmental impact, as well as exploring alternative fuels. Additionally, advanced sensors will be utilized for RLD (Road-Load Data) analysis, offering both offline and real-time monitoring of vital vehicle components. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham will delve into the development of data-driven digital twins, employing modal-based and physics-based approaches to enhance simulation capabilities for specific performance metrics. The collaboration is further underscored by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s commitment to custom research projects catering to the needs of Renault Nissan Tech, solidifying their joint efforts in advancing automotive technologies. The partnership will foster Amrita’s ongoing research on automotive and related areas, including eMobility, drive design, fuel cells, battery chemistry and vehicle dynamics.