More than half-a-dozen firms have expressed their keenness to partner with Amrita Automotive Research and Technology Center (AARTC) at Coimbatore to conduct live research pertaining to the automotive sector. Described as the first of its kind in the country, the Rs.15-crore venture is launched by Amrita University and Automotive Test Systems to bridge the skill gap in the automotive sector. It also helps research students to get a hands-on experience on a full - time basis.