Industrial technology company Rolls-Royce is collaborating with Indian Institute of Technology Madras to promote and explore opportunities for joint research programmes. All the permanent employees of Rolls-Royce Engineering Centre, located in Bangalore are eligible to pursue doctoral/ master’s course at IIT Madras.
Rolls-Royce will partner with IIT Madras also on a “technical higher study framework” for the higher education of the company’s own engineers.
An memorandum of understanding was signed by Jayaram Balasubrahmanyan, Head of Engineering, Rolls-Royce India, and V. Kamakoti, Associate Dean (Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research), IIT Madras, in the presence of Kishore Jayaraman, president, Rolls-Royce India and South Asia, and Prof. Krishnan Balasubramanian, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras.
Kishore Jayaraman, president, Rolls-Royce India and South Asia, said in a statement that apart from research, the collaboration will enable “upskilling and professional development” of engineers at Rolls-Royce.
On its part, “IIT Madras will also aim to pursue advanced research in areas of relevance to future technological and programmatic needs of the company”, said the statement.
In addition, as part of its Technical Higher Study Framework, Rolls-Royce will sponsor select employees keen on pursuing Masters and Ph.D level studies, in partnership with IIT Madras. To qualify for the programme, employees must first clear the IIT Madras selection process, and their topic should be aligned with Rolls-Royce’s strategic research priorities and capabilities.
“The interaction with Rolls-Royce will certainly induce multi-faceted interdisciplinary technology exploration involving the diverse specialisations available at IIT Madras and mapping them into specific application areas of high practical value,” Prof. Kamakoti said.