BANGALORE: In an attempt to fill the gap between academia and industry, Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has joined hands with government and private enterprises to set up as many as eight Centres of Excellence (CoE) in its regional offices.
Apart from the postgraduate (MTech) made-for-industry courses, the CoE will be set up in collaboration with prominent organisations to get the industry to interact with students.
The CoE will be established as part of MoU that the varsity has signed with the companies.
V-C Dr H Maheshappa said, “This is an attempt to bring industries to our campus and provide students with first-hand understanding knowledge about what the industry requires from them. These CoE will focus on inter-disciplinary studies and projects.”
So far, VTU has signed MoUs with Innovent, Institute of Engineers, National Design and Research Forum (NDRF) and Power Research and Development Consultants (PRDC).
In addition to the MoUs, the varsity has also entered into agreements with Gas Turbine & Research Establishment (GTRE), SAP Labs, E Health Incubation Centre and Siemens Technologies. “We have planned four more CoEs with these companies. This will support our efforts to facilitate a dialogue between industries and students, such as our recent MTech course in Industrial Automation, which is supported by Bosch,” Maheshappa said.
Speaking about the E Health Incubation Centre, he said, “Budding entrepreneurs can enjoy free services for upto one year. In this period, they can use the facilities, experiment on projects and then move out to set up their own enterprises.”