AP Society for Knowledge Networks and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research will jointly promote research at academic institutions in Andhra Pradesh and the Netherlands.
An MoU was signed on Wednesday between IT minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah and a Netherlands team at the Secretariat.
The AP Society for Knowledge Networks will work with four hub institutes in AP--IIT Hyderabad, NIT Warangal, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad campus and IIIT Hyderabad. Each of these four institutes will in turn be responsible for guiding and fostering research in other engineering colleges in the state.
Each of these hub institutes will be guiding 100 engineering colleges with their research leadership. The funding for the projects will be provided 50 percent each by the AP Society for Knowledge Networks and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. The AP Society will fund to the tune of about Rs 10 crore initially.
Each project will have six stakeholders--three in the state and three in the Netherlands. The three stakeholders are: The academic institute concerned, along with its faculty and research students; a potential corporate player who is interested in partnering with the research effort either through funding or through intellectual participation; and the AP Society for Knowledge Networks in case of AP and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.
The deadline for submission of proposals in short format is December 1.