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UK varsity hand for new IIT labs

Bhubaneswar, July 14: WMG, University of Warwick will help IIT-Bhubaneswar set up high-end research laboratories on its main campus. IIT-Kharagpur, the mentoring institute of IIT-Bhubaneswar, recently entered into a joint venture with the university in this regard.

“WMG will help us set up its research laboratories here,” said IIT-Bhubaneswar director M. Chakraborty, who is back after spending a month at WMG.

The director, in association with technology specialists there, held discussions and planned on the superspeciality laboratories.

“We will work together towards setting up of high-end laboratories for materials and tomography processes as for example,” said the director, who has been appointed a visiting professor at WMG.

As the institute offers science-based engineering education, research, masters and doctoral-level programmes in various science disciplines, well-equipped laboratories are vital. The institute currently has 40 students each in the disciplines of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering and an electrical laboratory, an electronics laboratory, a computer laboratory, a physics laboratory and a chemistry laboratory.

“We wish to draw on WMG’s successful record procedures of engaging with the local industry,” he said, adding that during his visit to the UK he worked with WMG director Lord Kumar Bhattacharya and other people on industry-academia relationships and development of some new education modules.

A team of WMG research staff and industrialists will shortly be visiting IIT-Bhubaneswar to explore opportunities for the partnership. Experts from mineral and materials technology, e -security design disciplines and those who will foster good industry–academia relationship will comprise the team, he said. IIT-Bhubaneswar has already appointed an architect — the first among the new IITs to do so.

“Consulting Engineering Services India Private Limited has been roped in for the purpose. The master plan is ready. We plan to start from November,” he said.

The institute is acquiring additional space in Toshali Plaza for its new batch of students.

Renovation work at the new address, housing the administrative blocks and classrooms, is being carried out by the Central Public Works Division. The temporary campus for IIT-Bhubaneswar has been running out of the IIT-Kharagpur Bhubaneswar extension campus since July 2009.

Apart from providing 935 acres to IIT-Bhubaneswar at Arugul near Jatni railway station, the state government has also agreed to facilitate the supply of 3 million gallons of water per day, 5MW of uninterrupted power supply and a four-lane road connecting NH-5 to the new campus.

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