Delegates sign the MoU on Wednesday. Telegraph picture
Patna, Dec. 9: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Patna students and teachers will work on developing fifth generation (5G) cellular wireless communication technology, assisted by academicians and students from Aalborg University, Denmark.
This technology ensures faster transfer of data and better connectivity than the one currently in use in India. Currently, India uses 3G mobile telephony while 4G has been introduced at some places.
IIT-Patna and Center for TeleInfrastruktur (CTIF), Aalborg University, Denmark, inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this connection on Wednesday.
IIT-Patna director Pushpak Bhattacharyya and Center for TeleInFrastruktur (CTIF) founder director Ramjee Prasad inked the deal. Ramjee has his roots in Bihar.
Center for TeleInFrastruktur (CTIF) was established in 2004. He is also founder chairman of the Global ICT Standardisation Forum for India (GISFI), established in 2000.
After signing the MoU, Prasad gave a talk on "Human Bond Communications Beyond 2050", which touched on various issues in the field of wireless communication, specifically the development of 5G technology and beyond.
He talked about his plan to set up a world-class company to develop the technology in Patna. The talk also encouraged students and faculty to innovate and propose new ideas in various engineering disciplines for society's benefit.
Implementing 5G would require a paradigm shift to meet the demand that networks will face by 2020. IIT-Patna registrar Subhash Pandey said: "CTIF will set up a telecommunication centre where students and faculty from IIT-Patna and Aalborg University will work in tandem and research on 5G communications."
A third year IIT-Patna student said on condition of anonymity: "Signing of MoU with the Denmark-based university will be of great advantage to IIT-Patna students who want to research in telecommunication. 5G is the need of the hour and will become more important by 2020 when 3G network gets congested."
IIT-Patna will also carry out a student and faculty exchange programme. Students from IIT-Patna will visit Aalborg University and their students and faculty visit IIT-Patna. IIT-Patna is already in collaboration with University of Hartford USA, National University of Singapore, University of Houston, USA, Louisiana State University, USA, University of New South Wales, Australia and Universita Ca'Foscari di Venezia, Italy.