Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad has inked a pact with Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL) to jointly carry out research and development on various projects.
Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on February 16, JSL has envisioned new research, new product development, environment safety and skill development along with IIT (ISM) Dhanbad. The MoU was signed between Awanindra Kumar Singh, vice president, SMS, JSL, and IIT (ISM) director Rajiv Shekhar.
As part of the MoU, JSL will support the institute in the form of paid summer internships to students, aligning projects for MTech students with JSL-specific requirements, and hiring envirotech and electrical/metallurgical graduates on merit basis. Additionally, IIT (ISM) will introduce Executive Development Programmes in its curriculum which will be supported by JSL.
JSl managing director Abhyuday Jindal said, “As India’s largest manufacturer of a sustainable metal, we take pride in endorsing green initiatives in production. IIT (ISM) is a premier institute with major strength in minerals and related efficiencies, and hence a natural partner for collaboration. We will take up projects that will harness our industrial excellence and the institute’s technical prowess.”
The MoU is in line with JSL’s efforts to promote industry-institute partnerships and opening collaborative avenues between scholars and industry technocrats for mutual benefit. Both partners will explore research and development opportunities for a plethora of technological frontiers like assessing physicochemical properties and combustion characteristics of coal samples, ESG measures, pelletisation projects, water balancing, soil and geosynthetic studies, and so on.
JSL has a coal-based power plant and buys coal from all across the globe. Better expertise in selection of coal on right parameters, storage and handling of such coal, pulverising and efficient combustion of mixed coal as a recipe has a lot of value creation, which the MoU will help drive.
“This MoU with JSL adds another milestone to our academia and industry collaboration. JSL is an industry leader and we are suitably poised to offer technical and operational solutions. This partnership will equip JSL with a rich understanding of optimising efficiencies, and will be an opportunity for our students to develop necessary skills and amass hands-on experience,” said IIT (ISM) director Rajiv Shekhar.
In the past, the company has inked MoUs with eminent institutions of the country including IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, IIT BHU, OP Jindal University, Raigarh, UPES Dehradun and MNIT, Jaipur among others.