IIT Kanpur and IAF partnership are going to work for promoting the research and development in Aerospace technology, both on the academic and research level. On September 8, 2021, the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, and the Indian Air Force have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Air Force Headquarters, New Delhi.
It was Air Vice Marshal Rajeev Sharma, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Education), IAF’s Education Branch Head, IIT Kanpur’s Dean Resources and Alumni, Prof. Jayant Kumar Singh who signed the MoU regarding the establishment of Chair of Excellence and Research Scholar Program (RSP) for Indian Air Force Officers.
Other personalities present at the event IIT Kanpur and IAF partnership signing were Air Marshal Vibhas Pande AVSM VSM, IIT Kanpur’s Director, Prof. Abhay Karandikar, and Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance (AOM).
This partnership is expected to increase the interchange of technical knowledge between the participating institutions, creating an environment for innovations in the aerospace domain. It can also play a vital role in achieving the target of Atma Nirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India).
The Director of IIT Kanpur, Prof Abhay Karandikar, expressed the pride he felt due to their engagement with IAF for research and training.
Under the Chair of Excellence, training programs will be developed for IAF personnel. It will help in research and technology development in Aerospace Technologies, Aircraft Health Monitoring, Aeronautics, Aviation, and Aircraft Structural Integrity.
The IIT Kanpur and IAF partnership will also provide research grants to Ph.D. scholars at IITK working in the field of Aerospace Engineering. Along with that, the Research Scholar Program (RSP) will allow direct admission to qualified IAF serving officers in the Ph.D., M.Tech, and masters Programmes offered by IITK.
Such initiatives are developing a group of people in the IAF with strategic knowledge and intellectual skills. Even, students, researchers, and faculty at IIT Kanpur will be able to learn from the immense experience and knowledge of distinguished IAF officers.