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IIT Kharagpur partners Carleton University to boost research

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Carleton University of Canada to support research collaboration, capacity building and other forms of academic partnerships.

“We are happy to have the MoU signed with Carleton University. We look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with different units of the university,” IIT Kharagpur Deputy Director Professor Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya.

Under the MoU signed on Tuesday at IIT Kharagpur extension campus, Kolkata, both the institutions will focus on opportunities in student exchange, faculty exchange and professional development programmes, said an IIT Kharagpur statement.

The two institutions will also explore possibilities of collaborative masters’ programmes.

The MoU will cover the scope of interaction among members of faculty relating to joint research projects, visits for such purposes and when necessary, joint applications for research funding from external funding agencies, the statement said.

“I am excited about this new partnership. This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration, having students from IIT KGP come to Canada and Carleton students coming to India and launching of exciting professional development programmes,” Associate Vice-President, Research and International at Carleton University, Dr. Karen Schwartz said.

Carleton University is among the best universities in Canada with high research focus and diverse academic programmes. The university has been recently focusing in areas such as autonomous vehicles (which can be guided without humans at the wheels) and technology enablers for smart cities.

IIT Kharagpur has been similarly carrying research on areas like intelligent transportation, future of cities, digital convergence and centre of excellence in artificial intelligence.

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