ABB India and NITTTR signs MoU to set up digital simulation lab in Chandigarh


With an aim to impart better training quality for the large scale industralisation of the country, the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) and Swiss power major ABB India on Tuesday have signed the MoU to set up a digital simulation lab in Chandigarh.

Simulation Center of Excellence’ (SCoE) is a first-of-its-kind multi-physics center in the country that aims to enhance skill development for electro-mechanical equipment design and manufacturing, catalyzing ‘Make in India’ for the students and the faculty members of the institute, said in a statement by ABB India.

“A combination of knowledge and expertise developed through the right skilling initiatives would be key to take the Indian economy to the next level of growth. ABB India over decades has been working on various initiatives to catalyze teaching, learning and skill development on best in class global technology and practices,” said Sanjeev Sharma, Managing Director, ABB India.

Delighted with the partnership with NITTTR, Sharma further added, “We are happy that our partnership with NITTTR, one of the oldest institutes of technical training in the country, has made the first of its kind digital simulation lab operational in the emerging educational hub of Chandigarh. Such digital infrastructure in the academia will be the stepping stone to prepare future generations to navigate technology disruptions across the industry.”

“The upgraded computing, simulation and analysis facilities available in SCoE have brought opportunities for NITTTR students and faculty for research of complex industrial systems. With the availability of SCoE infrastructure, NITTTR faculty has been able to introduce new short-term courses in the domain of Finite Element Analysis for the technical teachers,” said Prof. Shyam Sundar Pattnaik, Director, NITTTR.

“Thus, SCoE has a cascading effect in improving the quality of technical education system through state-of-the-art learning tools. NITTTR, Chandigarh through SCoE will address the industrial requirements as well as provide an opportunity to the faculty and research scholars to work on real-life for industrial projects and latest technologies of digitalisation like machine learning and latest computer-aided engineering software,” he added.

Students studying in the electrical and mechanical engineering department of the institute have been working with ABB on issues of motor castings and online remote condition monitoring of motors. Though the SCoE was established earlier to focus on electromechanical systems, the high-performance computing feature of workstations in SCoE has also been in use by the students of the Computer Science Department of NITTTR for their post-graduate thesis work in the domain of Machine Learning.

The funding of the project comes as a part of ABB India’s CSR initiative.