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A ‘centre of excellence' for BITS

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JAIPUR: The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Integrated Headquarters of Defence in New Delhi for establishment of a “centre of excellence” to promote exchange of information, provide a platform for officers' training and aid collaborative research.

BITS Vice-Chancellor B. N. Jain and Lt. Gen. V. K. Chaturvedi of the Integrated Headquarters of Defence signed the MoU at a function in the national Capital on Friday.

A release here on Saturday quoted Prof. Jain as saying that BITS had made “successful strides” in the last decade with several initiatives and the signing of the MoU “heralds a new beginning in the history of our institution as we partner with the Army offering our resources, programmes [and] services for the greater good of the nation.”

The centre of excellence will foster and facilitate exchange of information on educational programmes run by BITS as part of on-campus and off-campus programmes and on research and innovation currently undertaken by the prestigious institution on its campuses in Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad.

The release stated that the centre would also facilitate collaborative research in the areas of mutual interest including safety and security, information systems, robotics, materials, pharmacy, psychology, soft skills and communication studies.

For Army officers

As a part of the association, the Army will sponsor serving officers to undergo formal on-campus and off-campus educational programmes at BITS to enrich and enhance their skills.

Additionally, BITS and Army would identify off-campus “work integrated learning” programmes leading to bachelors or masters degrees which the Army officers can join even while they are in service.

BITS will also explore the possibility of the Army participating in its “practice school programme” in which the BITS students would get an opportunity to spend two to six months at some of the Army establishments working on live projects.

The release affirmed that the legacy of BITS, which is a deemed university under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, reflected the continual initiatives for changes through innovations in curriculum design, which had brought the institution's engineering programmes to the national forefronts.

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