Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and University of Alberta, Canada have collaborated for academic research including a joint degree program (JDP).
The agreement paves the way for doctoral students at either university to participate in the joint degree program and conduct research at the partner institution.
The agreement will foster research collaborations between their faculties on energy materials, systems and technologies needed towards clean energy transition.
The agreement was signed by IIT Kanpur director Prof Abhay Karandikar and Prof Dhirendra Katti, Dean of International Relations, IIT Kanpur; and Prof William Flanagan, President and Vice-Chancellor and Dr Cen Huang, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (International) from the University of Alberta.
The agreement sets out guidelines for the faculties to jointly supervise doctoral students. The pact will allow the students to work with world-renowned faculty at both institutions in key research areas and gain valuable experience.
Meanwhile, IIT Kanpur will also collaborate with the University of Alberta in the Joint Research Innovation Network with a focus on developing new, renewable and efficient energy materials, systems, and technologies for the clean energy transition to address climate issues.
“The agreement will provide the students with opportunities to work with leading researchers in their respective fields. This is another significant addition to the growing collaborative R&D ecosystem at IIT Kanpur,” Prof Karandikar said.
The delegation from the University of Alberta also visited the IIT Kanpur Department of Sustainable Energy Engineering facilities such as PG Energy Lab, Battery Fabrication Lab as well as other facilities such as Smart Grid Center and Solar Energy Research Park.
While, IIT Kanpur is among the premier engineering institutes in India, the University of Alberta is a leading research-intensive institution in Canada.
IIT Kanpur was established on November 2, 1959 by an Act of Parliament. It has a sprawling campus spread over 1,055 acres with large pool of academic and research resources spanning across 19 departments, 22 centres, and 3 Interdisciplinary programs in engineering, science, design, humanities, and management disciplines with 540 full-time faculty members and approximately 9,000 students.