Airbus, IIT Kanpur will groom aerospace professionalsAirbus

Virendra Singh Rawat

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and Airbus have joined hands to expand the talent pool of the fast burgeoning domestic aerospace sector.

Under the collaboration, both organisations will promote research in advanced technologies, and develop programmes to enhance technical capabilities for aerospace students in India.

According to the IIT Kanpur, the two organisations will also explore collaboration opportunities with global institutes where students will get to work on aerospace projects.

European industrial giant, Airbus is among the world’s largest manufacturers of airliners as well as the leading helicopter manufacturer.

Meanwhile, they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate collaboration in developing education and training modules with particular focus on research in the aerospace sector.

The MoU was signed between Abhay Karandikar, then IIT Kanpur director, and Rémi Maillard, President and Managing Director, Airbus India and South Asia. Karandikar is now the secretary of the department of science and technology at the Centre.

Prof S Ganesh, Officiating Director, IIT Kanpur, said the Institute is pursuing its vision to support innovation, research, and entrepreneurial activities in technology-based fields, and aerospace is among the thrust areas.

“This collaboration with Airbus Group will enhance the industry experience of aerospace engineering students at the Institute. With our aerospace department covering an expansive array of research and development in the field we look forward to a mutually fulfilling engagement,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Maillard said Airbus is committed to developing the aerospace ecosystem in India, and to invest in education and skill development.

“The MoU will harness Airbus’ expertise and IIT Kanpur’s capabilities in education, research and training to nurture the next generation of technology leaders and will unlock the potential of the fast-evolving aerospace landscape in the country,” he added.

IIT Kanpur’s aerospace engineering department has been at the forefront with regard to building strong industry-academia connections, and leveraging our research to train our students to be more industry-ready.

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The Institute and its aerospace engineering department house many unique capabilities and advanced laboratories pertaining to flight sciences, propulsion systems, aerospace structures and materials, and flight vehicle design, simulation & control.

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