Vice Chief of Indian Army visits IIT KanpurVice Chief of Indian Army visits IIT Kanpur

Virendra Singh Rawat

To forge strategic partnerships, Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, Vice Chief of the Indian Army visited the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.

IIT Kanpur director Prof Manindra Agrawal and Prof Kantesh Balani, Faculty in-charge, Army Cell, IIT Kanpur, welcomed the Indian Army officials.

The visit facilitated in-depth discussions between the army officials and IIT Kanpur’s faculty members specialising in defence-related areas, focusing on exploring potential collaborations to develop niche technology solutions for the Indian Army.

IIT Kanpur showcased its research capabilities by providing an overview of the ongoing defence projects.

Sanjay Tandon, Director of the DRDO Industry Academia Centre of Excellence at IIT Kanpur, elaborated on its mandate to establish an ecosystem for focused research and collaboration in advanced technology areas for defence and security.

This highlighted the Institute’s commitment to encouraging industry-academia partnerships in strategic domains.

The IIT Kanpur faculty members exhibited innovative technologies to the Army officers, including a Substation Inspection Robot, a generator for precision guidance kits, high-altitude logistics and eVTOL solutions, Quadruped and Rotary Robots, and Kamikaze drones.

Three defense-technology startups incubated at IIT Kanpur also presented their innovations, stressing the Institute’s role as a hub for entrepreneurship and technology transfer.

The visit reinforced IIT Kanpur’s position as a premier institution contributing to the nation’s defence and security efforts through advanced research and development.

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