The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) for joint academic and research collaborations.
“The MoU marks a step in IIT Kanpur’s efforts to forge joint international collaborations across domains. We are confident this partnership will create new opportunities for our students and faculty members in the form of symposiums, exchange programs, joint publications, and so on. We look forward to working closely with UCSC to strengthen this partnership further,” IIT Kanpur director Prof Abhay Karandikar said.
The collaboration will cater to crucial research in Computer Science and Engineering, and Biological Sciences and Bioengineering. This partnership will provide opportunities for both institutes to share their expertise, knowledge and resources to further research and development.
The exchange of faculty members will enable researchers to collaborate on important research initiatives, leveraging the strengths of each institution to address complex scientific challenges. Joint supervision of PhD students will enable students to receive guidance and mentorship from faculty members at both institutions, broadening their knowledge and perspectives.
IIT Kanpur was established on Nov 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 9000 students. In addition to formal undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the institute has been active in research and development in areas of value to both industry and government.
US-based UCSC is a public university and one of the 10 campuses of the University of California system. It was founded in 1965 and offers a cross-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate education combined with innovative teaching methods.
UCSC offers 73 undergraduate majors and 65 graduate programs and has long been at the forefront of path-breaking research. It is also home to three Organized Research Units: the Genomics Institute, Institute of Marine Sciences, and Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics.