The grand premier Institute of Telangana IIT-Hyderabad has recently signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with four premier institutes of Japan to research and strengthen the field of Earthquake Engineering. B.S. Murthy, Director, IIT-Hyderabad has briefed the sources about his recent visit to Japan where he actually signed the MOU.
The Institute is also collaborating with National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience for earthquake engineering. The collaborating partners have various branches in Japan, headquartered at Tsukuba. Dir. Murthy has briefed that the main objective behind this collaboration is to develop a high-level cooperative framework for partnering institutions in the area of earthquake engineering through numerical simulations. For the purpose, these institutes in the future will undertake joint research programs including seminars, faculty exchange activities, internship opportunities, and joint academic programs.
Director Murthy has similarly signed an MOU with the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Shizuoka University for partnering in the ‘Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program’ (DDSP). The doctoral students of both Institutions can be benefited from this course as they can enroll in their research activities and will be treated as visiting students by the respective host institutions. Based on the same grounds director also held discussions with Nagoya Electric Works, Nihon University which is well established and known widely for its Technical Cooperation in projects like the Smart Cities for Emerging Countries- based on big data analysis and sensing network and the multimodal regional transport system.
As per the exchange program director, Murthy has told that both students and teachers can go there to continue some part of their research program under joint-supervision. For that, the collaborating institutes are- Saitama University and the National Institute of Material Science (NIMS) Japan. These institutes along with IIT-Hyderabad shall offer a joint research program to the interested students and faculties. Director Murthy has also briefed that in the coming future he is also aiming to provide a Joint Doctoral Program by which the students will get benefitted with dual doctoral degrees from both the parent institutions.
-Jitendra Pratap Singh