Aston University’s School of Engineering create mutual global research interests

Engineering research colloquium
Professor Surappa, Director of IIT Ropar and Professor Berry, SEAS sign the MOU on behalf of the institutions

17th May, 2010

Aston University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) has participated in a successful Engineering Research Colloquium in Chandigarh, northern India.

The collaboration between Aston University and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar aims to create mutual research opportunities and strengths across the Engineering disciplines of the two institutes.

During the visit, engineering academics from the institutes presented their own research and a colloquium talk on their area of expertise. Attendees were then given the opportunity to identify areas of common interest for future opportunities.

The colloquium came under the auspices of the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) and continues the University’s commitment to work with IIT Delhi in the development of the new IIT in Ropar.

Professor Robert Berry, Executive Dean of SEAS, said, “The School of Engineering enjoys a strong worldwide reputation for high quality research, and we’re extremely pleased to have partnered with IIT Ropar to create this colloquium in India. We believe our collaboration with IIT Ropar will lead to fantastic future research opportunities for all the institutes involved.”

The visit saw a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Aston University and IIT Ropar, formalising the agreement for future collaboration between the two institutions. Professor Surappa, Director of IIT Ropar and Professor Berry signed the MOU on behalf of the institutions. 

In addition, a signed research collaboration document identified research areas of mutual interest as a basis for future collaboration between Aston and IIT Ropar. The document was signed by Professor Dhindaw, Dean of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Ropar and Professor Berry.

Aston also made a commitment to host a number of student placements for each of the next three years. Initially, three students from IIT Ropar will study at Aston for two months later this year, with another three students undertaking virtual internships.

Aston’s SEAS has a number of existing strong research collaborations with Higher Education partners in India. This includes securing a £3m grant with IIT Delhi to build bio-energy power plants to tackle energy poverty in rural India and promote renewable energy in the United Kingdom.

Following the colloquium, there is a series of planned collaborative visits between Aston University, IIT Ropar and IIT Dehli. These will accommodate future concerted research areas to be identified, leading to joint bids for appropriate research funding.   


Notes to Editor:

1. The School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS) is known for its quality and reputation for cutting edge research. SEAS offers students excellent opportunities to join in the process of discovery and creativity, and prepare for an increasingly diverse and technological world.

2. IIT Ropar is one of the eight new IIT’s set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, to expand the reach and enhance the quality of technical education in the country.

3. IIT Delhi also forms part of the league along with other IITs in India and is located in Hauz Khas, South Delhi. Established as College of Engineering in 1961, the Institute was later declared an Institution of National Importance under the "Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Act, 1963" and was renamed "Indian Institute of Technology Delhi". It was then accorded the status of a deemed university with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees.