Chandigarh,11.11.19-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) today signed MoU with four NITs i.e. NIT Kurukshetra, NIT Jalandhar, NIT Srinagar and NIT Hamirpur at CSIO, Chandigarh. This MoU will facilitate exchange of Staff and Students towards co-supervision of Undergaduate, Postgraduate and Ph.D. theses, participation in research thus promoting interaction among the scientists, professors and research scholars of the four NITs. Further this will help in pursuing joint research programs including externally funded schemes and Consultancy activities etc.

Scope of MoU also involves sharing of expertise, domain knowledge and available facilities in mutually agreed research areas (viz. Physics, Photonics, Optics, Chemistry, Biomedical, Material science and engineering, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Electronics, Computation, Mechanical Engineering and any other areas of common interest in science and engineering) for research and development.

Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), a constituent unit of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), is a premier national laboratory dedicated to research, design and development of scientific and industrial instruments. It is a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional apex industrial research & development organisation in the country to stimulate growth of Instrument Industry in India covering wide range and applications. CSIO is manned by highly qualified and well trained staff with infrastructural facilities in the areas of Agrionics; Biomedical Instrumentation and prosthetics; Optics and Cockpit based Instrumentation; Fiber/Laser Optics based Sensors & Instrumentation; Analytical Instrumentation; Advanced Materials based Transducers etc. CSIO has contributed substantially towards the growth of the scientific instruments industry in the country.

NITs are premier Academic Institutes of National Importance, established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development MHRD, Government of India. NITs are engaged in the field of education and research andprovide for a science-based engineering education to produce quality engineers. The institute, apart from establishing a robust teaching environment, is keen to facilitate and support cutting-edge research in variety of areas.

Prof. R. K. Sinha, Director CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh signed the MoU on behalf of CSIO, Dr Satish Kumar, Director NIT Kurukshetra signed the MoU on behalf of NIT Kurukshetra, Prof Lalit Kumar Awasthi Director, NIT Jalandhar signed the MoU on behalf of NIT Jalandhar, Prof Rakesh Sehgal, Director NIT Srinagar signed the MoU on behalf of NIT Srinagar and Dr Raman Parti, Dean (Research & Consultancy),NIT Hamirpur signed the MoU on behalf of NIT Hamirpur.

Dr Satish Kumar, Director NIT Kurukshetra while signing the MoU said that he had a close association with CSIO at the time when he was the Director of TBRL, Chandigarh and worked on a number of projects. He praised the work of CSIO in the development of HUD. He said that not only the students of NITs will gain from this initiative but it will also help the faculty. He said that at present number of highly specialised equipment for laboratories of NIT is being imported and now with collaboration of CSIO it will be possible to make it in India.

Prof. R. K. Sinha said that CSIO has already developed Atomic Force Microscope at a fractional cost of what is being imported from abroad and CSIO will look forward to developing such state of the art equipment for giving hands on training to students in NITs.

Senior officials from both the organizations were also present. Dr. Surender Saini, Head BIPP, CSIO said that the aim for signing of MoU with NITs is to support of academic partnerships which include research collaboration, the exchange of faculty, researchers, students, publications, academic programs and collaborative research projects. This collaboration plays an important role in building a globally competent academic and research system to further fostering advancement in teaching, learning and research.