IIT Roorkee today signed an MOU with CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) to form a nucleus for promoting excellent quality manpower in the fields of engineering, technology and science with special emphasis on transportation engineering, traffic engineering, transportation planning, pavement design and performance evaluation, bridge engineering, geotechnical engineering, environment, road safety and related fields in the road and transportation sector.
The MOU emphasizes collaboration between CSIR-CRRI and IIT-Roorkee for enhancing the availability of highly qualified manpower in the sector within the country. Prof. Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, and Prof. Satish Chandra, Director, CSIR-CRRI, New Delhi, signed the agreement while Prof Manish Shrikhande, Dean SRIC; Prof. Sanjay Ghosh, HOD, Civil Engineering; and Prof Indrajit Ghosh, Group Coordinator, Transportation Engineering, were present at the signing.
Both CSIR-CRRI and IIT-Roorkee will encourage interaction between scientists, research fellows, faculty members and students of both organizations through various arrangements. Other areas mentioned in the MOU include sharing of facilities between the two institutions and coordination of the programme including financial arrangements, among others.
Prof. Satish Chandra, said on the occasion, “We are confident that with IIT Roorkee’s expertise in scientific and technological knowledge and professional experience in science and technology, the collaboration between the two institutions would produce excellent quality manpower in the road and transportation sector”.
Recognizing the need for collaboration in the fields related to road and transportation sectors, Director, IIT Roorkee, Ajit K Chaturvedi said joint supervision of students’ projects/theses would greatly benefit the nature and quality of the work and also enhance the exposure of students in this important area.
The two Institutions also hope to co-organise high impact events in the area of transportation.