Thu, Sep 21, 2017
IIEST upbeat on industry link-up
The Times of India, Kolkata, November 1: The country's first Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) at Shibpur will soon join the league of the IITs when on November 4 it embarks on a collaborative journey with some of the best public and private sector units.
In its earlier avatar as Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu), the institution had signed a number of MoUs with companies but this will be the first time when six top notch private players and PSUs will offer expertise, financial assistance and faculty enhancement to IIEST.

The MoUs will be signed at RashtrapatiBhavan next Wednesday in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee, who is a visitor designate at the IITs, NITs and the IIEST. The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), which has been instrumental in the collaboration, believes the institute-industry partnership will help the country ease the acute crunch of skilled, employable students
The campus is buzzing with excitement at the news. "We are eagerly waiting for the MoUs to be signed. It will benefit the institute in many ways," said an IIEST official.

The six companies — Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd, MN Dastur and Company, SkyBits Technologies Pvt Ltd, Sankalp Semiconductor and BitChem — will provide faculty members to IIEST by instituting chair professors. They will also help train students with internships and skills training, upgrade laboratories and give feedback to IIEST in revamping the curriculum to make it industry friendly. 
"BHEL will conduct research collaboration in solar energy and electrical power systems. MN Dastur, which is a consultancy firm, has already provided funds for hiring faculty in the School of Material Science at IIEST. Now they will give additional support to enhance material research activities. Emerging areas like polymer biomaterials and research on developing high performance steel is on the anvil," said a source at CII. 
Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd may start a new programme on naval architecture and ship-building in collaboration with IIEST after a nod from the HRD ministry and the governing board of the institute. Skybits Technologies, a software company, will provide skill development and make students industry ready in the computer science and IT engineering departments. "Sankalp Semiconductor, which was founded by an IIT-Kharagpur alumnus, is one of the top 100 global companies in IT and software. IIEST will improve in analog and VLSI design. The company will also assist the institute in innovating and designing electronic chips. BitChem is associated with developing innovative road material using new technology and science. They hold a number of patents in making green roads. Along with Central Road Research Institute and BitChem, IIEST plans to lay a stretch of road on campus by implementing new technologies. The companies will provide material and technical know-how," added the CII source. 
Tata Steel, which has already set up three distinguished chair professors at the institute, may also join the league of companies in signing a new MoU with IIEST later. "Every year IITs enter into collaborations with prominent industry leaders. This year the President was keen to include NITs and IIEST. IIEST has the largest number of MoUs up for grabs," said a CII official. "If all collaborations work out well, then IIEST students will be flooded with internship opportunities and the companies will ensure that the students hone their skills to fit into the industry."