Taking a crucial step towards self reliance in Defence Sector, the military aviation giant Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has joined hands with a premier technology institute IIT Kanpur to hold annual conference which will serve as platform of encouraging new ideas, innovation and new technologies in defence sector.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked by Mr. Z.A. Asif, General Manager, HAL and
Prof Prabhat Munshi, Dean Resources and Alumni IIT, Kanpur in
presence of Mr. Gukul Chandra Pati, Secretary (Defence Production).
“This is being done to promote R&D and academic work in new and emerging technologies in aerospace industry”,said Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL.
As per the MoU, HAL and IIT, Kanpur, will hold annual conference jointly and serve as a platform to the defence industries and encourage new ideas, innovations and new technologies in aviation
Mr. Pati hailed coming together of HAL and IIT (K) and said such collaborations enrich industries resulting in key results in R&D which is crucial to self-reliance in defence sector.
"The MoU will facilitate development of training programs and training modules for capacity building of HAL personnel. We welcome the contribution of IIT faculty and students who can play their role in
breaching the technology gap", Dr. Tyagi added. Prof Indranil Manna, Director IITK said the institute will appoint a distinguished academician as a Professor to the HAL Chair. "We are
proud to be associated with HAL and the relationship has distinct relevance", he added. An Advisory Committee of HAL and IIT (K) representatives will oversee the functioning of HAL Chair and
periodically review the functioning. HAL had signed a similar MoU with IIT, Roorkee recently.
In the recent past HAL signed MoUs with IIT, Madras to undertake joint research in the field of transmission system for the helicopter and engine programs and with IISc, Bangalore for development of micro UAV and development of active control and health monitoring
techniques by application of smart materials to helicopter dynamic system and with NAL, Bangalore for design and development of aircraft structures, mechanical systems, aerodynamics, avionics, aerospace materials, composites, system Engineering, UAVs etc. A few years ago,
HAL had signed a separate MoU with IIT, Kanpur for development of computational aero elasticity code for helicopter loads.