The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT-K) and University of Alberta, Canada signed an agreement for a joint degree program (JDP) and research collaborations on January 18, at IIT Kanpur.
The agreement between the two universities paves the way for doctoral students at either university to participate in the joint degree program and conduct research at the partner university. The agreement will also foster research collaborations between faculty members of the two universities on energy materials, systems and technologies needed towards clean energy transition.
The agreement was signed by IIT Kanpur Director Prof. Abhay Karandikar, and Prof. Dhirendra Katti, Dean of International Relations from IIT Kanpur, and Prof. William Flanagan, President and Vice-Chancellor and Dr. Cen Huang, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (International) from the University of Alberta.
The agreement sets out guidelines for faculty from the two universities to jointly supervise a doctoral student and will give admitted students a chance to conduct research and visit the partner university for a period of one year or more. The joint doctoral program will provide students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty at both institutions in key research areas of mutual interest and will allow them to gain valuable experience while pursuing their doctoral studies.
IIT Kanpur will also collaborate with the University of Alberta in the Joint Research Innovation Network with a focus on developing new, renewable, and efficient energy materials, systems, and technologies for the clean energy transition to address climate issues.
Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director IIT Kanpur, said in a statement on Thursday that, “We are excited to partner with the University of Alberta on this joint doctoral program. This agreement will provide the students with unique opportunities to work with leading researchers in their respective fields and will help to foster collaboration between our institutions. This is another significant addition to the growing collaborative R&D ecosystem at IIT Kanpur. The agreement will allow us to share expertise and resources and will help to advance research in key areas of mutual interest.”
The delegation from the University of Alberta also interacted with the faculty members from IIT Kanpur working in the area of energy and discussed the possible areas of collaboration in the field of energy. The delegation also visited the Department of Sustainable Energy Engineering facilities such as PG Energy Lab, Battery Fabrication Lab as well as other facilities such as Smart Grid Center and Solar Energy Research Park.