IIT-H collaborates with 4 Japanese institutions on earthquake engineering

HYDERABAD: The Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H) has collaborated with four Japanese institutions on research in earthquake engineering and doctoral programmes.

The IIT-H director Prof BS Murty during his recent visit to Japan signed memorandum of understanding (MoUs) with National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience, Shizuoka University, Saitama University and National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS). As part of the MoUs, the institutions will undertake joint research activities, faculty exchange, joint seminars, internship opportunities in both institutions and other academic exchange programs.

The MoU between department of electrical engineering, IIT Hyderabad and Shizuoka University, envisages the introduction of a doctoral degree sandwish program (DDSP). Both institutions will offer this course for their doctoral students, in which they can take up research activities in partner institution. The DDSP students will be treated as ‘visiting students’ by the respective host institutions.

Speaking about the importance of these collaborations, Murty said — “IIT Hyderabad is also working to have joint doctoral programme as an outcome of it students will be benefited with dual doctoral degree from both institutes. The MoU with NIMs will benefit students with fellowship whereas MoU with E-DMRD is to develop technology for earthquake resistance building.”

Prof Murty also held discussions with Nagoya Electric Works, Nihon University for a discussion on the Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for smart cities for emerging countries-based on sensing, network and big data analysis of multi-modal regional transport system.

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