Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G), The Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS) Japan, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) Japan and Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) on Thursday announced a collaboration for the promotion of technical education and training.
An inaugural ceremony for the Japanese Endowed Course was held at IIT-G on March 3, and MoU was exchanged among the four parties in the presence of Satoshi Suzuki, ambassador of Japan to India. The MoU exchange ceremony was also graced by Ashok Kumar Chawla, advisor-Japan at the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Prof. TG Sitharam, director of IIT-G, Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India Limited, deans, faculty members and officials from Maruti Suzuki, IIT-G and AOTS.
This first-of-its-kind institutional collaboration facilitates the promotion of education and training covering engineering course and internship programmes in both India and Japan. It will also promote research for next generation technologies for benefit of both the countries.
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The following initiatives are authorised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan, as Japanese Endowed Course:
Suzuki Endowed Course: An engineering course, primarily related to automobiles, will be conducted by SMC and MSIL by providing training to students through lectures. As part of the curriculum Japanese language course will be conducted by AOTS. This course will be provided to students of IITG. AOTS, SMC and MSIL will arrange for faculty to conduct these at IIT-G.
Suzuki Internship Program: Eligible students will be provided with an opportunity of being placed for an internship at SMC’s facility in Japan as well as at MSIL in India. This program will help students gain both local and global exposure.
The MoU exchange ceremony, coordinated by the office of the dean alumni & external relations, IIT-G was preceded by an interactive session between students and faculty of IIT-G with the ambassador of Japan. Following the Interactive session, the delegation visited different facilities at IIT-G which included the E-Mobility Lab, Department of Electronics & Electrical Engineering, Robotics Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Polymers (Coe-SusPol).
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