Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based global engineering and digital technology solutions company Cyient has announced its partnership with IIT-Hyderabad to establish an endowed chair in the field of new-age communications. Professor P Rajalakshmi from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad has been selected as the first appointee for this chair.
Through this chair, Cyient aims to endow Prof Rajalakshmi with an honorarium of Rs 25,000 per month and contingency grant of Rs 1,00,000 per year for a period of three years to further research and development in the field of future communications. “Biggest risk to digital transformation is communication and if that does not happen then every sector in the digital transformation journey will get derailed. That is why we as a company are focused on communication and thought of bringing academia into this journey as well. That is how the idea of an endowed chair came into being in IIT-Hyderabad,” said BVR Mohan Reddy, founder chairman, Cyient.
IIT-H director Prof BS Murty said that the institute has been pioneering many advanced and new-age courses and after becoming the first institute to offer an undergraduate programme in artificial intelligence, the institute is looking at more such courses in the near future. “Last year we launched an undergraduate programme in biomedical engineering and are looking at starting an undergraduate programme in bioinformatics. In addition, we are also looking at a masters programme in medical device innovation. We are also starting a number of online masters programmes,” he said.
Cyient CEO and MD Krishna Bodanapu said, “We are honored to be associated with IIT-Hyderabad and its initiatives to nurture creative talent. The Cyient Chair is a significant step forward in deepening the relationship between academia and enterprise to accelerate innovation. This is another important step of delivering on our vision of applying technology imaginatively to solve problems that matter.”
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