Sangareddy: Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) has decided to collaborate with Center for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) to design and develop state-of-the-art processes and equipment in e-waste recycling. Through this collaboration, the Institutions are also planning to offer an M Tech program in e-waste recycling. The two institutes will also undertake joint research in the same field.
An MoU was signed on December 9 by Prof BS Murty, Director, IIT-H, and Dr NR Munirathnam, Director General, C-MET. C-MET is located in Pune and is an autonomous scientific society under the Ministry of Electronics and Information technology, Government of India, dedicated to undertaking competent research and development in the firmament of Electronic Materials.
Both the institutions will also encourage cooperation between research groups, researchers and institute staff and their exchange visits for teaching and research.
Speaking about the importance of this collaboration, Prof BS Murty, Director, IIT-H, said, “Being a pioneer in research IIT-H will collaborate with C-MET to explore and develop cost-effective and affordable e-waste recycling techniques. This will also generate a unique opportunity for the young researchers to study at IIT-H and work at C-MET.”
He elaborated the objectives of the collaboration saying that, “the design and development of state-of-the-art processes and equipment for e-waste recycling process, jointly conduct M Tech programme in e-waste Management and Recycling, to promote academic and research cooperation between the two institutes for the enhancement of knowledge and vision for the training of human resources in the niche and advanced areas of R&D, to promote the exchange of persons, activities and experience in relevant fields of higher education and research, bring out collaborative research publications and patents, and to foster the exchange of academic publications and scholarly information”.
Highlighting the focus of this collaboration, Dr NR Munirathnam, Director General, C-MET, said, “There is strong emphasis from Government of India on e-waste treatment. The C-MET has already set-up a Centre of Excellence on e-waste management. Teaming-up with institutes like IIT-H will help C-MET to enhance research component and skill development in the field of e-waste management.”
Further, both institutions will also offer joint courses, and conduct workshops and conferences in the subject. Researchers and staff of C-MET can also pursue doctoral degrees at IIT-H as external candidates or part-time doctoral students. Students from IIT-H can work at C-MET, Hyderabad, for their student internship (winter/summer), training programmes, project, dissertation or thesis provided they be facilitated with necessary infrastructural facilities.
The two institutions will also share their respective R&D facilities to promote academic and research interaction in the areas of cooperation and exchange software and other materials and components developed in-house.