The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 22 in New Delhi, for continuation of MoRTH Professorial Chair focusing on research and development, teaching and training in the area of development of highway infrastructure.
The MOU was signed by Indresh Kumar Pandey, Director General (Road Development) & Special Secretary and Manoranjan Parida, Deputy Director and Professor of Civil Engineering, IIT Roorkee, in New Delhi on January 22. Giridhar Aramane, Secretary (MoRTH), presided over the signing ceremony.
This collaboration of MoRTH with IIT-Roorkee will strengthen R&D activities in road sector and the Chair professor is expected to provide leadership in conducting and coordinating research, development and teaching in the area of development of highway infrastructure, said a press release.
During MoU signing, the Secretary said, “The Government supports the enhancement of quality research through partnerships and mentorship programmes. This MoU sets a new benchmark of Government-academia partnership that can enhance learning and open up new opportunities for development of faculty in IIT & Ministry’s technical officers and will be useful in internal capacity building so that we can take the benefits to society.”
Parida said, “IIT Roorkee has been contributing towards teaching, research and development in highway engineering in the country for a very long time. This MoU provides an opportunity for IIT Roorkee to work on contemporary challenges in the highway sector and be a partner in the highway development in the country”