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IIT Kanpur, BHEL Cooperate In R&D For Defence & Aerospace Sectors 

According to the MoU, both parties will pursue research & development, and collaborate in manufacturing and supplying components, sub-assemblies and systems in key areas

(L-to-R) P C Jha, and Jai Prakash Srivastava from BHEL with Prof. AR Harish and Prof. Manindra Agrawal from IIT Kanpur during the MoU signing

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly work on the emerging opportunities in the Indian Defence and Aerospace sectors. Both parties agreed in principle to co-operate, pursue research & development, and collaborate in manufacturing and supplying components, sub-assemblies and systems or equipment in mutually agreed areas of interest to address opportunities in the Indian Defence and Aerospace sectors. 

The MoU was signed by Jai Prakash Srivastava, Executive Director, on behalf of BHEL and Prof AR Harish, Dean of Research & Development, on behalf of IIT Kanpur. The BHEL team also included P C Jha (Executive Director -BHEL Haridwar Unit), Pervez Ahmad and Rohit Bansal; while the IIT Kanpur team included Prof Manindra Agrawal, Department of Computer Science and Engineering; Prof Deepu Philip, Department of Industrial & Management Engineering, and Avanti Joshi, and Shreya Mishra, representatives from Corporate Relations & Communication (CRC) Cell, Office of R&D, IIT Kanpur.  

Both parties have identified critical technological avenues of collaboration like anti-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies, UAV engines, manufacturing of composite fixed-wing UAVs of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) category, cyber security, etc. IIT Kanpur is one of the leading institutes in the UAV research and development domain in India, while BHEL has established its leadership in manufacturing large products/systems. This mutual collaboration aligns with attaining self-sufficiency and self-reliance under the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ missions for Uttar Pradesh, as well as for the nation. 

This collaboration will also provide impetus to the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor initiative with technology development at IIT Kanpur followed by manufacturing at BHEL. Both parties agreed to set up a working group of members from both organizations to realize major goals envisioned under the MoU. 


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