IIT Ropar completes overseas recruitment, research collaboration tour
Harshita Das, 19 Jul 2017, #IIT Ropar
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Indian Institute of Technology Ropar completed its second overseas tour for international recruitment and research collaborations. The team from the institute travelled to Australia and Singapore with an objective to build strong international research collaborations with universities and research institutes; boost relationships with the Indian diaspora and aim to bring back some of the best talent overseas as faculty at the institute. The team headed by Prof. Sarit Kumar Das, Director, IIT Ropar included Dr. Harpreet Singh, Associate-Dean (International Affairs), Prof. Manohar Lal Munjal (Senior Senator of IIT Ropar) Prof. Deepak Kashyap, (Head, Civil Engineering) and Dr. Rohit Y. Sharma, Coordinator (International University Affairs).


During the visit, the delegation also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of New South Wales. The delegation also visited Macquarie University, Sydney; Australian National University, Canberra; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Canberra; University of Canberra; Swinburne University, Melbourne; National University of Singapore and Nangyang Technological University, Singapore.


The team conducted offshore faculty recruitment to get overseas faculty & researchers to come and work with the institute. A total of 14 candidates were screened during the trip for positions in Computer Science Engineering (CSE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), Electrical Engineering (EE) and Biomedical Engineering (BME).  Two candidates were selected for faculty positions in the departments of Computer Science Engineering (CSE) & Electrical Engineering (EE). Out of the remaining candidates, five were recommended to the respective departments for evaluation, post which their recruitment will be finalised.


The team also met with the Indian diaspora in Australia & Singapore, where Prof. Sarit Kumar Das introduced IIT Ropar and presented his vision and mission about the institute and its possible contribution to the state in solving some of the challenging problems of the State. It was decided during the meeting that the membership of Council of Global Associates (CGA) of IIT Ropar to be expanded with members from Australia.


Speaking about the successful trip, Prof. Das said, “The three main objectives of the overseas tour were to forge research collaborations and partnerships with universities and research institutes, attract meritorious faculty and to reach out to the Indian diaspora & IIT alumni abroad. we had an extremely successful trip. We visited some of the top universities in Australia & Singapore and discussed collaborations with them on some of the key research areas like biomedical engineering, affordable healthcare, robotics and artificial intelligence. The response we got in return was very encouraging and we are happy to have signed an MoU with the University of New South Wales as part of the collaborations.”


“We also got some brilliant candidates for faculty positions. The success of the visit will not only help in enhancing the quality of academics at IIT Ropar, but also will make the institution familiar internationally.”, he added.


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