The vice chancellor Dinesh Singh, speaking on to the media said "The DRDO will set up a centre of excellence in the university through which our faculty's research projects will be routed. The faculty will also have the option of collaborating with the DRDO scientists for their projects".
The Memorandum of Understanding with the DRDO was signed a few months back and that it was now being brought into operation. The centre of excellence which the DRDO will set up will be housed at our cluster innovation centre which is already functioning, he added.
Professor Singh said "The DRDO laboratories across the country will also be made accessible to the university's students. They have also agreed to provide internships for our students in their defense laboratories across the country".
Adding that this option will be open for both Postgraduate and Undergraduate students he said, "The collaboration stands to benefit both sides immensely. On our part, we feel that funding for our research projects will come more easily".
The MoU is quite comprehensive and has covered many technical aspects according to Prof.Singh, who said that this MoU was part of his plans in making the university's learning process more hands-on and research-based. "Learning beyond the blackboard" is a concept that Prof.Singh has been advocating for sometime now, with the university's under-graduate courses all set to go under a complete overhaul come June 2013.
This past May, the university had also introduced, "innovation projects from colleges" which sought to encourage research at the undergraduate level by providing the necessary funding. This had prompted several proposals and a total of 113 projects had been chosen with each project receiving funding upto 5 lakhs each.