IIT Kharagpur and IIT Bombay have signed Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) with The University of Wollongong (UOW) which is interested in collaborating with India in areas of research and teaching, which include mining and other engineering sectors. The Vice-Chancellor of UOW, Professor Paul Wellings and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor Joe Chicharo has already visited IITK to take the necessary steps in regard to the same.
The MOU was signed by the UOW at IITB on 25 April 2014 and this would strengthen its ties with IITB in areas of renewable energy resources and electrical power systems. The MOU would also help in fortifying the alliances developed by the UOW with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in New Delhi and the Government of Gujarat in the development of an International Centre of Excellence in Mining. Other senior officials from UOW had also visited CSIR to further affiliation in a lot of research areas including, innovation in affordable health, low cost energy and sustainable development.
Faculty at both these colleges have already started an exchange programme for the higher degree research students and have also issued joint external research grant applications.
The visit was also planned so that the UOW officials could meet with the Government of Gujarat to discuss about UOW involvement in the 5-year plan for the new International Centre of Excellence in Mining (ICEM) in Gujarat, India. The UOW plans to team up with IITK, PANDIT Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) and TAFE Illawarra towards the development of this centre
The Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation has agreed to meet the significant capital costs for building of the new centre at Ahmedabad for the first five years and support operational costs for another 10 years and it will also fund other important projects, as decided by the UOW.
UOW will provide faculty and student exchange, developing dual degree at the bachelor and masters level, professional training, conducting guest seminars and workshops and laying a foundation for future projects. The UOW's main focus is on UOW's School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering and UOW's School of Computer Science and Software Engineering and the School of Health and Society.
The team from UOW also visited PDPU to sign a consensus which would expedite the summer program arrangement and a programme to study abroad. The first of this programme will be held in June 2014, wherein 20 students and a few faculty members will visit the UOW and introduced to many subjects like the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts including sociology, political philosophy, international media and communications, research in social sciences and humanities.