Posted by: The Chhamanator | November 1, 2007

MNNIT ties up with Queen’s University of Canada

From Times News Network

Note: This is a new segment where I post news about MNNIT taken from major News Agencies and give a brief commentary on it. It’s a way of highlighting the reality behind the official version (if there is any). 

Allahabad: In it’s endeavour to ensure effective collaboration in the field of technology and research, the Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, (MNNIT) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Queen’s University. The university is a pioneer institute of Canada for carrying out reasearch and academic collaboration in the field of electrical and power engineering. 

MNNIT Logo   Queen’s University Crest

Dean (research and consultancy), Sudrashan Tiwari signed the MoU on behalf of MNNIT, while Prof Praveen Jain, an alumnus of institute and presently research chair in power electronics at Queen’s University, represented the Canadian side. 

A visibly elated director, MNNIT, Prof AB Samaddar told ‘TOI’ that the institute aims to establish research and academic collaboration with leading universities and institutes in almost all important parts of the globe. 

“We have already finalised the procedures and clauses of all agreements and MoUs with premier institutions like Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Chinese University, Hong Kong and Fenshia University, Taiwan. The institute is also initiating a dialogue with London University, UK, for advance research collaboration”. 

He added that bilateral cooperation would also help the institute to have access to latest researches and developments taking place in different parts of the world. Elucidating the benefits of MoU with Queen’s University in the field of power and electrical engineering, Samaddar said our country needs sophisticated generators and transformers to ensure effective and smooth power supply. However, this requires extensive research for developing and updating equipment and machinery in vogue.

Representing the Canadian side, Prof Praveen Jain, Queen’s University, said that director (research collaboration) of university would ratify the MoU soon. The HoD, Electrical Engineering Department, Prof Vineeta Agarwal said that as per the MoU, both parties would promote exchange of academic staff to foster research collaborations, interchange of teaching expertise, short-term visiting lectureships, students in studyabroad programmes, access of available resources at the host institution for research scholars and students. 

Besides, the MoU has the provision of briefing services by each institution for visitors from other institutions, exchange of information and materials and other form cooperation emerging with further needs”, added Prof Vineeta Agarwal. She added that both institutions have also agreed in principle for acknowledging the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) emerging out of research activities undertaken by both parties.

My take

Founded in October 16, 1841, Queen’s University is one of the oldest Universities in Canada. Boasting of an estimated 13,500 Undergraduate and 2,900 Postgraduate students, it dwafred the 2,362 undergraduate and 817 Postgraduate students of MNNIT in comparison. A Queen’s School of Business press release mentions that “Queen’s MBA has been ranked #1 for the second time in a row by BusinessWeek magazine’s influential biannual ranking of MBA programmes outside the US, with five Canadian schools dominating the top ten. Additionally, the 2007 edition of Macleans concluded Queen’s to be most selective Canadian University, based on sheer statistical numbers. The university was ranked 176th in the world in the 2006 Times Higher Education Supplement rankings, a jump from 261st in 2005. 54 Queen’s Alumni are Rhodes Scholarship holders. (Wikipedia)

This seems to me like a deal which will benefit MNNIT more than it does Queen’s. It certainly is a step in the right direction considering the amount of power cuts Allahabad is experiencing. But, since this is a collaboration to share research and academic information, it’s highly likely that it will take sometime before the collaboration bears fruit and we get to see any concrete evidence. Regarding Prof. Praveen Jain, it’s good to see an alumnus of MNNIT doing well and working in such a reputed institute. Maybe there’s hope for us MNNIT-ians after all…..

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