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Volvo Group Deepens The Industry-Academia Engagement With Indian Universities

Modified On Jun 12, 2024 02:57 PMBy Ketan Birla

Volvo Group has inked MOUs with KIIT University, SRM University, and Manipal University to develop a strong industry-academic engagement and augment engineering education in India. Read on for more details.

Key Highlights

  • Volvo Group India inks MoUs with 3 Indian Universities to build strong industry-academia engagement.
  • The collaboration encompasses a two-semester credit course to offer engineering students an opportunity to understand the automotive sector comprehensively.
  • It is a win-win situation for both Volvo Group and Indian Universities by providing better placement to students and utilising the talent in the industry.

Volvo Group in India has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 3 prominent Indian universities – Manipal University, KIIT University, and SRM University – to enhance the industry readiness of engineering students in the automotive sector. 

Programmes intended to provide postgraduates in computer science, electronics, mechanical, and electrical engineering with mentorship will be a part of the partnership. Students will also be given the chance to apply for internships and pre-placement offers, which will help to nurture the country's talent early in their career paths.

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Significance of Industry-Academia Engagement

The collaboration between Volvo Group and Indian Universities will foster automotive engineering. A two-semester credit course on industry-specific disciplines offered by the partnering universities will serve as the cornerstone of this collaboration, providing students with a comprehensive knowledge of the automotive industry. 

Volvo Group will actively support this initiative by conducting guest lectures, educating other faculty members at the institutions, training faculty members, organising industry-specific sessions with professionals, and providing pertinent use cases and problem statements to develop practical knowledge. Furthermore, the brand may consider scholarships for a small number of female students who choose to participate in these courses, encouraging diversity and inclusivity in the automotive sector.

Comments By Volvo Group India

Kamal Bali, President and Managing Director of Volvo Group India, as well as dignitaries from the universities, including Abhishek Ray (Dean of KIIT University), Anil Rana (Director of Manipal University), M.S. Vivekanandan (Director of Corporate Relations and Career Services, SRM University), Maheshwar Dwivedy (Associate Dean – Academia-Industry Relations and Professional Internships, SRM University), N. Venkata Sastry (Director – Career Centre, SRM University), and Priyadarshi Biswal (Dean of KIIT Industry), graced the signing of the MoUs.

Speaking about the partnership with these Indian Universities, Kamal Bali said, “We firmly believe in the strength of collaboration. Our collaboration with these esteemed colleges is a significant move in the direction of enabling the next generation of engineers. We're eager to nurture these bright minds, equip them with practical, industry-specific skills, and guide them towards becoming future leaders in the automotive sector.” 

He further added, “This collaboration is part of our commitment towards nurturing talent and fostering innovation in the automotive sector. It is also about equipping engineers with the required skills and opportunities for a thriving career in the automotive industry.”

What We Think

By engaging industrial players like Volvo Group in academic institutions, engineering students will get real-time industrial exposure and a better understanding of the industry. It is a win-win situation for both Volvo Group and universities as universities will provide better placement opportunities to their students and Volvo Group will utilise the fresh energy while addressing the problems. With this collaboration, the automotive sector will indulge creative talent for integrating the latest and innovative technologies in the industry.  

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