Kolkata, Apr 6 (PTI) The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, and Indian Paint Association (IPA) today signed an MoU for a Masters Programme in Coating Sciences & Technology.
The Masters Programme will start from the academic session commencing in July 2017.
Prof Kalyan Kumar Bhar, Dean, Research & Development, IIEST and Subir Bose, former President, IPA, signed the MoU in the presence of IIEST Director Prof Ajoy Kumar Ray and IPA officials, an IIEST press statement said here.
As per the MoU, IPA will help IIEST to chalk out the curriculum in a more industry-specific manner and organise development programmes.
IPA will also develop innovative technology solutions in related areas, undertake joint research projects and initiate joint academic activities – short-term courses, seminars, workshops and conferences.
This collaborative education and research programme will go a long way in creating manpower who will be able to serve the coating industry an extremely important segment of the manufacturing industry. Our collaboration will be based on development of advanced technology in the area of corrosion and coating, Director, IIEST, Prof Ajoy Kumar Ray said.
During and after completion of the Masters Programme in Coating Sciences & Technology, IPA and IIEST will together explore means to provide internship and jobs to students.
Bose, past president of the IPA, said, The programme would be structured to provide students with specialized courses in various aspects of Paint Technology during the 2-year duration to make them eligible for employment in paint industry and also in the paint-user Industry.
Prof Kalyan Kumar Bhar, Dean, Research and Development, IIEST, Shibpur said, Synergic partnership between industry and academia is now a necessity, where academic brilliance is aptly assisted by industrial expertise.”
IPA, the largest sectoral body of paint manufacturers and raw material suppliers from the organsied and small scale sectors in the country, is affiliated to Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
IPA members together contribute nearly 85 per cent of the country s paint production, estimated at Rs 42,000 crore.
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