The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and Indian Air Force (IAF) have come together to promote research and development (R&D) in aerospace technology.
An agreement (MOU) was signed between the two institutions at the IAF headquarters in New Delhi on 8 September to establish the “Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh Chair of Excellence”.
According to the director of IIT Kanpur, Abhay Karandikar, the Chair of Excellence will promote teaching and R&D in aerospace technology, aircraft structural integrity, aircraft health monitoring, and other related areas in aeronautics and aviation.
“It will facilitate development of training programs for #IAF personnel which will provide platforms for dissemination of knowledge & ideas to innovate new technologies. It will also provide research grant to PhD scholars of #Aerospace Engineering of #IITK working in these areas,” Karandikar tweeted.
Air Vice Marshal Harjinder Singh, after whom the Chair is named, was among the earliest to join the newly created Indian Air Force in 1932.