Bangalore, Dec 4: Moving forward with its research tie up with IIT, Kharagpur, the General Motors today announced setting up of a Collaborative Research Laboratory (CRL) with the premier engineering research and education centre with an investment of over one million dollars in the next five years.
The CRL would be a joint show between GM's India Science Lab (ISL) located here and IIT Kharagpur. This would be the 10th CRL for GM across the world, including the one with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here.
GM Executive Director for Research and Development Dr Alan Taub told newsmen here that besides research, the tie up would also result in setting up the necessary infrastructure and curriculum for masters degree and Ph.D programmes in Electronics, Control and Software area as a means to bolster development of talent.
Dr Taub said the partnership brought together an impressive source of expertise in the growing area of electronics, control and software. Though initially the agreement covered a period of five years, GM expected it to last as a long term relation between the two institutions.
He said India has emerged a major centre for research for the GM which set up the ISL in 2000, the first outside the US. Gaining confidence, five more such institutions were set up later on he added.
IIT Kharagpur Dean for sponsored research P P Chakrabarti said the Institute was extremely excited over the long term relationship with a technical giant such as General Motors. Specific areas of focus included system and software fault tolerant architecture, software development and verification and validation for high integrity software, vehicle systems health monitoring and communication and security in networking.