Chennai, Oct 23: Ashok Leyland and Bosch, world's largest auto components supplier, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) to set up the Ashok Leyland and Bosch Centre of Excellence in Engineering Design, at the IITM campus.
The MoU was signed by Managing Director Ashok Leyland R Seshasayee, Managing Director, flagship of the Bosch Group in India, Motor Industries Company Ltd (MICO) Albert Hieronimus and IITM Director M S Ananth.
The Centre of Excellence in Engineering Design would house the Department of Engineering Design, formed recently by IITM.
The Department offers a Dual Degree Programme in Engineering Design, B Tech in Engineering Design and M Tech with specialisation in Automotive Engineering. The Department would also offer M S and Ph D from January 2007.
Ashok Leyland and Bosch would contribute Rs 40 million each for the Programme. The engineers of Ashok Leyland and Bosch would be trained by IITM and those candidates meeting the admission norms would be admitted to M S and Ph D programmes.
These efforts would boost the Research and Development activities in the two companies.
The 55,000 square ft Center would be equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research. It would also include graphic art studio, computer aided engineering centre and laboratories for product design, ergonomics, mechatronics, controls, and vehicle dynamics.
Prof Ananth said there was a dire need for design engineers with a sound knowledge of MEMS, controls and analytical and numerical techniques, with practical orientation different from what was imparted in traditional disciplines such as mechanical and electrical engineering.
Recognising the invaluable contribution that this course would be providing the industry Mr Seshasayee said, for India to realise its definite promise to become a global manufacturing base, it was vital that they strengthen their most significant core competitive advantage like their skilled manpower.
The same holds good for the automotive industry wherein skilled technical manpower was pivotal to the predicted growth.