Mumbai, Feb 5: In a move to augument a collaborated effort for promoting academic and research interactions, Tata Chemicals (TCL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS).
Under this agreement, BITS would operate an off-campus centre at Babrala and run educational programmes to meet the human resource development needs of TCL leading to specific degrees of BITS through its off-campus work-integrated learning programme, which would contain same standards offered on-campus, and will be equivalent to the corresponding degrees offered on-campus, a TCL release said.
TCL Crop Nutrition and Agri Business Executive Vice President Kapil Mehan said, ''The educational programmes conducted under this collaborative arrangement will offer the employees of TCL an opportunity to enhance their academic qualification, synergize theories and practice on a sustained basis.'' TCL would make available the necessary infrastructural facilities and would also enable identified resource persons of TCL to participate in the pedagogic aspects of the programme, he asserted.
Mr Mehan stated that the employees of TCL admitted to the BITS programmes under this arrangement will be treated as BITS students and will be governed by the fee structure and academic regulations of BITS and also by the service rules and regulations specified by TCL.
A Coordination Committee consisting of Vice-Chancellor, BITS as Chairman, and two nominees each from TCL and BITS would plan, coordinate and monitor the academic and research programmes as well as all related operational matters within the framework of the academic regulations of BITS and the objectives outlined by TCL, the release added.