IIT KGP and Houston University to Promote Collaborative Programs in Petroleum Engineering

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IIT Kharagpur and the University of Houston have signed MoU for joint academic and research collaborations. The initial areas of work identified include Petroleum Engineering, covering niche aspects of Chemical, Advanced Materials, Deep Sea Technology and Analytics and Industrial Engineering, confirmed Prof. P P Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur, in a social media post.

On September 14, 2018, a team of delegates from IIT Kharagpur visiting USA led by the Director, met Dr. Renu Khator, Chancellor the University of Houston System and President of University of Houston. The team also met Dr. Joseph W. Tedesco, Dean of Cullen College of Engineering and Dr. Jamie Ortiz, Vice-Provost, UH Global Strategies and Studies.

The University of Houston is a leader in energy research and environmental education among others. It serves the Houston and Gulf Coast regions through experiential learning, industry partnerships and the interdisciplinary Energy Research Park.

In 2016, IIT Kharagpur has set up the Deysarkar Centre of Excellence in Petroleum Engineering funded by distinguished alumni Asoke Deysarkar and Ruma Acharya Deysarkar. It is targeted towards Industry-Academia Synergy and innovation and training platform for future leaders in the energy sector. The departments of Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering and Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture too attract best-in-class faculty and students.

The two institutions with their focus in energy and associated areas would collaborate on interdisciplinary academic and research programs.

In addition to this, the MoU includes scope for mutual cooperation programmes to promote regional understanding of India and USA, faculty development and improving the international experience of students.

IIT Kharagpur also signed an MoU with University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to explore opportunities in Blue Economy. Read More

By Shreyoshi Ghosh

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