Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Jadavpur University, Kolkata to establish the Jagadish Chandra Bose Centre for Advanced Technology (JCBCAT), heralding a new era of DRDO-academia partnership.
Secretary, department of the defence R&D and DRDO director general S Christopher laid the foundation of the Advanced Technology Research Centre at the university campus in Kolkata. In his address, Christopher called for focused research at the centre and urged for continued cooperation to achieve success in long term. ''Novelty in production needs to be designed keeping in mind constraints of time, cost and space'', he said.
Vice chancellor of JU, Prof Suranjan Das, assured the DG that JCBCAT would be a centre of excellence and assist in nation-building.
The Chief Controller R&D (Technology Management) of DRDO, MH Rahman said JCBCAT would equip itself with advanced and unique research facilities and multi-university collaboration for quality research outcome which would involve the best researchers.
The establishment of the centre of excellence is the natural culmination of research contributions made by Jadavpur University to DRDO and existing research potential in the university. The MoU will facilitate DRDO and the Jadavpur University to pursue collaborative advanced research. The JCBCAT will primarily undertake research in areas of secure systems and cognitive technologies, directed energy, unmanned and robotics technologies and other futuristic technologies.
The centre will strengthen DRDO's relationship with Jadavpur University and with other academic research institutions in the region. DRDO scientists and engineers will get the opportunity to work with the faculty and scholars of the university towards addressing scientific problems and finding innovative solutions. DRDO will support and facilitate advanced research and utilize the outcome in developing futuristic defence systems. The researchers will also have the opportunity to work on real problems in the advanced areas of defence technologies. The concerted research efforts at this centre will lead to realisation of indigenous technologies in critical areas and enhance self-reliance.