NCTU-IIT Delhi workshop : Strengthening academic and research ties between India and Taiwan

In an effort to strengthen research ties and identify areas of joint collaboration, a two-day workshop was organized by National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan and IIT Delhi on May 17-18.

Academicians from the institutes had broad ranging discussions on the collaborative process.

On the first day, deliberations were held by the faculty and students of Computer Science Department. Faculty members from NCTU spoke on diverse subjects like Motion Detection with Possible Health Related Applications, Scalability Research of IoT/M2M Systems, Mechanism Design for Decentralized Autonomous Systems and Mind Reading: encoding and decoding the brain.

A similar workshop was held on May 18 with the faculty of Materials Science and Engineering. Topics discussed were Optical-Switchable Energy Transfer Controlled by Multiple-Responsive Metal Ligand and Host-Guest Interactions in Supramolecular Polymer, Implementation of Electrochemistry for Non-Conventional Applications, van der Waals Oxide Heteroepitacy for Transparent Soft Technology, Application of Microporous Metal-Organic Frameworks in Hydrogen Storage, Semiconductor Nanoheterostructures for Photoconversion Applications.

Elucidating details on the collaboration, Edward Y Chnag, Senior Vice President of NCTU said the main focus areas were electronics, semiconductors, power switching system and communication, AI and Robotics “The collaboration will be for Masters and Ph.D programmes. We need students from different disciplines like electrical, mechanical, computer science, material science, physics and chemistry.”

Maintaining that the collaboration had a strong support from the industry he said that the students who were to be a part of the programme, must be directly linked with industry.India and Taiwan want to collaborate in industrial area. This joint collaboration between the universities is a starting point. This will definitely boost industrial cooperation. Several industries have already endorsed this programme. These companies have operations in India. I am confident that will benefit both the students and the industries who need research talent.”

The programme is slated to start from September 2018. “In two years we hope to get around 200 Indian students to our Institute. While a few workshops have already happened, a few more are in the pipeline this year to further firm up the collaborative process."

Dean R&D, Prof B R Mehta said that the collaboration will go a long way in building research and innovation ties between the two countries. " The programme is unique, many industries are sponsoring it and this is bound to enhance the employability of the students in these areas."

Prof A K Ghosh, Head, Department of Materials Science and Engineering maintains that the collaborative academic programme in the form of dual degree and participation in M.Tech in Material Engineering will be very useful ."These interactions will also bring industry participation especially from Taiwan. We are also initiating a joint symposium involving faculty members from IIT Delhi and NCTU in the areas of Materials Science and Engineering," he said.