The Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, one of the premier engineering institutions in the country, announced it is collaborating with Applied Materials India, the Indian subsidiary of materials engineering leader Applied Materials, Inc., to conduct semiconductor research. The collaboration will further help equip IIT (BHU)’s students with strong knowledge and in-depth learnings on advancements in materials engineering.
Recently, 14 scientists from IIT (BHU) were named among the world’s top two percent of scientists in a list compiled by Stanford University. Teaming up with Applied Materials India will give IIT (BHU) access to world-class expertise in materials engineering and semiconductor process technology. Previously, Applied Materials India in collaboration with IIT (BHU) Varanasi sponsored characterization equipment for the institute’s Central Instrument Facility which enabled students to get hands-on experience in structural characterization of materials.
Talking about this collaboration, Srinivas Satya, Country President and Managing Director, Applied Materials India, said, “We are delighted to join with IIT (BHU) Varanasi on semiconductor research. The collaboration will help boost our industry-academia relationship towards addressing materials engineering challenges in the semiconductor industry. We also look forward to help train young engineering students in this exciting field of advanced technology.”
As per Professor Pramod Kumar Jain, Director, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, “The research collaboration of IIT (BHU) Varanasi and Applied Materials India is an example of our commitment to strong industry-academia relations. The electronics industry is more important to the global economy than ever before, and the Government of India has attached high importance to electronics hardware as an essential pillar for both the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ programmes. Our collaboration with Applied Materials India will help foster learning and design programmes that can boost the availability of skilled manpower for the semiconductor industry.”
Professor Rajiv Prakash, Dean, Research & Development, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, said, “The School of Materials Science and Technology at IIT (BHU) Varanasi has a long history of collaboration with Applied Materials India. Our latest engagement brings the relationship closer and strengthens the semiconductor research community.”
Commenting on Applied’s history of industry-academia collaborations, Sujit Jha, Senior Director, Engineering Management, Applied Materials India, said, “Applied has been a pioneer in forging closer ties between the industry and academia in India. In addition to our work in semiconductor research with IIT (BHU), we have established collaborations with other leading institutions over the years in areas including life sciences, AI and Big Data, high-performance computing, flexible electronics, energy storage, specialty coatings and materials engineering.”