IIT Kanpur has developed a customized Master of Design (MDes) program for officers of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). This two-year long graduate program will help OFB officers learn the art and science of designing complex weapon systems. Such an initiative is closely aligned with the national Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan in the area of weapons in particular, and defence technologies and products in general, said a press release from the institute.
This is the first academic program of its kind in India, and perhaps in entire Asia, adds the institute. The customized Master of Design program related to area of Weapons Design will not only be relevant to numerous Ordnance Factories involved in production of sophisticated weapons systems, but also to private sector companies which are venturing into the area of weapon systems.
Towards the operationalisation of this program, the two organizations, which is the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) Kolkata will be entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 3 September 3 2021. Such joint initiative will institutionalize the ties between two organizations, and will also pave the way for joint development of diverse technologies directly relevant to OFB.