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IIT Jodhpur and DRDO Unveil DIA-CoE for Multidisciplinary Research Initiative

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jodhpur and the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has launched the DRDO-Industry-Academia Center of Excellence (DIA-CoE).

This centre sims set to transform interdisciplinary research and develop the next generation of innovators in defence technology by boosting collaboration among academia, industry, and DRDO research laboratories.

The DIA-CoE at IIT Jodhpur will be a joint initiative of academia, industry, and the defence sector, where the focus will be on pooling expertise and resources to address high-end challenges in defence technology. By utilising top talent and cutting-edge infrastructure, the Centre hope to become a global player in its niche research areas.

The DIA-CoE at IIT Jodhpur established through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on October 6, 2022, emphasises a concerted effort to promote directed basic and applied research in identified verticals, with the overarching aim of developing futuristic technologies and products to meet the needs of the defence sector.

During the first phase of collaboration, IIT Jodhpur and DRDO will focus on a diverse range of innovations, encompassing projects such as a Multi-agent Amphibious Quadcopter System, Bioinspired Flapping Wing Model, AIOT Based Water Monitoring Technologies, Smart Apparel for Desert Warfare, and more.

The Center of Excellence will undertake research in identified verticals, including Desert Warfare Technologies, Futuristic Omni Mobility Systems, and Artificial Intelligence for Information and Wargaming Technologies. Moreover, it will spearhead science and technology initiatives as identified by DRDO.

Additionally, future projects in the pipeline will delve into critical areas such as Cold Plasma-based technologies, Hydrogen-based power generation systems, and Energy Harvesting for defence applications, among others.

In his address, Dr. Samir V. Kamat, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and chairman said, “We aim to utilise DIA-CoE as a means for building an ecosystem comprising DRDO labs, academia, and industry. It is our wish that in the years to come, these Centers of Excellence will be like the hubs in the United States where MIT Caltech, Stanford played a big role in making the US a superpower in technology.”

Prof Santanu Chaudhury, director, IIT Jodhpur, said, “Centres like these should really evolve into hubs of R&D, addressing the defence capability needs of our country. Research is profoundly fundamental to have new technologies invented. However, it must not end with invention alone; the entire journey towards innovation, product development, and implementation is equally imperative. This holistic approach is exceptionally critical, underscoring the unique role of this centre.”

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