Indian Institute of Technology Madras has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sterlite Technologies Limited (STL), a global data networks innovator for sponsoring a Chair Professorship in 5G. Under this MoU, STL and IIT Madras will partner for research and advancements in 5G communications technology.
The IIT Madras and STL industry - academia joint initiative will support development of such standards and technologies.
The Chair Occupant will be a full-time institute faculty and will be identified through institute’s selection process. Announcement of the first occupant of the Chair Professorship will happen in the first quarter of 2020.
The Chair Occupant will work towards accelerating the advancements in 5G by unifying IIT Madras’ research and domain knowledge with STL’s industry expertise in 5G and end-to-end network connectivity.
Commenting on the partnership Dr Badri Gomatam, group CTO, STL, said, “STL, is always at the forefront of bringing end-to-end connectivity solutions and transforming lives with technology. We are entering the era of 5G connectivity and we need to make the most of it. Through this partnership, STL and IIT Madras are committed to realise the enormous potential of 5G for customers and industry in India and global markets”.
Speaking about the research that will be taken up under this Sterlite Technologies Chair Professorship, Prof David Koilpillai, Head of Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras, said, “We appreciate to Sterlite Technologies Limited (STL) for sponsoring this Chair, which will enable the department to undertake research in Communications technologies - both fundamental R&D and translational projects.”