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Indian Institute of Technology Madras Signs NSIRC MoU

Mon, 13 February, 2023

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TWI towards joining NSIRC International.

Chennai, India, 6 February 2023 – The MoU will see IITM and TWI, working together to establish a new NSIRC International in India, and bring NSIRC industry focused PhD research to postgraduates in India.

Signing the MoU on behalf of TWI was Professor Tat Hean Gan, TWI Director of Membership and Innovation, and NSIRC Director. Speaking about the MoU, Professor Gan said, “We are very pleased to sign this MoU with IITM and bring our unique and impactful industry focused education programme to students in India. At TWI and NSIRC, we have a shared mission to create leading engineering education that can benefit society and the environment, and we have a proven track record for solving longterm industrial challenges. This opportunity to work with such a renowned technology institution as IITM is a privilege and we are very excited by our combined innovation potential.”

Representing TWI India at the signing was Dr Shervin Maleki, TWI Director of Global Development, saying that, “For TWI India, this MoU marks the next big step for development of our presence in India, investing in the equipment at capabilities that will makes NSIRC India the best location for industry-led academia in the country. We are very pleased that IITM can join us in this partnership, along with our key partner LRF, and we are very excited for the future.”

Attending the signing on behalf of IITM was Professor Raghunathan Rengaswamy, IITM Dean for the Office of Global Engagement.

Funding provided by Lloyd's Register Foundation

NSIRC India received funding and industrial support from the Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF). A founding partner of NSIRC in the UK, LRF is global charity supporting engineering focused academia that can improve safety and save the lives of people at home and in the workplace.

Providing funding and industrial expertise, LRF will support NSIRC and IITM PhD studentships that complement LRF’s priorities, these include at sea assets, digital systems, sustainability, food supply systems and physical infrastructure.

Together, the NSIRC and LRF partnership has enrolled over 180 PhD students, cumulatively producing more than 500 years of PhD research, all of which has been based on urgent technology challenges facing global industries.

Thanks to the strong industry connections of TWI, and their industrial members companies (including, Aramco, ADNOC, Rolls-Royce, BMW, BAE Systems, Jaguar Landrover, Siemens and many more), combined with the insight of LRF and their technology experts, NSIRC India Students will be able to create research with impact across academia and industry, complimenting the ambition of IITM.

To see how your organisation can be involved with NSIRC India, contact us to arrange a free consultation meeting, or simply email

Chennai, India. Photo: Karl Janisse / Unsplash
Chennai, India. Photo: Karl Janisse / Unsplash