With the aim of facilitating multi-disciplinary directed, basic and applied research in select areas of technology, Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, to establish a ‘Joint Advanced Technology Centre’ (JATC). The JATC will be located in IIT Delhi’s upcoming Science and Technology Park (Mini-Science Park ‘MSP’), within its campus.
Department of Defence R&D Secretary and Chairman DRDO, Dr. S Christopher, signed the MoU with the Director IIT Delhi, Prof. V Ramgopal Rao. The JATC will enable directed, basic & applied research and will engage with premier research institutes through multi-institutional collaboration.
As per the MoU, the DRDO will support the JATC in equipping it with advanced and unique research facilities that will enable the faculty and scholars to conduct advanced research and transform the JATC as Centre of Excellence. DRDO scientists and engineers will work with the academic research faculty and scholars in addressing scientific problems to find an innovative solution. The DRDO will facilitate advanced research to utilise technology outcome in the futuristic applications.
The researchers will get the opportunity to work in advanced areas of research namely Advanced Materials for Ballistic Protection, Advanced Mathematical Modelling and Simulation, Advanced Electromagnetic Devices and Terahertz Technologies, Smart & Intelligent Textile Technologies, Brain Computer Interface & Brain Machine Intelligence besides Photonic Technologies, Plasmonics and Quantum Photonics, etc. The focused research efforts at the centre will lead to a realization of indigenous technologies in these critical areas, which will be used for speedy self-reliance.
Faculties and researchers in various Engineering and Science departments of IIT Delhi will participate in the research programme/projects of the Centre. The JATC may also involve other premier institutions in the region, based on their research strengths.