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     PEC, IIT engineer resource-sharing scheme

Chandigarh, January 20:

STUDENTS of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) can now freely walk into the laboratories and libraries of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. The same holds true for students and faculty of IIT(D), who’ll come visiting PEC to either deliver lectures or take up joint research work.

Opening a new door to the emerging areas of research, PEC has entered into an agreement with IIT(D) for the promotion of technical education through resource sharing. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to make this possible was signed recently.

Visiting students will be allowed to carry out project work at the institutes for a period of one semester. They might also be taken in for short-term training. There is, however, a limit on the number of students who can come visiting at a time. Only two students will be allowed per academic year. They will also be required to pay the prescribed fee.

Both parties have also agreed to share their laboratories and libraries with each other.

The use of lab facility will, however, be subject to its availability and understanding between the faculty concerned.

‘‘The intellectual property rights that arise as a result of joint research and collaboration under the agreement will be worked out on a case to case basis and will be consistent with officially laid down policies of the two organisations,’’ reads the MoU.

‘‘The resource-sharing scheme will extend to all semesters of various courses,’’ said PEC principal Baljit Kapoor. ‘‘We are in the process of identifying the first batch of students who can go to IIT(D),’’ he added. IIT(D), said Kapoor, is well-known for its research in the field of electrical engineering and is probably the best in the country.

The libraries and labs of the two institutions, elaborated the PEC principal, will be directly connected once the on-line link of University Grants Commission (UGC), connecting all educational institutions in the country, becomes functional this year.

The agreement will be for a period of three years and can be renewed with mutual consent.

Kapoor added that a similar agreement is being worked out with IIT, Kanpur, so that PEC students and its faculty get the required exposure for completing their research projects.


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