Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati is going to collaborate with Oil India Limited (OIL) on the development and introduction of new technologies energy, and related sectors. The partnership will also focus on cooperation in Transfer of existing technologies, Knowledge up-gradation and innovation partnership, Training and skill development, and other areas of mutual agreement.
The MoU was signed on 11th November 2021 by Prof. T.G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, and Mr. Sasanka Pratim Deka, Executive Director, Oil India Limited, in the presence of Institute Faculty and OIL Executives. They will work together to catalyse innovation and growth in technology.
Outlining the benefits and future prospective of the MoU, Prof. T.G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, said, “This MoU will facilitate a new path for exploring various opportunities in applied and translational research for the sustainable energy sector with OIL. IIT Guwahati is among the few top institutions in India that are dedicated to develop state-of-the-art technologies and skilled manpower in the field of petroleum and its allied industries.”
Further, Prof. T.G. Sitharam said, “With this MOU the oil and gas industries like OIL will highly benefit by developing indigenous Technologies. These joint research activities should be inclined in such a way that it reaches the common people of India and pave the pathway for the upliftment of society. IIT Guwahati is now aggressively working with industries for challenging research and innovation problems aligning with ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ Mission.”
Collaboration between industry and academia is mutually beneficial. It provides the industry work-ready talent with specialized knowledge and practical training and academia benefits by having opportunities to work on relevant technologies and challenging problems.
Speaking on the significance of this collaboration, Mr. Sasanka Pratim Deka, Executive Director, Oil India Limited, said, “Oil India Limited firmly believes that the MoU shall facilitate a quantum jump in the efficiency in the process, thereby contributing to profitability. This is just the beginning and Oil India Limited looks forward to a bright future by collaborating with IIT Guwahati.”
The Engineering Service Group of Oil India Limited constitutes mainly core engineering department(s) like Electrical, Civil, Field Engineering, Instrumentation, Field Communication, Information Technology, and Logistics. The Engineering Service Group provides various essential engineering services to the main areas like Exploration, Drilling, and Production of Crude Oil and Natural Gas, Transportation of crude oil and production of LPG in addition to the company’s other business avenues.
Those present in the MoU Signing Ceremony include Prof. S.K. Kakoty, Deputy Director, IIT Guwahati, Prof. Vimal Katiyar, Dean, R&D, IIT Guwahati, Prof. S.S. Bag, Associate Dean, R&D, IIT Guwahati, Prof. G. Krishnamoorthy, Dean, II&SI, IIT Guwahati, Prof. P. Muthukumar, Associate Dean, II&SI, IIT Guwahati, Prof. P.K. Iyer, Dean, PRBR, IIT Guwahati and Prof. R.K. Bhattacharya, Dean RGF, IIT Guwahati.
Representations of OIL who also graced the ceremony are Mr. Sasanka Pratim Deka, ED (ES, IC & DOR), Mr. Sandip Goswami, CGM(PLS), Mr. Ajit Chandra Haloi, CGM( Electrical), Mr. Dilip Kumar Das, GM(Civil), Mr. Ikhtiar Hussain, GM (Instrumentation), Mr. Tapan Kumar Sarma, GM (Electrical), Mr. Monoj Gogoi, DGM (Field Engineering), Ms. Dipti Shikha Chintey, Dy.CE (Instrumentation), among others