In a bid to encourage industry-academia partnership, Shoolini University has signed an MoU with leading textile company of India, the Vardhman Textiles Limited (VTL) with Vardhman contributing Rs 3 crore for research in nanotechnology.
By putting nano-materials and techniques to use in the state-of-the-art lab, Shoolini University aims to work for environmental detoxification, clean energy production and waste utilisation.
The MoU was signed by Shoolini University chancellor Prof PK Khosla and Vardhman Textiles director and chairman of CSR, Prafull Anubhai Patel, in the presence of Mr. S P Oswal, Chairman and Managing Director of Vardhman Group.
“Industry-academia partnership is the right step for application of research for societal benefits. The support that Vardhman is giving for establishing this lab in Shoolini University will go a long way in promoting this. The lab is named after SP Oswal’s father – Ratan Chand Oswal Himalayan Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology — will help to sprout the seeds of this joint partnership,” said Prof Khosla.
Mr. Praful Anubhai Patel from Vardhman said that the Group is committed to holistic development and considers education and quality healthcare facilities as essentials. “With Sustainable Development as our goal, we find it a privilege to be able to give back. As a responsible corporate citizen, we willingly contribute to social causes and participate in the development of communities that host us.”
As per the MoU, Vardhman shall be providing Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)/Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM) equipment. The new lab will be instrumental in helping the university upgrade the skill-sets of students including the UG/PG/Doctoral Programmes and will play a pivotal role in working on subjects like cancer biology, biotechnology, food technology, photo-catalysis, water purification, etc.
Also present were Foundation for Life Sciences and Business Management president Mrs Saroj Khosla, Shoolini University trustee Mrs Nishtha Shukla Anand and Vardhman director Mr Dinesh K Sindhwani.