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IIT Madras to Showcase Initiatives for Critical Defence Technologies at DEFEXPO 2018

CHENNAI : Indian Institute of Technology Madras will showcase its recent initiatives for further indigenization of critical Defence Technologies during the DEFEXPO 2018 being held in Chennai from 11th to 14th April 2018. The Institute has taken the lead to transfer knowhow and collaborate with the Armed Forces and the defence Sector and further the 'Make in India' concept in defence technology.

In a first-of-its kind initiative, IIT Madras has set up a stall in Hall No. 6 at the DEFEXPO 2018 to connect with the Defence Industry at the grassroot levels. IIT Madras has been open to partnerships with various sections of Defence Industry and assist them in developing cutting-edge technologies to help the Armed Forces.

Speaking about the participation of IIT Madras in DEFEXPO 2018, Prof Ravindra Gettu, Dean (Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research), IIT Madras, said, "We are ready and eager to work with companies in the Defence Sector and the Armed Forces to develop relevant solutions for enhancing the security of our nation."

IIT Madras has joined hands with Bharat Shakti (a platform for defence industry) to conduct a seminar on 11th April 2018 on “Technology Perspectives for the Armed Forces.”

Artificial Intelligence and Impact on Battle field, Infrastructure Technology for Border Areas, Energy for Armed Forces, Enhancing the Battle field space, Secure Communications for the Armed Forces and Space Based Surveillance were covered during the Seminar by experts of IIT Madras.

Elaborating on the participation of IIT Madras in the expo, Prof. P. A. Ramakrishna, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Madras, said, "This gives the faculty of IIT Madras the opportunity to exhibit their contribution towards defense technology. I would like to thank Lt. Gen. (retd.) P R Shankar, who has joined our department as ‘Professor of Practice’, for having encouraged us to take part in this big event."

About 100 MS/ M Tech / PhD students of various disciplines who are attending the newly introduced course on ‘Overview of Defence Technologies’ will be interacting with the defence industry to complete their field projects. They had a special session with the industry and senior officers of the Armed Forces for operational orientation on 11 April in the afternoon.           

The tenth edition of the Defence Expo is being held from 11th to 14th April 2018 at Thiruvidanthai in south Chennai. The expo will be formally inaugurated by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, on 12th April 2018.

The four-day exhibition will showcase the strengths of India's defence public sector and uncover the country's growing private industry. It will see participation from 47 foreign countries including the US, the UK, Russia, Afghanistan and Sweden, Finland, Italy, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nepal, Portugal, Seychelles and Vietnam.

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