In a bid to ignite practical learning among students, Danfoss India, a leading provider of climate and energy solutions signed a Co-Operation Agreement with Vellore Institute of Technology here today. Under this agreement, an Advanced Drives Laboratory will be set up which will provide electric drives for the academic benefit of undergraduate and postgraduate students at VIT which will spur innovative thinking at the college level.
Throwing light on the initiative, Mr. Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss India said, “Power electronics and drives are an essential part of modern industrial and HVAC applications. Talent is the forefront of any organization and Danfoss believes in nurturing talent through University Engagement Initiatives. To meet the challenges faced by industries on competencies, it’s necessary to build engineers with industry relevant knowledge, skills and competencies in electric drives. Hence we have decided to set up Advanced Drives Laboratory in a leading university like VIT to help students get hands-on learning that will go a long way in shaping their career”.
The Advanced Drives Laboratory will house electric drives such as induction motor, permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) and synchronous reluctance motor drives. It will open doors to PhD research and joint research projects on various applications within electric drives and other funding opportunities.
Students from streams such as Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Power Electronics and Drives, Communication Engineering, Power Systems, PhD- Power Electronic and Drives are set to benefit the most as the lab facilities will be a part of their curriculum. It will enable students to learn how technology can play a part in bringing about energy efficiency. This will also help them understand the application of innovative practices that are sustainable and energy efficient. Faculty will also receive training from experts on electric drives.
Through this initiative, both students and faculty at VIT stand to gain from the domain expertise that Danfoss will consistently offer through technical sessions. The Co-operation agreement also offers internships at Danfoss to talented students to gain experience in an engineering environment. Technical sessions and programs will also be conducted as part of this agreement for the benefit of students and faculty at VIT.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Dr. G. Viswanathan Chancellor, Vellore Institute of Technology said “We are appreciative of the support that Danfoss has extended towards expanding the academic resources of the University. The Advanced Drives Laboratory is a form of a curriculum based learning that will enable them to be industry-ready”.
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