Amity University, Noida and Army Training Command (ARTRAC), the Indian Army have established a long-term symbiotic relationship for Academic & Research Cooperation with the signing of an MoU, first of the kind with any private university, towards starting a joint “Centre of Excellence” for Studies in Engineering, Innovation & Technology at AUUP premises under the visionary leadership and long cherished dream of Dr Ashok K. Chauhan, Founder President, Amity Education Group.
According to the university’s press release the Indian Army, through ARTRAC will establish a Centre of Excellence for Studies in Engineering & Technology at AUUP with its enunciated objectives, viz exchange of information on educational programmes run by Amity as part of its on-campus and off-campus programmes and on ‘Research and Innovation’ currently undertaken by Amity University Uttar Pradesh. The army would sponsor Officers to undergo on-campus and off-campus educational programmes; Collaborative Research and Innovation will be done in areas of mutual interest in Physical Sciences, Engineering, Pharmacy, Management, and Social Sciences; visits by Faculty and Students of Amity will be undertaken to Army establishments to better understand education and technology needs of the Army and visits by Army officers to Amity University Uttar Pradesh Campuses to engage in Research and Innovation.
The Centre of Excellence at Amity University thus established will focus on emerging areas of Science and Technology, including Information Warfare or Security; Wireless Communication; Robotics and Automation; Tracking /Surveillance, Underwater Acoustics and Communication; Chemical storage, handling, transport, and disposal; Environment and Energy system technologies; Supply Chain Management; Communication skills, Soft Skills, and many other fields in the larger domain of Defence Technology and management.
Lt Gen Raj Shukla, PVSM, YSM, SM, ADC, GOC-in-C ARTRAC accompanied by Maj Gen Vivek Kashyap, VSM MGGS Training B, were given a tumultuous welcome by the Amity Students Jazz Band from Amity School of Engineering & Technology (ASET) playing the adorable national tune of “Sare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara”. Thereafter, he was introduced to the Amity Indian Military College (AIMC) aspirants for the NDA, as also the Army officers undergoing their Study Leave Courses at Amity University and military Veterans serving in the Campus.
Addressing the gathering Lt Gen Raj Shukla said MoU between Amity and Army Training Command (ARTRAC), Indian Army is a step towards strengthening the institutions’ linkages between academia and the Indian Military. MoU are nothing unless they turn into broader alliance agreements. MoU will be successful only if the interaction between the Indian Army and Amity begins to deliver and delivery will only happen if this MoU turns into quality, because only quality survives in a very competitive world. In his remarkable address to the faculty and students, he laid specific emphasis on ‘Civil-Military Relations’, and expounded multifaceted aspects pertaining to mutual cooperation in the domains of Academia-Industry interface, Corporate, Technology etc with explicit examples from international eminent personalities in the field of entrepreneurship. This Civil-Military Fusion will begin by understanding the salience of the Indian forces and the civilians where academics will be an accelerator and enabler. Indian Forces need to adopt new technologies and therefore best of talent from the military and civils should come together to create a robust system.
The press release further stated that the GOC-in-C HQ ARTRAC visited the technical labs, where he was briefed by the respective Heads of Institutions, Mass Communication state of the art Studio and Central Library, a treasure house known as Integrated Knowledge Resource Centre which is stocked with over 2 lakh books.
Dr Atul Chauhan, Chancellor AUUP highlighted the character and ‘Core Values’ of Amity University and the vital significance of a sustainable long-term Defence Partnership to mutually benefit the military personnel and students manifold in compatible domains of academic research and project work in a highly motivating address to the audience.
Dr. Ashok k Chauhan Founder President, Amity Education Group said this is the historical occasion of signing the MoU between Amity and Army Training Command (ARTRAC), Indian Army. Amity always wanted to contribute to the nation-building and this step is the biggest towards it. Dr Chauhan called this MoU an unprecedented, unimaginative and of great ingenuity in the history of Amity and said Amity will initiate a targeted plan to execute this historical MoU.
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