IITH-NIMS Joint Research Centre to be Set up in Japan
IIT-Hyderabad and National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan have signed an agreement to set up a IITH-NIMS Joint Research Centre in Japan. The research centre will further strengthen the ties between IITH and the Japanese institute and support the future leaders of both countries to achieve the best research results in the field of materials science. The agreement was virtually signed between Professor Hashimoto (President of NIMS) and Prof. B. S. Murty, Director of IITH.
In the first year, two projects were selected that are expected to contribute to the industrial fields (digital information and communication and low-carbon society-related fields) that have strong potential for growth in India. In the future, the joint research center will contribute to the strengthening of the Japan-India materials technology network. In November 2019, IITH and NIMS signed the first agreement on the promotion of comprehensive research cooperation between both institutions for exchange of researchers and scientific information.
Furthermore, in 2020, IITH and NIMS signed the agreement on an International Collaborative Graduate School Program, which allows graduate students enrolled in doctoral programs to stay at NIMS for up to one year for their thesis research works. To further develop the joint research with complementary strengths in the materials science field, young faculty members of IITH stay at NIMS with their PhD course students during the sabbatical leave period and conduct the sustainable collaboration with NIMS scientists.
Currently, scientists from both organizations are preparing for research collaboration after the COVID-19 pandemic end by online scientific information exchange and provision of samples.