Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd and Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), has showcased the projects implemented by the alliance’s unique IIoT test bed, which was launched three years ago as a part of LTI’s CSR focus to support education of students from marginalized backgrounds. The state-of-the-art lab established at VJTI Mumbai focuses on technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, deep learning, cyber security to solve for society.
With the setting up of the IIoT lab, the LTI-VJTI tie-up aims to enhance awareness and generate interest in putting into use advanced and emerging technologies for solving social problems. This initiative supports deserving meritorious students from financially weak backgrounds. This lab comprises a future-ready test bed with new-age devices and simulators. It uses multiple standard IoT platforms for immediate use cases involving smart cities and energy sector.
The IoT lab has provided a platform for students to explore their potential and learn new skills to solve problems faced by society. It is one of the more successful academia-industry partnerships in our country. This model has the potential to be replicated to other institutes to bridge the gap between the aspirations of researchers and industry needs, ”
Dr Faruk Kazi, Dean of Research & Development, VJTI & coordinator, VJTI-LTI Lab.
Presently the lab is accessible to over 70 students including PhD, MTech and BTech students. Fellowships to doctoral and master students of VJTI from socio-economically challenged backgrounds are provided through CSR initiative of LTI. Till date, 1 master and 3 doctoral students are supported with the fellowships to fulfill their dream of pursuing research in the cutting-edge technologies. The research facilities created under VJTI-LTI collaboration are also made available to other than VJTI students/researchers through summer and winter internships.
The relevance of new-age technologies in addressing age-old social issues is immense. Students and their ‘beginners mind’ combined with the academic inputs can magnify the potential outcomes of these technologies. We are pleased to partner with VJTI on this unique academia-industry initiative and are earnest to launch more such initiatives that can be of use to a large section of society,”
Sudhir Chaturvedi, President Sales and Executive Board Member, LTI.