21 February 2017

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)  and QUT have entered into a new applied research initiative that will focus in the areas of information security, combustion & health technologies.

IITM and QUT have executed an agreement to undertake joint applied research that is highly relevant to industry. Both institutions recognise that, globally, there is a paradigm shift in research focus and this initiative is a significant step towards meeting the new research challenges.

The IITM and QUT partnership began in 2006 in information security, and has expanded to include collaboration in other disciplines. A joint doctorate degree program agreement was concluded in 2016.

Announcing the development, QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake said, As a ‘university for the real world’, QUT has always endeavoured to focus on research that is relevant to industry and community. This initiative will help to address some of the issues that are critical to both our countries.”

Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras said, “IITM has been a pioneer in industry-driven research, and this is demonstrated by our commitment in establishing the IIT Madras Research Park that has become a driver of innovation.  This partnership between our institutions will enable cutting-edge research with innovative outcomes.”
About IITM (
Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) was established in 1959 by the Government of India as an institute of national importance. IITM is recognized world-wide for its intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of engineering and pure science.IITM has been ranked #1 amongst research and teaching institutions in Engineering in the India Rankings 2016.

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A new applied research initiative involving the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and QUT will help to address some of the issues that are critical to both India and Australia.


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