Volvo Group Trucks Technology (GTT), the global research, development and engineering arm of Volvo, and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU). With this MoU, Volvo group and IISc will undertake research and development in future automotive technologies. The MoU was signed by Jan-Ove Östensen, VP Advanced Technology and Research, Volvo Group, and K. PaneerSelvam, In-charge Registrar, IISc.
Speaking on the occasion, Jan-Ove Östensen, said “Innovation has always been a special strength of the Volvo Group. This initiative demonstrates Volvo Group’s commitment to continually work with academic institutions to innovate in research and to strengthen industry-academia collaboration globally,” He also added, “With the agreement, Volvo Group and IISc will collaborate to strengthen the eco-system of innovation while undertaking important research in the automotive sector which is of mutual interest.”
Prof. Y. Narahari, Chair, Division of Electrical Sciences, in supporting Volvo Group’s efforts noted, “This MoU is a significant event to foster strong linkage between Volvo Group and IISc, which is mutually beneficial with an aim to transform the landscape of transportation for societal and environmental benefit”.
Kamal Bali, Managing Director, Volvo India said, “We believe we have been able to drive change across many segments, positively affecting the lives of our customers, passengers, drivers, operators, amongst various other stakeholders. In the emerging world, the road to progress is about collaborations and our partnership with IISC symbolises our ambition to foster research and development in order to fuel innovations – creating a positive impact on our society, while addressing the future demands of sustainable mobility.”
Other universities with which the Volvo Group collaborates globally include – Penn State University in the US; INSA in France; Chalmers University of Technology; Mälardalen University and the University of Skövde in Sweden.