MHRD-AICTE-CII International Workshop on Industry-Academia Collaboration New Delhi, April 14-15, 2013

The Ministry of Human Resource Development under the leadership of Hon’ble Minister Dr. M M Pallam Raju has put academia-industry collaborations as one of the top priorities for bringing comprehensive reforms in higher education. The Hon’ble minister chaired a meeting with industry, academia and government representatives on March 5, 2013 to understand the issues, aspirations, challenges and successful models. This was a preliminary consultation among different stakeholders with the following objectives:

a. To develop a common agenda for collaboration between Academia, Industry and Government
b. To discuss possible operational strategies
c. To delineate issues for a larger and more comprehensive consultation possibly with examples of international practices and models through a workshop on Academia-Industry-Government Collaboration on15th April 2013

The March 5th workshop agreed that R&D investment in India could improve only through concerted and intensified collaborations between industry, academia and the Government, through diverse measures such as internships, research projects, research and training facilities, research parks etc. Employability quotients of graduates and post graduates were much below industry’s expectations and industry needs to spend large amount money and time to train them before absorbing. Skill development has been one of the top priorities and sufficient amount of fund and institutional mechanisms were in place. The challenge is to effectively implement National Vocational Education Qualification Framework in close partnership with industry. And finally, there is an urgent need for a professional and sustainable institutional mechanism that facilitates industry-academia collaboration at all levels.

Slideshow at a glance...

Presentations by the Speakers

Reports & Recommendations

March 5 Discussions

Summary - March 5 Discussions Transcription - March 5 Discussion

Leading Outcomes

Task Force on Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship  Task Force on Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Final Recommendation
Task force on institutional Mechanism Task Force on Institutional Mechanism - Final Recommendations
Task Force on Skills & Employability Task Force on Skills & Employability


Kakodkar Committee Report on IITs, April 2011 National Knowledge Commission Report 2006-2009
Narayan Murthy Committee Report on Corporate Sector Participation in Higher Education 2012
FAQs on National Knowledge Commission Report on Higher Education

Models of Collaboration

GITA MITACS Innovation Clusters Presentations made at the Workshop on 15th April

Video Glimpse Of The Workshop

Mission Statement

Sowing the seeds of industry linkages in every academic institute, helping them unlock the potential for collaborations and preparing them to create human resource which is ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century.

Background Note

Science-based innovations, technologies and engineering determine global competitiveness and productivity of nations. Academia and industry should engage in joint research to encourage innovation and competitiveness in the global economy. Universities need to take cognizance of the changing needs of private enterprise in planning new courses and industry should recognise that support for education is beneficial. Big gains can be had if academic knowledge is paired with the knowledge of the market. In India, a number of initiatives for Academia-Industry linkages have over years yielded positive results in research, but, as these remain sporadic in nature, India's share in world researchers has persisted at about 2 per cent as compared to 20 per cent of the USA and China's, and while the share of R&D investments of the USA was 32 per cent, Japan 13 per cent and China 9 per cent, it was only 2.2 per cent in India. Significantly, an analysis of the share in R&D shows that in India, the Government share is 75-80 per cent, the private sector's share is 20-25 per cent, and that of universities is 3 per cent, while in OECD countries, the government share is 10 per cent, the share of the private sector is 69 per cent, the share of universities is 18 per cent and of the non-profit organisations is 3 per cent. As a share of GDPalso, India's R&D spend is about 1 per cent against a target of at least 4 per cent if double digit GDPgrowth is to be achieved. Currently, global investment in R&D is $1.2 trillion and significant share originates from the private sector through their collaborative research with academia. China has 300 research parks; and MIT has over 700 companies working with its faculty on projects of mutual interest.

Clearly, there is an urgent need for Government, Academia and Industry jointly taking some concrete actions. A number of committees have made several recommendations on this issue, significant among which were the National Knowledge Commission in 2008, the Kakodkar Committee Report in 2011 on Indian Institute of Technology and the Narayan Murthy Report in 2012. All these reports emphasised enhancing Academia-Industry collaboration for augmenting research, innovation, employability and greater productivity, through measures

Such as the following:

  • Greater curricular alignment of engineering education with employment opportunities.
  • Frequent dialogue between Academia and Industry through seminars and workshops.
  • Summer internships to enhance employability.
  • Adjunct faculty positions for industry professionals.
  • Executive M.Techs and part-time PhDs for Industry personnel.
  • Encouraging faculty focus on product development and industrial consultancy.
  • Industry R&D labs at research parks adjacent to educational institutes.

Presentations by The Speakers

Mr. Ashok Thakur

Secretary, Higher Education
Ministry of Human Resource Development

Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala

IIT-Madras Research Park

Prof. Peter Hodgson

Australia Laureate Fellow
Alfred Deakin Professor and
Director, Institute for Frontier Materials
Deakin University, Australia

Sir Mike Gregory

Head, Manufacturing and Management Division
University Engineering Department
Institute of Manufacturing
University of Cambridge

Mr. Shlomo Nimrodi

Chief Executive Officer
Ramot (Commercializing arm of Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Prof. Devang Khakhar

Director, IIT-Bombay

Dr. G. D. Yadav

ICT, Mumbai University

Mr. S. Mahalingam

CFO and Executive Director
Tata Consultancy Services

Mr. Jay Notay

Dean, School of Transportation
British Columbia Institute of Technology

Prof. V. G. Das

Dayalbagh Education Institute

Prof. Robert Hendrickson

Professor of Education
Penn State University, USA

Dr. Sujatha Ramdorai

Professor, University of British Columbia

Dr. Anup Patel

Manager, Engineering Centre
Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies
Nottingham, UK

Prof. Rajendra Srivastava

Provost and Deputy President
Singapore Management University Singapore

Ms. Anandi Iyer

Head, Fraunhofer India

Dr. Anil Kakodkar

Board of Governors, IIT Bombay

Mr. Hari S. Bhartia

Past President, CII
Co-Chairman & MD
Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd