Manipal University MoU with UAE-based Foundation for new course in engineering

February 04, 2014

Manipal Institute of Technology will have India’s first precast design and engineering course from the next academic session. The decision to start the course came after a memorandum of understanding was signed between the UAE-based Faizal and Shabana Foundation and Manipal Academy of Higher Education in Dubai on February 3, 2014. The Foundation will invest Rs five crore toward research and development facility for precast concrete technology.
“Manipal Academy of Higher Education will set up a lab for this new precast design and engineering course which will be part of BTech (civil) and BArch in the University’s curriculum,” said Registrar, Dr. G.K. Prabhu who signed the MoU on behalf of Manipal Academy of Higher Education. Mr Faizal Kottikollon, Chairman of the Foundation and an alumnus of MIT, was the other signatory.
While the research and development center will be set up by the Foundation, the expertise will be given to the University through a collaboration with Finland’s Lahti University of Applied Sciences. Soon after the agreement was signed, Faizal said, “Industry-university collaborations are always beneficial to the students, the industry and the nation as a whole. This new course will help the students to contribute directly to the industry which will change the construction sector”.
“We believe it has the potential to transform engineering education, said Dr Ramdas M Pai, the Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, “and we look forward to seeing the career possibilities and opportunities that will arise from this,” he added.
Explaining the concept of this new course, Dr Prabhu said that it could give rise to revolutionary changes in the construction sector, because the technology is such that it teaches how to construct huge buildings in a few months with precast material. “We are hopeful that the students will gain from this new course and so too will the industry,” Dr Prabhu said.Manipal Institute of Technology will have India’s first precast design and engineering course from the next academic session. The decision to start the course came after a memorandum of understanding was signed between the UAE-based Faizal and Shabana Foundation and Manipal Academy of Higher Education in Dubai on February 3, 2014. The Foundation will invest Rs five crore toward research and development facility for precast concrete technology.
“Manipal Academy of Higher Education will set up a lab for this new precast design and engineering course which will be part of BTech (civil) and BArch in the University’s curriculum,” said Registrar, Dr. G.K. Prabhu who signed the MoU on behalf of Manipal Academy of Higher Education. Mr Faizal Kottikollon, Chairman of the Foundation and an alumnus of MIT, was the other signatory.
While the research and development center will be set up by the Foundation, the expertise will be given to the University through a collaboration with Finland’s Lahti University of Applied Sciences. Soon after the agreement was signed, Faizal said, “Industry-university collaborations are always beneficial to the students, the industry and the nation as a whole. This new course will help the students to contribute directly to the industry which will change the construction sector”.
“We believe it has the potential to transform engineering education, said Dr Ramdas M Pai, the Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, “and we look forward to seeing the career possibilities and opportunities that will arise from this,” he added.
Explaining the concept of this new course, Dr Prabhu said that it could give rise to revolutionary changes in the construction sector, because the technology is such that it teaches how to construct huge buildings in a few months with precast material. “We are hopeful that the students will gain from this new course and so too will the industry,” Dr Prabhu said.