IITs, NITs to use National Highways as laboratories for study

IITs, NITs to use National Highways as laboratories for study

NEW DELHI: The National Highways will be the laboratories for field of study for the faculty, researchers and students of the IITs, NITs and other reputed technical institutions. According to union ministry of education, these institutions from across the country will adopt nearby stretches of the NH to study and get familiarise with the latest trends in industry.

The partner institutes will study improvement prospects in safety, maintenance, riding comfort, removal of congestion points and usages of new technologies, on the adopted stretches and give suitable suggestions to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for consideration.

According to a senior MoE official, “The IITs, NITs, reputed technical institutes and AICTE approved engineering colleges, have associated with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to adopt nearby stretches of the NH on voluntary basis.

“They will study improvement prospects in safety, maintenance, riding comfort, removal of congestion points and usages of new technologies etc. on the adopted stretches and give suitable suggestions to NHAI for consideration.”

Apart from that the scholars will also get associated with new projects and suggest the relevant parameters and innovations based on experience specific to the site climate, topography and resource potential for better socio-economic outcome.
Moreover, annually, 20 students each from the undergraduate and 20 postgraduate programmes will be offered internship by the NHAI. Duration of internship shall be of two months and stipend for undergraduate and postgraduate interns will be Rs 8000 and Rs 15000 per month respectively.
“This initiative will also instil a sense of contribution in building local infrastructure among the students fraternity. NHAI will support the creation of lab infrastructure in the Institute and may sponsor relevant research project that helps in using alternative resource material and improving quality of roads,” the official said.
Already, according to MoE, 18 of the 23 IITs, 26 NITs and 190 engineering colleges have opted for the scheme and so far about 200 institutes have signed the MOU for implementation of the scheme. The ministry is expecting over 300 Institutes offering civil engineering UG and PG courses to adopt the highway stretches all over the country.
Source From : Times Of India

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