Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) and Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), Japan, which is the parent company of the automaker in India, signed a three year contract to start Suzuki Innovation Centre (SIC) with the vision of “creating innovations for India and Japan” by way of providing a platform for exchange of knowledge between the two organisations.
SIC will be operated as a platform for open innovation among industries, academia and startups. The centre will also support skill development and exchange of human resources between India and Japan. SIC is yet another milestone for IITH to play an important role in strengthening the India-Japan relationship. As a part of this initiative, IITH has offered the necessary support for the Centre within the Technology Research Park.
Speaking on this initiative, Prof B S Murty, Director, IITH said, “It is a result of cumulative success stories between Suzuki Motor Corporation and IITH over the years. The philosophy of this program is to create inclusive value for the Indian and Japanese societies. IITH will work closely with Suzuki Motor Corporation and other upcoming stakeholders to identify and address broad challenges on and beyond mobility, in India and Japan, on top of the synergistic combination of technology and design. The Centre is also a testament to the leaders we are producing at our campus. Very young and dynamic alumni of IITH, Vipul Nath Jindal and Prathyusha Thammineni, who have led the whole initiative from ground-up.”