Bengaluru: Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), a Navratna Defence PSU has signed an MoU with the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK Surathkal) for co-operation in R&D for the development of emerging technologies and technical solutions for both Defence and non-Defence applications.
The MoU aims at leveraging the complementary strengths and capabilities of BEL and NITK Surathkal, while facilitating indigenisation of products and solutions in keeping with the Government’s Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.
National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, formerly known as Karnataka Regional Engineering College, is a public technical university and institute of national importance. NITK Surathkal is recognised for its strength in research and development in engineering disciplines, basic sciences and management. The institute lays strong emphasis on research and has collaborations with leading industry and academic institutions in India and abroad. It is ranked among the top engineering institutes in India and is known for its high-quality education and research programmes.
Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) was established in 1954 with a farsighted vision to make the country self-reliant in Defence electronics. Today, BEL is a multi-product, multi-technology, multi-Unit conglomerate which designs, manufactures and supplies state-of-the-art products and systems in a wide variety of fields including Radars, Missile Systems, Military Communications, Naval Systems, Electronic Warfare & Avionics, C4I Systems, Electro Optics, Tank Electronics & Gun/Weapon System Upgrades, and Electronic Fuzes in the Defence segment.
Bharat Electronics has been putting in efforts to engage in collaborative R&D in addition to augmenting its own R&D set up. Its recent attempts to outsource work to Indian private industries and MSMEs, or the path breaking decision to go in for Public-Private partnerships to execute turnkey projects, ensures that it is in sync with the Government’s larger goal of indigenisation and self-reliance.