26th July 2017, Plato HALL, MIT-WPU Campus.
Kicking off its ambitious drive to formalize MOUs with 1200 Industry leaders across India and the globe, MIT-WPU was honoured to host representatives from TCS, the global leader in IT, Services, Consulting, Technology and Digital Solutions for the signing of it very first MOU with Industry.
The event held at Plato Hall on the MIT-WPU Campus on the 26th July, was attended by Top University Representatives and Senior Faculty members as well as Senior Business Leaders from TCS.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Khandekar, Associate Dean of Engineering, MIT-WPU highlighted the continuing strong association between TCS and the MIT Group of Institutions and explained how the MOU signalled a deepening of our relation and making the best of the greater autonomy available now that MIT’s Kothrud Campus has been accorded University Status.
Prof. (Group Captain) D. P. Apte, Registrar, MIT-WPU explained a few unique differentiators of MIT-WPU and expressed a conviction that the University could work on a few key research oriented projects along with companies like TCS.
The gathering was then addressed by Mr. Sacheen Ratnaparkhi, Delivery Center Head, TCS Pune, who expressed great satisfaction in being the first company to sign the MOU with MIT-WPU and reiterated the commitment TCS brought to the table in wanting to mentor bright students on campus and helping them bridge the Industry- Academia Gap.
Dr. Jay P. Gore, Principal Transformation Advisor and founding Vice-Chancellor of MIT-WPU, expressed that with this MOU, one of his visions with MIT-WPU, that of research at undergraduate levels should get a boost. Research, he said, need not be restricted only to the engineering fields and highlighted with a few examples how research in other areas can add great value. Responding to Dr. Gore’s comments, Mr. Ratnaparkhi underscored TCS Pune’s strong research credentials and also its status as the global hub for TCS’ Manufacturing practice.
Prof. Sharadchandra Darade (Patil), Dean, MIT-WPU Group of Institutions, citing the adage “Well Begun is Half Done”, expressed satisfaction on this auspicious occasion and highlighted the need to ensure students and TCS can interact meaningfully despite the practical difficulties of having to manage packed schedules and geographical distances compounded by Pune’s traffic woes.
This was followed by a signing of the formal MOU, by Mr. Sacheen Ratnaparkhi on behalf of TCS and Prof. (Group Captain) D. P. Apte on behalf of MIT-WPU and then the documents were exchanged.
The event was closed by a vote of thanks by Prof. P. Subrahmanyam, Director (IAC), MIT-WPU followed by a photo session.