The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in association with Purdue University (USA), will develop a dual degree program in semiconductors. The two institutions, according to the institute, will also develop international cooperation in education and research in the areas of semiconductors and microelectronics.
The two institutions signed a letter of intent on November 3. In order to meet the growing needs of the industry, the proposed dual degree program will focus on an innovative and cooperatively developed curriculum.
Undergraduate students with strong academic credentials and a deep interest in working on topics related to semiconductor devices, chip manufacturing and circuits and systems will be selected for the master’s program proposed to enable a rapid increase in specialized talent, preparing the next generation of the force of work of semiconductors.
The partnership would also involve research collaboration in areas such as semiconductor supply chain management, chip design, packaging, system architecture and advanced manufacturing methods.
The program aims to prepare a workforce to meet the global challenges arising from increasing microelectronics needs and changing manufacturing trends. As well as the exchange of professors and research scholars and collaborative research and discovery, learning and teaching and engagement.
Emphasizing the importance of collaboration, Professor Vijay Raghunathan, Director of Semiconductor Education at Purdue University, said: “The semiconductor industry worldwide is facing a huge talent shortage. Purdue and IIT Madras are implementing an innovative program to address this gap by leveraging the best human and curricular resources and leveraging the complementary strengths of the faculty at both institutions.”