In a novel initiative to conduct applied research and tackle multi-disciplinary problems in the field of aerospace technology and its applications, HAL has entered into collaboration with IIT Kharagpur to set up a Faculty Chair here. The Chair will be set up at the department of Aerospace Engineering. “Our intention is to promote R&D and academic work in new and emerging technologies in aerospace industry focusing in the field of radar, electronic warfare, avionics and aerospace systems. A strong research base already exists at IIT, Kharagpur, in the areas of direct relevance to the future programmes of HAL and this tie-up will be mutually beneficial”, said Dr R K Tyagi, Chairman, HAL. The MoU was signed by Dr Pratha Pratim Chakrabarti, Director (IIT, Kharagpur) and Ms S Thenmozhi, General Manager, HAL. The HAL Chair will be responsible for carrying out research in various areas related to aerospace technologies, facilitating technical consultancy, training programs and addressing other mutually agreed activities relevant to the HAL. IIT-KGP will appoint a distinguished academician from the relevant branch of engineering as the Chair Professor for a period of three years. The HAL Chair will also initiate new academic / training programs; identify and initiate specific research & development at IIT-KGP in the specific technical areas, provide technical consultancy to HAL, facilitate development of training programs and training modules including mentoring/ coaching of HAL personnel for knowledge updation and capacity building.