IIT-Oil India deal for research

BHUBANESWAR: IIT Bhubaneswar and Oil India have signed a memorandum of understanding for joint research collaborations between the two institutions in the area of earth sciences, basic sciences and engineering.
The research works will focus on upstream, midstream and downstream segments of the oil and natural gas value chain entailing hydrocarbon exploration, development, production, pipeline transportation, refining and process technologies.
It will also focus on application of geosciences, engineering and design, chemical and process technologies, application of geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing studies for upstream and midstream assets including infrastructure developments and environmental studies, alternate source of energy, carbon capture usage and storage.
IIT Bhubaneswar director VK Tewari advised the team of professors to respect the essence of time and to continuously follow up so that the results will be visible. He also cited the spirit of National Education Policy (NEP) and the government’s Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan and Viswaguru by 2047.
He said the government has a lot of expectations from industries and institutes.
Oil India’s chairman and managing director Ranjit Rath said the students and faculty members at IIT Bhubaneswar can closely interact with the Oil India team through this initiative. They can get field experience of the technology involved in hydrocarbon exploration, he added.
Rath said both teams will explore new frontier areas in the related field. The long-term goal for the MoU signed on Wednesday was to build strong industry-academic interaction that will facilitate new discoveries in academics and develop cutting-edge technology for the industry, he added.