18 IITs, 26 NITs and 190 other reputed engineering colleges have agreed to collaborate, and around 200 institutes have already signed the memorandum of understanding
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on November 20 announced an initiative to associate with technical institutes and engineering colleges to adopt nearby stretches of national highways on voluntary basis under institution social responsibility, in keeping with its vision to provide a world class national highway network, and create a bridge between technical institutions and the industry.
The initiative has received an overwhelming response. 18 IITs (including IIT Roorkee, IIT Bombay, IIT Varanasi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur), 26 NITs and 190 other reputed engineering colleges have agreed to collaborate, out of which, around 200 institutes have already signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU), and over 300 institutes are expected to adopt NH stretches.
The adopted stretches can be used as a field of study for faculty and researchers to familiarise students with the latest trends in the industry, and suggest relevant performance parameters and innovations.
Under this initiative, partner institutes will study improvement prospects in road safety, maintenance, riding comfort, removal of choke points, black spots, usage of new technologies on the adopted stretches, and give suitable suggestions to NHAI. Institutes have also been encouraged to associate with the Consultants/NHAI during conceptualisation, design and project preparation, and suggest the relevant performance parameters and innovations based on experience specific to the local climate, topography and resource potential for a better socio-economic outcome.
The areas of collaboration for improving the efficiency of existing highways are:
In addition, NHAI will also offer internships to 20 UG and 20 PG students with a stipend.
You can refer to the official release here.
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