Partnership to identify joint research interests in fields like air quality management and alternative fuels
The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Birmingham to identify joint research interests in the field of air quality management, alternative fuels, e-mobility, power train and electric vehicle technology.
The agreement was signed by NB Dhande, senior deputy director for business development and corporate planning at ARAI, and Prof Tim Jones, provost at the University of Birmingham.
Air pollution experts from both countries will collaborate to create a blueprint to tackle particulate emissions in India, apart from developing and delivering solutions identified in the plan.
The varsity’s Vehicle and Engine Technology Research Centre claims to have a world-leading research profile in combustion engines and low-carbon vehicle technology, and works closely with the UK industry in engine architecture and advanced engine technologies, helping design engines and fuels for the future including hybrid powertrains. ARAI plans to collaborate with the university to also support the development of education programmes which will produce future transport leaders, apart from path-breaking research.
Prof Jones expressed pleasure at the prospect of contributing to the development of impactful transport and environmental research, and counted the partnership as another opportunity to strengthen the varsity’s commitment to India.
UK Trade Commissioner for South Asia and British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India, Alan Gemmell, was instrumental in bringing the two bodies together. He stated that the UK wishes to be at the cutting edge of green and EV-transport systems, and this agenda presents a real opportunity to partner with India. The UK is also the first major economy to commit to cut emissions to net zero by 2050.