July 16, 2010

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between LSU and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Patna, India, has been signed with the intent of furthering international cooperation in research and education between the two institutions.

"Thanks to the proactive efforts of faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in Computer Science, this MoU is now an active exchange program" said IIT Patna director professor Anil Kumar Bhowmick.

The MoU provides a necessary vehicle to establish exchange programs with one of the best academic institutions in India. Three IIT-Patna students will travel to LSU this summer to participate in research projects, two in computer science and one in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

19 year old Spandana Lekkala, working in ECE, started preparing for her IIT exam in the seventh grade. She is working with LSU graduate student Rajiv Soundararajan on a doctoral research problem, and professor Ashok Srivastava, conducting research in "Testability of a Programmable Sigma-Delta Analog-to-Digital Converter" designed and fabricated in CMOS VLSI technology. The research she is conducting has applicability in countless applications: cell phones, cameras, radios, televisions, computers, etc. The exchange has been mutually beneficial and her work will lead to a presentation at a national conference. At the end of the summer, she will return to her school in India.

Professor Bhowmick was recently hosted by Dr. Jorge Aravena, Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) chairman, for further implementation of the MoU. "In addition to the educational and research benefits for LSU, this MoU opens the door to exchange programs that can be very useful for our industry partners, giving them access to quality engineers in a worldwide environment," said Aravena.

In ECE, professor Ashok Srivastava and associate professor Ramachandran Vaidyanathan were instrumental in negotiating this collaboration. Professor Sukhmay Kundu of LSU's Computer Science Department visited IIT Patna to document the agreement.

The LSU program was modeled after the IIT Program at the University of California at Berkeley, a program which is supported by industry. This is the first exchange program LSU has established with an IIT. IITs are the top technical schools in India, comparable to MIT in the US, and are incredibly selective, accepting only the cream of the crop after a national examination.


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Article by Shannon Norwood, Mass Communications Intern, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5478, tvabshire@lsu.edu



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