Valeo today announced it has set up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) at Vellore Institute of Technology’s (VIT) Vellore campus. The facility was inaugurated as part of Valeo’s industry academia initiative, where a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with VIT Vellore last year on the establishment of this CoE. It was set up with an aim to support students and research scholars in automotive research, especially in the areas of powertrain, safety, power electronics and infotainment.
The 1,800-sq ft facility showcases the products and technologies of Valeo in the areas of powertrain systems, thermal systems, visibility systems and autonomous driving to provide exposure to students on the current and futuristic automotive industry trends. The centre will be utilised by research scholars and students for experimentation and testing of their projects and computational studies, the company noted.
Valeo said it has initiated joint research projects on emerging technologies along with VIT and the teams are working on five projects currently. The company is also working closely with the University to launch a joint certification course on mechatronics and an exclusive curriculum for the Master’s program. The company’s R&D division has recruited almost 60 engineers from Mechanical, Electronic and Communications, Electrical and Electronics, and Embedded Electronic streams, along with management graduates from VIT in the last 3-5 years.
Ashok Belani, Group President and Managing Director, Valeo India, said innovation is in the company’s DNA. In India, Valeo wants to tap into the vast engineering talent pool and their bright minds for innovative ideas that can address the emerging mobility needs across the globe, he added. Belani noted that the company’s teams are working closely with students across the country to identify and nurture new ideas to develop workable solutions to address industry specific needs.
This is a great initiative towards integrating university and industry and will benefit the students in understanding the industry processes, noted Dr Anand A Samuel, Vice Chancellor, VIT. He said the students will also get an opportunity to work on live problems of industry and solve them.