Autodesk & IIT(M) to Start Design Finishing School

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 27, 2007

Autodesk and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) will establish India’s first ‘Design Finishing School’ at Madras where Autodesk will invest Rs.1 crore.

As per the agreement, IIT Madras and Autodesk will also undertake joint research projects to conduct outreach programs for small to medium enterprise (SME) market to improve the design and engineering skills of professionals, making their companies more competitive globally. The joint SME outreach program will be conducted through IIT Madras’ Centre for Continuing Education.

According to the MOU, Autodesk will provide computing infrastructure, leading 3D design software including Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Alias Studio industrial design tools and will assist IIT Madras in developing design courseware and new elective inter-disciplinary courses in the areas of product design.

“This MOU between IIT Madras and Autodesk helps in developing innovative design skills among students and create a sustained pool of skilled manpower in the country. The two institutions will work to proactively create training modules on latest design technologies and industry standards for the manufacturing SME community and conduct regular outreach programmes,” said Professor MS Ananth, Director, IIT Madras.

The student community allows students and faculty to stay current with the latest 3D design technologies and industry best practices, and engage with other students around the world on design projects. Autodesk will also conduct a design contest for IIT Madras students to encourage the spirit of innovation.

“Autodesk’s partnership with IIT-Madras is a significant step to drive deeper design literacy not only among students at this institution, but also other engineering colleges; as well as for sharpening the skills of engineers currently employed in the industry,” said Paul Mailhot, Autodesk’s senior director of worldwide education.

Looking at the industry’s perspective, Aravind S. Bharadwaj, Head, Advanced Engineering, Ashok Leyland commented, “There is an increasing shortage of skilled people in the industry. Initiatives that ensure students in India get early exposure to advanced technologies and trends in the area of design and engineering are welcomed and I congratulate IIT Madras and Autodesk on this partnership.”