SAP Labs India and MSRIT Collaborate to Enhance Technological Innovation and Research
SAP Labs India has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT), to formalize their partnership with the institution, and further establish the various initiatives being implemented as part of the collaboration.
SAP Labs India and MSRIT have been working together on several projects since February 2023. One of the programs is Young Upstarts, an SAP initiative, to give students access to the tools they need to launch their own startups. Through this program, SAP offers in-person sessions to interested students at the MSRIT campus to help them gain an entrepreneurial mindset, draft the ideal business pitch, and among other crucial business values required to build a successful startup.
Selected students in the Young Upstarts program will also get the chance to work with seasoned professionals to develop broad technical skills. Additionally, as part of the student-partner program, SAP Labs India has aligned with MSRIT to include two student partners (or campus ambassadors) in their developmental programs.
Sindhu Gangadharan, SVP & MD, SAP Labs India and Head, SAP User Enablement, said, “Industry-academia partnerships are essential for advancing research and development, fostering innovation, and providing economic benefits. SAP Labs India’s partnership with MSRIT is yet another step to foster our commitment to deepen industry-academia collaboration and explore synergies around emerging and new technologies. We are also excited about introducing MSRIT students to entrepreneurship with the Young Upstarts programme which aims at empowering young minds with the necessary technical and leadership skills to help shape their innovative ideas into successful ventures.”
Adding his views, N. V. R. Naidu, Principal, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, said, “The joint efforts of MSRIT and SAP Labs India will help students unleash their latent potential and enable them to learn, explore and grow under the guidance of industry experts. We are looking forward to a fruitful association and are excited for our students to be able to contribute to technological advancements for SAP’s customers globally.”
Furthering the partnership, an All-India Hackathon will be held on the MSRIT campus, open to participation from students across universities in India. SAP’s business teams will provide problem statements, basis which the young minds will build tech-based solutions with help from their mentors.
Another project in the pipeline is a special interest group called the Academia Alumni Network (AAN) as part of Research Engagement and Collaboration Hub, with MSRIT being one of the first institutions. Additionally, SAP Labs India has also progressed to branding operations at MSRIT in jointly designated locations on the campus.
The MoU can be viewed as an acknowledgement of the continued business-university relations between the two institutions. With a concreate declaration of intent, both the institutes expect that the way forward will be strewn with ideas created by some of the brightest minds, both students and professionals.
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MSRIT is an autonomous engineering college in Bengaluru, founded by Dr. MS Ramaiah a great visionary and a renowned philanthropist in 1962. It has 23 departments for engineering, mathematics, physics, and humanities. There is also an MBA program available. VTU accorded full time PhD program from the academic year 2021-2022.University Grants Commission (UGC) &Visvesvaraya Technological University(VTU) have conferred Autonomous Status to MSRIT for both UG and PG Programs since 2007. All these programs are approved by AICTE. As per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), MoE, Government of India, MSRIT has achieved 67th rank among 1249 top Engineering institutions across India for the year 2022 and is 1st amongst the Engineering colleges affiliated to VTU. Since the inception of the NIRF, MSRIT is within 100 Ranking consistently and has obtained “Scimago Institutions Rankings” All India Rank 107 & world ranking 600 for the year 2022. All eligible UG and PG programs are accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA) and the institute is accredited with ‘A+ ’ grade by NAAC in March 2021.