IITs Launch Course on Electric Vehicles Segment


Electric vehicles industry is set to get the required push from the IIT students as the technology institutes are introducing automotive and EV courses

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are set to launch their new master’s degree programme on automotive and electric vehicles (EVs) as these premier institutes are drawing interest from the auto industry. These institutes have become a talent hub of engineers who can contribute to India’s most sought-after EV segment.

The master’s programme, reportedly, will kickstart from the next academic year. Automakers have been recruiting IITians because of their growing expertise in this field. Automobile giants like Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki, Bajaj Auto and the like have been employing IIT Roorkee’s students for their research and development (R&D) wing. Arup Kumar Das, a faculty advisor of Society of Automotive Engineers which is a students’ association working on electric vehicles, has informed that job offers in the IIT Roorkee centre are up by 30 per cent in the last academic year.

Partnership with IITs

The technology institutes like IIT Bombay, IIT-BHU, BITS Pilani, Thapar’s University, College of Engineering Pune and NITs like Trichy and Jamshedpur are associated with automaker giant Tata Motors. The company is keen on recruiting talent from these technical institutes and has been increasing its number every year, informed a spokesperson.

Industry experts have also said that IITs form a big support in co-developing technologies and the engineering hub, along with automakers, offer co-created curriculum to polish the skills right from the scratch.

EVs for hills

Shyamasree Dasgupta, assistant professor, school of humanities and social sciences, IIT Mandi, said that the centre has been trying its hands on EVs that would work on hilly terrains. The institute has tied with several manufacturers to assess the performance of electric vehicles and thereby upgrade the power range and stability accordingly. She also informed about working on designing business models for e-autos.

Indian Institutes of Technology have been incorporating the latest arrivals in the industry and has increasingly become the talent pool for companies. The newest update is that IIT Madras has been researching on public EV transport system with Essel Green, Lohia, Kinetic India, Electrotherm, Mahindra, Amara Raja and Exide. The centre was opened recently for battery engineering and EVs mainly.