Visakhapatnam: Indian Navy and Indian Maritime University (Visakhapatnam) have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at promoting defence manufacturing, indigenisation, and innovation in line with the Union government’s articulated goal of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’ programmes. The MoU was signed by Cmde Arun Pratap Golaya, officer in-charge of Indian Navy’s technology development acceleration cell, and IMU-Visakhapatnam’s campus director (in-charge) Prof Kesavadev VK.
As part of the MoU, Indian Navy and IMU-V will collaborate to advance a culture of innovation, indigenisation, and research into cutting-edge technologies for warships, underwater weaponry, autonomous vehicles, and sensors. IMU-V is valued as a knowledge partner by the Navy. To strengthen its combat capabilities, Navy expects IMU-V to submit research proposals from its students. It will also offer students an unpaid five-month online internship, which will facilitate access to naval facilities and encourage the development of promising ideas into a product or prototype. Indian Navy has also volunteered to arrange for all the necessary industry support and mentoring.