Technopark joins hands with US laboratory

Sunday, 17 December 2006, 06:00 Hrs
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Thiruvananthapuram: The Technopark campus here housing over 85 IT firms, has joined hands with the US based Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to form a Technology Collaboration Council (TCC).

TCC will explore areas of potential collaboration between the two parties, according to a memorandum of understanding signed between them late Saturday here.

The parties would first identify areas of common interest for research and development. They would then seek opportunities to exchange personnel to work on technically challenging projects and participate in lectures and seminars.

ORNL is a multi-program science and technology laboratory managed for the US department of energy by UT-Battelle, a non-profit company. It conducts basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen US leadership in key areas of science.

The formation of TCC was initiated by IT firm IBS Software Services Pvt Ltd.

"Research is an integral part of the plan that Technopark companies use to create solutions and provide services for their clients. There are potential areas of synergy between ORNL and Technopark. The purpose of TCC is to empower our organizations to harness the potential ORNL offers," said Mathews. V.K Mathews, chairman and managing director of IBS group.

Said Jeffrey Wadsworth, director of ORNL: "This alliance will significantly enhance our own research and development capabilities, as it enables our access to both facilities and resources from Technopark.

"Besides, this will open new avenues in the way we conduct our research and manage projects by adopting the remote operations methodology practiced at Technopark."
Source: IANS
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