Anna University signed MoU with the British Institute of Technology and E Commerce (BITE)

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Anna University signed MoU with the British Institute of Technology and E Commerce (BITE)

Anna University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the British Institute of Technology and E Commerce (BITE), London, on academic collaboration for a slew of postgraduate courses in the domain of management and technology.

Under the MoU signed on Tuesday, scholarships that subsidise 35 per cent of the tuition fees have been instituted in the name of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as incentive for aspirants graduating from Anna University.

The ‘Dr. Kalam scholarships’ are for Masters programme run by BITE for courses such as nano technology, innovative management, innovative technology, engineering innovation, MBA in leadership and management, digital communication and business transformation.

The MoU provides a Fast Track Masters one-year programme in management and technology for students enrolled with Anna University.

It also allocates an extra year of study in the UK to allow students to gain work experience. Exchange programmes for students and faculty of either institution is another highlight of the MoU.

BITE admits around 250 students to each batch annually and will set apart 15 seats in each course for students from the University here. The net tuition fees for the two-year programmes amount to around £6,500 a year.

The signatories to the MoU comprised Anna University Vice-Chancellor D. Viswanathan, K. Jayaraman, registrar, Muhammed Farmer, BITE principal and director, and Terry Knibb, deputy principal.

Addressing the press later, Mr. Farmer said BITE would examine the feasibility of establishing a state-of-the-art nano technology laboratory in Anna University. As a project of this scale involved tens of millions of pounds, BITE would like to bring with industry partners and focus on coming up with marketable ideas, he said.

Asked whether a placement structure existed for these courses, Dr. Knibb said the academic programme was designed to have students gain on-site experience by working alongside experts.

Students get to know first-hand the processes involved in the application of knowledge in an industrial environment. BITE principally aims at a balance between placements in industry and laboratories dedicated to research, he said.

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