PG Course in VLSI at Tiruvannamalai College

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PG Course in VLSI at Tiruvannamalai College

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between Frontier Research Center of Tokyo Institute of Technology and SKP Engineering College, Tiruvannamalai, recently, resulted in the college administration planning to set up a Centre of Excellence in VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) and Nanotechnology, at its premises in Tiruvannamalai.

In sync with this development, the college plans to start a postgraduate course in VLSI from the coming academic year. “Students who enrol in the course will be utilising the laboratory to be set up at a cost of Rs.1 crore as part of the Centre of Excellence project.

Students and faculty alike could design Integrated Circuits (ICs) and simulate their operation at this laboratory and send the model to Tokyo Institute of Technology which will fabricate a real IC and do a real-time testing of the design,” K. Karunanidhi, college chairman said.

If there are any bugs in the design, they will report it to the SKPEC laboratory, back in Tiruvannamalai, which will debug the original design and send it back.

The practice will continue until they achieve optimum results. If the lab innovated anything significantly in its research endeavour, it can claim patent for that particular design, he said.

The MoU was signed when Mr. Karunanidhi made a weeklong academic tour to Japan this month in which he met top academicians of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), including Kenichi IGA, president of this large Science and Technology University in Japan, and visited high profile laboratories there. Mr. Karunanidhi and Kenichi IGA exchanged papers.

“Agreement encompasses cooperation in the fields of academics and research, exchange of faculty and students. As a result, both the institutes plan to jointly organise an international seminar on VLSI technology in Tiruvannamalai in December this year or January 2011.

Dr. N. Mohankumar, professor, department of ECE, SKPEC, will visit Tokyo Tech in May. He will stay there for 3 – 4 months and work in the laboratories and teach Ph.D. students of Tokyo Tech. Then we will reciprocate by hosting a faculty from there.

During these visits, hosts will arrange for the stay of the guests. The president of Tokyo tech offered to waive tuition fees if students of SKP Engineering College prefer to do Ph.D. in Tokyo Tech,” Mr. Karunanidhi said.

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