A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) on 16th December 2020 to embark on collaboration efforts in the field of research and academic, and commercialisation outcomes for Bio-hythane Technology in evaluating the potential nanomaterial in enhancing biogas production.
The signing ceremony was held online via Webex platform from UTM Johor Bahru campus and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. It was represented by the Dean of Alumni Affairs and International Programmes of IITD, Prof. Dr. Naveen Garg and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of UTM, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Ismid Md Said.
In his speech, Prof. Dr. Naveen Garg said that the main objective of this MoU is to seal the agreement for the research project under MESTECC. “The first project of networking and related research elements was started between Prof. Kamal Pant (Chemical Engineering) and Prof. Ir Dr. Mohd Fadhil in producing methane gas from biological activity.
“Recently, both agreed to expand the future collaboration, “Bio-hythane Technology from Biological Palm Oil Mill Effluent” under various international research platforms. This project will not only be between IITD-UTM but also with Tohoku University of Japan,” said Prof. Naveen.
The UTMCS Director, Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Fadhil Md Din said that the collaboration between both parties was timely as both institutions acknowledged the importance of taking necessary efforts towards the immediate action-plan of young researchers’ platform, especially the co-support from UTMshine under the lead of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zainul Akmar.
“This event is definitely in line with UTM pledge to ensure its high commitment from UTMShine fellows to transform the recent agenda from enVision 2025 globally especially from this reputable Indian institution,” said Prof. Fadhil.
The Tohoku University will be joining the project as a co-partner in evaluating the potential nanomaterials in enhancing biogas production.
The signing of MoU between the two institutions has symbolized a partnership that will lead to many new joint research initiatives, synergies, and other value-added activities for both UTM and IITD in the years ahead.