Cranfield University has signed a series of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Government, industry and academic institutions, to provide education and training to future industry leaders. 

The agreement with the southern state of Telangana, which is looking to create a special economic zone for defence and security, covers providing short-term, industry-specific courses to companies as well as fully-fledged courses in Aeronautical Engineering. Other agreements with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and Aadyah Aerospace Private Limited to provide higher education were also signed at the Aero India event.

The rapidly developing Indian economy, coupled with the fast pace of technological change and the growth of the defence industry in India, has underlined the growing need for specialist higher education. India has recognised the need to modernise its defence capabilities and increase preparedness by committing to providing 40 million university places by 2020.

Sir Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Cranfield, also addressed ‘The Indian Aerospace: Investors Meet’ event.  He shared the podium with the Indian Minister of Defence, Mr Monohar Parrikar, and The Minister for Industries and IT, Mr K T Rama Rao and leading businesses including Lockhead Martin, Rolls Royce, Airbus, Boeing and Thales.  The panel discussed the investment opportunities in the growing Indian sector.  It was hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Sir Peter Gregson said: “We have a long-established relationship with the Indian defence industry. It has been a pleasure to expand and deepen our connections with Government, business and academia this week. We look forward to continuing to play our part in empowering the next generation of technology and management leaders in India.”

As an exclusively postgraduate institution, the University has been educating Indian students from Government and industry for over 70 years. These exciting new partnerships will allow Cranfield will work more closely with the Government of Telangana, to help meet the growing requirements in the defence sector. The Indian defence industry, in collaboration with academia, will work to address the demand and shape the curriculum for the next generation of scientists and engineers enabling students to be industry-ready in a globally competitive market.

The Indian Aerospace: Investor's Meet

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About Cranfield in India

Cranfield University is one of the world's leading universities for defence and security education, research and consultancy. 

For over 70 years, Cranfield has educated Indian students both from Government and industry.

It has close relationships with global businesses such as Tata and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited – building the capacity of the Indian defence industry through knowledge transfer both in the UK and in-country.

In March 2016, Cranfield University signed an MOU with Tata Power SED to explore the possibility of entering into a strategic partnership through research and development and academic study in the areas of defence-related engineering and emerging technologies.

The Indian Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has been sending its officers to Cranfield University for more than 30 years. Shri SC Bajpai, a Cranfield alumnus, has recently been appointed Director General and Chairman of OFB.

For the last 10 years, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), India’s largest aerospace company and Cranfield University has partnered in a “High Flyers” MSc Programme to prepare HAL officers to meet the future challenges of the aerospace sector in India with an objective of creating leaders who will lead HAL into a new era through by providing technical leadership to the organisation. Over 200 HAL officers have now participated in this programme.

One of India’s best-known businessmen, Lord Karen Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer and Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited and of Molson Coors Cobra India, attended the Business Growth Programme at Cranfield School of Management.

About Cranfield Defence and Security

Cranfield University is one of the world's leading universities for defence and security education, research and consultancy. 

Our staff and facilities are at the forefront of their fields, offering a diverse range of capabilities from energetics and forensic sciences to international stabilisation and cyber security.

Cranfield provides specialist knowledge to industry, security and emergency services, military, governments and NGOs, underpinning defence and security sector reform around the world. As the postgraduate academic provider to the UK’s Ministry of Defence, we offer a unique gateway to delivering practical education and solutions that make a real difference to the lives of military, security and civilian personnel.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.