Postal address: Box 883, Mälardalen University, SE-72123 Västerås
Visiting address: Högskoleplan 1, Västerås
Web page: http://www.mdh.se/idt/
Contact person: Prof. Sasikumar Punnekkat, phone: +46 (0)21 107324.
In early 2015, Dr Sasikumar Punnekkat, who has been the professor of Dependable Software Engineering since 2007 was appointed as the Director of the prestigious Birla Insitute of Technology & Science in Goa, India. Earlier, he had acquired valuable research and development experience as a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization (1984-2004). He takes charge from K E Raman who had over 37 years of experience at BITS Pilani in various capacities. Read more.
The School of Innovation, Design and Engineering covers a large research field covering theatre, innovation, entrepreneurship, information design as well as product- and process development, network technology, aeronautical engineering, computer science and electronics.
South Asia related activities at the department
Prof. Sasikumar Punnekkat does research in Software Engineering and Real-time systems. He has been involved in collaborations with Swedish companies such as Ericsson and ABB, and also IT companies in India such as Tata Consultancy Services. During the period 1984–2004 he worked as Scientist Engineer in the Indian Space Research Organisation.
In December 2008, he participated in the Workshop on ‘Sustainable City – Systems and Technologies for Sustainable Development‘ in Kochi, India, organised by INSTEC (Sweden) & CUSAT (India). More information about the conference.
Prof. Punnekkat and Dr. Abdulkadir Sajeev (based at University of New England, Australia, but during 2009 a visiting professor at MDH) presented a paper titled ”Virtual Cities and Sustainable Development”.
A top-talent program in Software Engineering for Indian students with scholarships was introduced at the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering in the Fall 2008.
In 2008, Mälardalen University was also able to become the coordinator of one of the European Commission funded so-called Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window (EMECW) programmes, lot no 12. The project coordinator is Prof. Sasikumar Punnekat. EMECW lot 12 is a university consortium consisting of 16 universities, nine in Europe and seven in South Asia – out of which 4 are in India, and 1 each in Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The programme has been given the name EURECA ( European Research and Collaboration Project with Asia), and it will have a mobility flow of 320 fully funded students, researchers and academic staff per year. Uppsala University is a second Swedish member of the consortium.
The lot managed to get a changed geographical focus compared to what was stated in the original announcement, excluding Afghanistan and Bhutan.
The South Asian universities within the consortium are Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University in Coimbatore; Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala (IIITM-K) in Thiruvananthapuram; Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur; XLRI School of Business & Human Resources in Jamshedpur; Institute of Engineering at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal; Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan; and University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. More information about the EURECA project.
In June 2009, it was announced that the consortium led by Mälardalen University will not get continued funding for the coming period, but the mobility that has already started is in full swing.
More information about the EMECW programmes.
Linnaeus Palme collaboration programmes
Welingkar Institut is among the “Top 5” business schools (of 1800) in India, doing pioneering work as a frontrunner in the field of contemporary and futuristic management education on master level, with an integrated concept of design & innovation thinking. Mälardalen University (MDH) is a leading academy imparting education and research in the field of innovation, design and engineering. The School of Innovation, Design and Engineering has a unique multi-disciplinary approach to produce entrepreneurs, designers and engineers on undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level.
In 2007 an Agreement of Collaboration of academic exchange of students and faculty members between the two institutions was signed, in executive education and in development of a learning organization with focus on building an innovation culture. Cooperation has been frequent since November 2006. Welingkar Institute also runs a course on Masters level in Creativity & Innovation Management in cooperation with Mälardalen University and Munktell Science Park.
A Linnaeus-Palme International Exchange Programme was started in 2008. More information about the Linnaeus Palme programme, administered by the International Programme Office for Education and Training but financed by Sida. The collaboration with Welingkar and the Linnaeus Palme collaboration programme is administered by Dr. Sten Ekman and Dr. Annalill Ekman at the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, and by Professor Anuja Agarwal at Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research.
The Linnaeus Palme collaboration project with Wellingkar Institute of Management received continued funding for the period 2009-10, 2011-12, and for 2014-15 the project was granted SEK 696 232.
In 2014, the department also received initial funding, SEK 80 000, for a new Linnaeus Palme project with the International Institute of Information Technology in Bangalore (IIITB), India. The contact person is Profesor Sassikumar Punnekat. More information about the South Asia related Linnaeus Palme projects for 2014-15.
In March 2015, the department received SEK 80 000 as initial funding for a new Linnaeus Palme project with the Birla Insitute of Technology & Science in Pilani, India. More information about South Asia related Linnaeus Palme programme grants for 2015-16.
The university wide collaboration with Prin. L N Welingkar Institute of Mangement Development and Research (WeSchool), based in Mumbai and Bengaluru has given fruitful results. In April 2014, MDH co-organised an Inspirational Symposium on Energy Innovation (more information about the symposium) in Mumbai.
It was also organised an innovation platform Workshop on Innovations Accelerators together with WeSchool (more information about the workshop).
Both events took place at WeSchool, Mumbai.
Besides the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, the School of Business, Society and Engineering at MDH has also been strongly involved in these initiatives. The collaborating partners include the Swedish Energy Agency; Business Sweden; the Consulate General of Sweden; and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), among others.
As an outcome, Indian students now assist 11 Swedish clean tech companies in their ambition to enter the Indian market.