Research Centre in Electrified Transportation inaugurated
ALIGARH: With an objective to focus on development of new means for saving Petrol, the Aligarh Muslim University has launched a Centre of Advance Research in Electrified Transportation (CARET), which is the first such centre of excellence in an Indian university.
The Centre which is dedicated to pursue research in the field of Electric Vehicles (EVs), Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and their charging infrastructure, was recently inaugurated by the AMU Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah, who is also the patron of the centre. Pro-Vice Chancellor Brig. S. Ahmad Ali and octogenarian alumnus Brig. Iqbal M. Shafi, who had come from Pakistan to attend the annual Alumni Meet, was also present on the occasion.
Dr M. Saad Alam of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Dr. Yasser Rafat of the Department of Mechanical Engineering who have been entrusted with the supervision of CARET, said that the Centre is enthusiastic to work in accordance with FAME-India Mission launched by Government of India in April 2015, which identifies Transportation Electrification as a thrust area of research in the contemporary scenario. CARET, which aims at bridging the gap between advanced research and industry application, intends to collaborate with government agencies and automotive industries for realizing a green campus in AMU and implement the research products throughout the nation, they added.
Dr. M. Saad Alam said that with the help of this Centre, students working in these areas will have broader prospects in the emerging energy sector with increased chances of employability.
AMU alumni, Mr Ameer Ahmed, an industrialist from UAE, Mr Masood Akhtar, another industrialist and entrepreneur from USA and Mr Faisal Saleem from USA have shown interest in collaborating with the Centre. Mr Ameer Ahmed has agreed to sponsor one student for attending a workshop abroad as exposure is crucial for the students to tap their potential and work sustainably.
Eighteen students of B.Tech., M.Tech. and PhD from Departments of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Statistics are working on diverse topics in Electrified Transportation including EV/PHEV charging infrastructure, V2G, G2V, V2H, H2N strategies, advanced energy storage systems, thermal management of batteries and application of fuel cells in transportation. The CARET has filed three patents.