Hindustan University



Date :14/06/2017

In consonance with its commitment to promote innovation, Hindustan University, Chennai has today provided a sponsorship of Rs.11.5 lakhs to Hyperloop India team. It is the first and only team from India (among only 2 from Asia) to have advanced to the final stage of SpaceX Competition Weekend II to be held soon in Hawthorne, California, USA.Starting small in Pilani, Hyperloop India has grown to become the largest student-driven multi-disciplinary team of its kind, constituting of students and faculty advisors from the top engineering and business schools of the country.

A MOU to confirm the sponsorship was signed between Hindustan University and Workbench Projects today (7th July 2017) at Hindustan University campus and the sponsorship cheque of Rs.11.50 lakhs was handed over to Workbench Projects team. The OrcaPod designed by the Hyperloop India team shall be unveiled in the last week of July 2017 @ Bengaluru.

Signing the MOU, Mr.Ashok Verghese, Director, Hindustan University, appreciated the innovative initiative by the students team and expressed hopes that the team shall make our nation proud by winning the competition. He said, “As a country poised towards growth, India, has to encourage innovation to bring about solutions to its diverse problems. Also, the purpose of engineers is to resolve those problems in a technically feasible and commercially viable mode”.

“It is the innate duty of the higher education institutions to identify and nurture innovative talents among students and encourage them to work upon finding effective solutions which shall pace up our development agenda”, he added. Wishing the best to the contesting team, he also appreciated the initiatives of Mr.Pavan & his Workbench Projects team in supporting innovation.

Mr.Pavan Kumar, Founder-CEO & Ms.Anupama Gowda, Co-founder, Workbench Projects, Bengaluru, expressed their thanks on behalf of the Hyperloop India team for the sponsorship support. Mr.Pavan said, “Such a positive support from a premier higher educational institution like Hindustan University provides a lot of motivation to encourage innovation”. Ms.Anupama appreciated the enthusiasm of the team at Hindustan University to support the Hyperloop India team and expressed happiness to be associated through this initiative.

Dr.N.Vasudevan, Dean (Academics), Dr.M.Ramakrishnan, Professor & Head, SIEMENDES, Dr.M.K.Badrinarayanan & Mr.S.K.Shankar, Coordinators of the Hindustan Technology Business Incubator (HTBI) were present during the signing event.

Mr.Ashok Verghese, Director, Hindustan University and Mr.Pavan Kumar & Ms.Anupama Gowda, Workbench Projects, signing the MOULeft to Right: Dr.M.Ramakrishnan, Dr.N.Vasudevan, Mr.Ashok Verghese, Ms.Anupama Gowda, Mr.Pavan Kumar, Dr.M.K.Badrinarayanan, Mr.S.K.Shankar