SAP Research Award will net best talent

by csbhagya

BANGALORE: SAP Labs India has established the SAP Research and Innovation Award to recognize the scientific and research potential of Indian academics and their role in nurturing industry-ready talent.

“In an effort to set up formidable alliances with some of the best institutions in India, SAP is attempting to harness the Indian talent pool to establish collaboration between Indian Academics and SAP’s research and development departments,” Kush Desai, managing director, SAP Labs India told TOI.

“These awards will be instrumental in building an essential framework of knowledge-sharing between the industry and the academia of the country. This will go a long way in ensuring conversion of indigenous scientific ideas into business propositions,” he said.

SAP Research and SAP Labs India had invited entries on contemporary and relevant research topics like advanced web technologies, real-world awareness, real-time enterprise transparency and so on.

The selection process involved an initial round of online submission of a project brief, while in the second round, the contenders with the most promising proposals were required to submit a full-fledged project proposal.

Eight candidates were short-listed to present their projects to a committee of SAP Research experts and five winners were selected in the final round, including Prof Jalote, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIT), Delhi, Prof. Balasubramaniam, BITS, Pilani, Prof. Sanjay Kumar, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur and others.

The winning projects will be awarded a research grant of Rs 11,00,000 each for a project duration of one year, and receive an opportunity to collaborate with SAP Research and its partners.

SAP also supports education around the world.

The SAP University Alliances Program is currently established in Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand and Thailand.

One of the winners, Prof. Sanjay Kumar, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur, says, “We are grateful to SAP Research for providing us with a platform to incubate our ideas into business projects. We are excited to work with researchers at SAP Labs India, as this will foster sharing of best practices among the industry and the academia, a quintessential element that ensures success in innovation.

Published in the Times of India, June 2009

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