The much-hyped UP-MIT tie-up has turned out to be a case of half information. According to sources, the collaboration was never even in its formative stage.
In 2014, Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU) announced that they will be setting up an entrepreneurial incubation centre at Institute of Engineering and Technology in collaboration with MIT. It was thought that, the MIT in question will be the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which is the world’s best technical institution. However, it has now surfaced that it is actually a private Indian autonomous firm called MIT Media Lab.
This was revealed after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sent an email to the authorities at UPTU stating that it didn’t acknowledge any collaboration between itself and UPTU. They denied having any knowledge about the affair altogether.
UPTU formal vice-chancellor had announced in April 2014 that young entrepreneurs will be provided a platform by contributions from collaborative partnerships between them and the government, industries and knowledge institutes like the MIT. They were supposed to have interactions with experts from MIT and other private and government institutions.
After that MIT Media Lab was sent a proposal. The joint UPTU-MIT lab team made a presentation to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and its chief secretary as well. The project was passed in April 2015 and was even sanctioned INR 16.96 crores as development fee and membership charge.
However, the whole project was cancelled after this whole fiasco came to light. Uttar Pradesh Technical University authority regretted the misunderstanding and said that they had no intention of continuing the project as they will not be able to use the logo of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and hence will not be benefited.
UPTU registrar, however, says that though MIT is denying having any communication with them, they had in fact sent an email to MIT. He also adds that they too do not have any intention of associating themselves with any other MIT other than the Massachusetts based institution.