MSRIT, SAP Labs India Foster Industry-Academia Alliance


MSRIT, an autonomous engineering college located in Bangalore, houses 23 departments for engineering, mathematics, physics, and humanities and is recognized as one of the best Engineering and Architecture institutions under VTU (Visveswaraya Technological University).

SAP Labs India, the biggest R&D center outside Germany of tech giant SAP, continues to deepen its alliance with the academia as reflected in its latest collaborative partnership with the private engineering college Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT). Under the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the two institutions have committed to making headway for various projects hinged on research and technological innovation.

“Industry-academia partnerships are essential for advancing research and development, fostering innovation, and providing economic benefits. SAP Labs India’s partnership with MSRIT is yet another step to foster our commitment to deepen industry-academia collaboration and explore synergies around emerging and new technologies,” commented Sindhu Gangadharan, SVP & MD, SAP Labs India and Head, SAP User Enablement. “We are also excited about introducing MSRIT students to entrepreneurship with the Young Upstarts program which aims at empowering young minds with the necessary technical and leadership skills to help shape their innovative ideas into successful ventures.”

In 2022, SAP Labs India has spearheaded several initiatives designed to support the future-skilling of the nation’s citizens. One of which is the innovation partnership with the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) that launched a brand new 16 -month-long management course to upskill managers’ knowledge of Artificial Intelligence encompassing Machine Learning, Statistical Learning, and Deep Learning.

SAP Labs India and MSRIT for Youth Upskilling

Today, SAP Labs India forges to be an exemplar of innovation that supports workforce readiness of both students and professionals together with MSRIT.  

One of the first programs of the alliance commenced this year in February with the launch of the SAP program Young Upstarts, an initiative by SAP Startup Studio & REACH (Research Engagement and Collaboration Hub) to empower students to jump-start their entrepreneurial journey. True to the design of SAP Startup Studio, the startup accelerator of SAP Labs India, Young Upstarts offers students in-person sessions from SAP focused on honing entrepreneurial mindset, and business skills including drafting pitches and other key business values critical to launching a startup that would thrive in the ever-changing business environment. Learning sessions are held on the MSRIT campus.

Here are the other initiatives included in the SAP Labs India and MSRIT MoU:

Young Upstarts

The program participants will have the opportunity to broaden their technical skills through mentoring sessions with experienced professionals. The student-partner initiative will also allow two student partners or campus ambassadors to join SAP Labs India and MSRIT’s developmental programs.

All-India Hackathon 

The hackathon participants, assisted by their mentors, are expected to create tech-based solutions that will solve problem statements provided by SAP’s business team. The event will be held on the MSRIT campus to be participated by university students from across India.

Academia Alumni Network (AAN)

MSRIT will be one of the pioneer institutions of AAN, a special interest group to be launched as part of REACH.


SAP Labs India and MSRIT will also collaborate for collaborative branding operations in designated locations on the MSRIT campus.

Sharing about the latest business-university partnership, N. V. R. Naidu, Principal, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, said:

“The joint efforts of MSRIT and SAP Labs India will help students unleash their latent potential and enable them to learn, explore and grow under the guidance of industry experts. We are looking forward to a fruitful association and are excited for our students to be able to contribute to technological advancements for SAP’s customers globally.”

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