The new DRDO Industry Academia Center of Excellence (DIA-CoE) at the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) will collaborate with other academic institutions, technology centers, startups, and enterprises on seven broad domains. To this end, Dr Samir V Kamat, Chairman, DRDO and Secretary, DDR&D (Department of Defence Research and Development), signed an MoU with Prof BS Murty, Director, IITH, to establish the DIA-CoE at the institute.

IITH faculty and DRDO scientists have worked tirelessly to design the recommendations to meet the Defence sector needs. Many proposals in various areas were submitted, and 13 proposals worth several crore of rupees were immediately approved. The DIA-CoE will elevate this project and enable IITH, DRDO, and the industry to contribute to nation-building. It plans to work on ultra-high-temperature materials for hypersonic vehicles, artificial intelligence for missile and missile defense, space applications, adaptive imaging and image processing, nano ornithopter technologies, seeker and homing technologies, and additive manufacturing.