Anna University to Create PLM Center with In-Kind Grant from Siemens PLM

19 Nov, 2008

The grant will help incorporate PLM education into the school's curriculum.

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software, announced an in-kind software grant with a commercial value of $23 million (U.S.) to Anna University in Chennai, India.

"Siemens PLM Software is proud to be associated with Anna University and looks forward to providing future designers and engineers our industry-leading PLM technology," said Narendar Reddy, managing director, India, Siemens PLM Software. "Today's leading manufacturers compete on the basis of time to market, product cost, quality, and innovation. We are glad that the students will have the opportunity to gain experience with technology that supports these objectives."

Anna University will use the company's technology to establish a PLM Center of Excellence that will bring state-of-the-art technical education in the field of PLM to students in the state of Tamil Nadu. Anna University will incorporate PLM and computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering tools into the curricula to help students develop a range of skills in digital product development, digital lifecycle management, and digital manufacturing. The grant is provided through Siemens PLM Software's GO PLM (Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management) program.

"Anna University has committed itself to be at the forefront in the service of the nation by achieving excellence in engineering education, fostering cooperation, and collaboration between academia and industry across the country," said D. Viswanathan, vice chancellor, Anna University. "We have been committed to providing our students with the most current, technologically relevant education to ensure that they have the skills demanded by industry. We chose to partner with Siemens PLM Software because of their leadership position in the PLM industry worldwide and their commitment to work jointly with us in achieving our vision."