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IIT Madras, Walmart Global Partner For New Tech, Training, CSR

Under the business partnership, IITM students and WGT staff will work together on a research project at IITM's IC&SR
March 11, 2022
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Walmart Global Tech (WGT) has partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) to promote research into new technologies, provide ongoing training to Walmart staff and collaborate on a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project for Walmart’s Indian activities.

The MoU was signed at an event in Chennai where Walmart Inc. Global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Development Officer (CDO) Suresh Kumar (an IITM alumnus), IITM Dean – Alumni and Corporate Relations Professor Mahesh Panchagnula and US Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin were present. Several Walmart members and IITM teachers were also present at the event.

Under the business partnership, IITM students and WGT staff will work together on a research project at IITM’s Center for Industrial Consulting and Sponsored Research (IC&SR).

Apart from that, WGT will utilize the space available at the IIT Madras Research Park to tap into the wider ecosystem and work with emerging start-ups in the IIT Madras Incubation Cell. WGT staff will also be involved in various IITM short-term and long-term education and training programs to help them develop their talents and meet the changing needs of the retail and e-commerce sectors.

Suresh Kumar, CTO and Global CDO, Walmart Inc. “WGT develops and manages infrastructure technology that delivers a superior experience to our customers around the world. Our business is driven by people and technology, and our talented employees in India will play a key role in Walmart’s global business growth and subsequent retail revolution. Many of our employees and I have been honoured for our analytical and engineering skills while studying at IITM. By joining IITM, we will help strengthen our teams, collaborate on digital innovation and strengthen the education ecosystem in India. »

Regarding the partnership with WGT, Prof. Mahesh Panchganula, Dean (Alumni & Corporate Relations), IITM, said: We look forward to making this partnership more profitable for IIT Madras students and other stakeholders, including teachers.