This paper examines the nature and scope of academe-industry cooperation, collaboration and partnership. It is demonstrated that complementary roles exist for synergizing the strengths of each partner for mutual benefit and common good. An analysis is provided of the barriers or inhibitors to academe-industry partnership, and strategies are suggested for overcoming these barriers. Some best practices for achieving success in industry-academe collaborations are identified. is emerging as a strategy for improving strategic collaboration and knowledge exchange between companies and publicly-funded research organizations (PROs). An annual industry-institute survey initiated by the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education), in collaboration with the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), aims to showcase the best practices in AICTE-approved institutions in India. Several other initiatives of AICTE and other agencies in India are also highlighted in the paper.


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