An MoU was signed between IIT Palakkad and the Ernakulam district unit of the Kerala State Small Industries Association (KSSIA) on 12 October 2021. The MoU will facilitate collaboration for innovation in products and processes within the companies under the former. The MoU was signed by the district president of the KSSIA, Mr. P. J. Jose and the Dean of Industry Collaboration and Sponsored Research, Dr. Santhakumar Mohan. The MoU will encourage visits by faculty and students of IIT Palakkad to the companies at KSSIA, in order to identify scope for technical innovations. KSSIA members shall also visit IIT Palakkad to interact with experts and use the facilities available there. This is a significant opportunity for IIT Palakkad to promote innovation in the MSME sector.