As resources run scarce and the race to find alternative sources of fuel heats up, adapting and making use of whatever available resources is imperative, said nonagenarian nuclear physicist R V Ramani, during a lecture on Monday.
Speaking at the 7th S Krishnaswamy Memorial Lecture conducted by the Chemical Industries Association (CIA), Ramani pointed out that changes are taking place in a hurry. Hence, changing our lifestyles to fit in with them was important. “As the erstwhile Travancore State found out that wood could be used to make ammonia and fertilizer to augment yield of food crops and the world welcomed nuclear energy in the face of depleting fossil resources, we are today compelled to look at alternative inputs to meet our needs,” he said.
Increased, efficient solar energy harvesting, planned forestry, intensive research and development to derive potential from other sources of fuel are areas that the country should enter into with a determination and zeal to succeed, he said. Ramani also voiced his concern over the inadequate use of the facilities created in the past. “The facilities and infrastructure we inherited from the past have not been put to good use,” he stated.
The nuclear physicist turned-electrical and chemical engineer received the RASA RATNA AWARD from the CIA.
Ponnavaikko, Vice-Chancellor of SRM University, who presented the award, applauded Ramani for his achievements and emphasised that he was a role model for the younger generation. “His success is a true reflection of his intense love for the country and keeness to see the country develop into an industrialised one, strong enough to stand on its intellectial strength,” he said. P K N Panicker, president of CIA, and N S Venkataraman, secretary of CIA, were also present.