STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

International Meet on 'Materials' Begins at VIT

Academic and research institutions play a crucial role in nation-building and  social engineering, said Dr Muraleedharan, director, Directorate of Materials, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), New Delhi.

Published: 11th March 2014 10:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th March 2014 10:41 AM   |  A+A-

Dr-Muraleedharan

Academic and research institutions play a crucial role in nation-building and  social engineering, said Dr Muraleedharan, director, Directorate of Materials, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), New Delhi.

Muraleedharan said this on Monday while inaugurating a three-day international conference on ‘Materials and characterisation techniques,’ organised by the Centre for Crystal Growth, attached to the School of Advanced Sciences, on the VIT university campus.

He said that by 2025, the country  would be contributing two-thirds of employable youngsters to the world community in manufacturing and engineering sectors. He added,“We need to focus on institutions for producing quality and innovative youngsters in this regard.”

Tracing how the country had battled against British imperialism for introducing engineering education, he cited Hindu Banaras University as an example. He said the varsity had introduced the first-ever course in electrical and mechanical engineering. These institutions had become the foundation of active research and development programme for the country, he added.

Muraleedharan explained how the defence materials research labs were employing  state-of-the art equipment and technologies to improve property-structure-property relationships and to understand the micro structural revolution and stability aspects.

Dr P Ramasamy, president of the Indian Association of Crystal Growth and former Vice-Chancellor of Alagappa University said the university system had been a special one to promote research by energetic youngsters. The contribution of scientists was not just to promote academic excellence but to benefit society as a whole, he said,  citing the example of Roentgen, who had discovered X-rays. “While the Nobel prize was to honour him for his innovation, by rewarding scientists, we are rewarding society,” he said.

Dr V M Chandrasekaran, Dean of the School of Advanced Sciences, said the conference was being held to commemorate the declaration of 2014 as the ‘Year of Crystallography’ by the United Nations.

He said around 800 scientists from across the country and nine other scientists from overseas were participating in the three-day event at VIT.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp