Jamshedpur, May 29: Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav was organized via an online webinar at the CSIR-national Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur, in association with Vigyan Bharti, Jharkhand Chapter. The webinar was conducted between 3pm and 5 pm.
Dr. Indranil Chattoraj, Director CSIR-NML, welcomed all participants and encouraged a discussion on ‘Great Metallurgical legacy of India through Ages.’ He spoke on the significance and contribution of metals and metallurgy since the beginning of civilization.
The program was organized by Dr J.J Pandey (Chief Scientist, CSIR-CIMFR, Dhanbad), Dr Arvind Sinha (Chief Scientist and Advisor Management, CSIR- NML), Dr TB Singh (Secretary Vigyan Bharti, Jharkhand Chapter) and Dr AK Singh (President, Vigyan Bharti, Jharkhand Chapter).
Snehashish Tripathy, Senior Scientist, CSIR-NML, through a presentation stated, “India is a leader in metallurgy and has been a manufacturer for over 3000 years. India is known for metallurgical wonders, astonishing technologies, and exquisite craftsmanship and has been a supplier of wootz steel to different parts of the world.”
Snehasish Tripathy discussed the civilization-wise development through application of metals and stones in a different period dating back to Mohenjo-Daro- Harappa Civilization (2500 BC) and continuing at present. He also discussed in detail the 72 years of glorious contribution of CSIR-NML to the nation, that commenced with the development of Low Shaft Furnace, Coins, over traction wire and metals’ powders to the development of advanced materials.
A group of experts from India participated in the program and it included Prof Indranil Manna (Vice-Chancellor, BIT Mesra, Ranchi), Dr K Murlidharan (Ex-Director CGCRI, Kolkata), Dr N Iswara Prasad (Director, DMSRDE, DRDO, Kanpur), Prof S Basu, (Director, CIMFR, Dhanbad and IMMT Bhubaneshwar) and Jayant Sahasrabudhe of Vigyan Bharti. Experts participated in discussion on the ‘Great Metallurgical Legacy of India through the Ages’ and gave their views on the development of civilization and contribution of different types of metals in the different periods of history.
Jayant Sahasrabudhe discussed the legacy of science that needed to be documented in a proper and chronological manner so that the future generation could learn and know about the contribution of their ancestors. He further stated, “It is a fact that we have lost a number of documented evidences and monuments due to the invasion of foreigners an example of which is Nalanda University that was set on fire by invaders. However, instead of pondering over the loss, we must move forward and focus on further development of our country.”
Dr Arvind Sinha, Chief Scientist and Adviser Management CSIR-NML proposed the vote of thanks.