Jamshedpur, May 12: CSIR-NML celebrated 18th National Technology Day on May 11. Praveen Chorghade, Chief, R&D Tata Powers, Mumbai, graced the function as a Chief Guest and delivered Technology Day Lecture entitled “Research Application in Power Plant Technology Innovations – Break Through.”
National Technology Day is a very special day for Indian Technology since 1999. It is significant because India executed three successful nuclear tests, carried out at Pokhran, in Rajasthan on May 11, 1998. Also, the first, indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3” was test flown at Bangalore on this day as well as India also performed successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day.
At NML, the function was attended by more than 250 personnel including members of CSIR-NML S&T groups, researchers and post graduate students, project staff as well as invited guests from Tata Steel and Tata Power.
In his welcome speech, Dr. K. Muraleedharan, Director, CSIR-NML, highlighted the significance of celebrating Technology Day and recalled his memories associated with his participation in project Shakti as a DRDO scientist. On this occasion, he has also spelt out forthcoming CSIR’s year long technical program to be undertaken to celebrate 75th year of the organization.
Dr. Amitava Mitra, Head, BDM Division, made a presentation on technologies developed and transferred during 2015-16 at CSIR-NML.
Delivering Technology Day lecture, chief guest Chorghade described the parameters like global competitive index and global innovation index (GII), a measure of economical health of a common man in country.
He said India’s global competitive index 55 is a satisfactory one, however, global innovation index 81 is alarming and cause of concern. He highlighted the importance of collaboration between research institution like CSIR-NML (technology provider) and organization as Tata Power (technology user) for rapid and sustainable development of the country in general and in power sector in particular.
He emphasized that today’s laboratory technologies in the field of power generation such as supercritical, ultra super critical and advanced super critical technologies needs to be translated to its user to enhance country’s power generation efficiency, which is still around 37 percent.
He has also suggested that systemic innovations need to be performed in the field of renewable energy such and wind tunnels and solar energy. Praveen Chorghade also highlighted the journey of innovations and breakthrough in Tata Power in the domain of power generation, transmission and distribution.
On this day, a MoU signed between CSIR-NML and Tata Power, Mumbai, for the collaborative research in the field of power sector. During the function, CSIR-NML Annual Report 2015-2016 was also released by the chief guest. S.R. Hembram, Controller of Administration proposed the vote of thanks.