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National Technology Day celebrated at NML

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Jamshedpur : City based CSIR- National Metallurgical Laboratory celebrated the National Technology Day today in the NML auditorium with great pomp and show.

Welcoming the gathering Dr. S. Srikanth, Director CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, said “In recent times, there has been a passionate and emphatic appeal by the Prime Minister and the government for “Making in India”.

For a country ranking 76th among the 238 countries in Innovation Index, 168th in literacy rate, 60th in technological index, 138th in terms of per capita income, 136th in Human Development Index, the call for “Make in India” may appear to be a big audacious goal or an aspirational dream.

However, if we look at some of our recent accomplishments, we will realize that we have the potential to indeed make this dream a reality. Now, there is absolutely no doubt that although the “Make in India” call can succeed with abundant indigenous natural resources, imported technologies and propelled by cheaper labor costs, better infrastructure, liberalization of policies and procedures, unshackling bureaucracy, promoting entrepreneurship, eliminating corruption and so on, this model will not be sustainable for long.

The only sustainable way to a robust “Make in India” would be to assume leadership in R&D, Technology Development and Innovation over the next two to three decades.

The chief guest, C. Tandi, executive director & head, IEOT, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited, Mumbai while delivering the Technology Day lecture said, “Science & Technology is necessary for the economic growth of a nation.

It solves the different critical issues and problems encountered by the people and society at large. It can give comport to a common man and enhance the work efficiency and enhance our longevity”.

While presenting on NML Technologies, Dr. A. Mitra, NML Head Business Development, said, “The growing importance of industrial and technological research is evidenced from the fact that more than 60% of NML’s earnings in 2014-15 was from industrial projects”.

He added during 2014-15 NML developed thirteen technologies, six technologies were transferred, twenty eighty patents were filed, 250 technical services were provided, generated industrial cash flow amounting to Rs. 20.00 cores and international cash flow of Rs. 2.00 cores.

There are 66 active technologies at NML in the area of Mineral Beneficiation & Mineral processing; Process metallurgy; value additions to leans and waste; Biomaterials; Devices and sensors for NDT evaluation; water & effluent treatment; and surface treatment. Laboratory’s Annual report for the year 2014-15 and NML Technology Hand Book (2015) were released by the Chief Guest, Mr. C. Tandi.

The students and the Chief Guest were also taken around the laboratory and interacted with the scientists. Later, Dr. S. Srikanth, Director, CSIR-NML along with the Chief Guest inaugurated the newly renovated and modernised NML Canteen.

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