Jamshedpur: CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory celebrated platinum Jubilee day of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), as well as 67th foundation day of the laboratory. Dr. G.K.Dey, Director, Materials Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai was the chief guest of the function.
Mrs. K. Muraleedharan also graced the occasion as a guest of honour. The foundation day function was attended by all the present and past family members of CSIR- National Metallurgical Laboratory along with around 120 science students and the teachers of the city.
Dr. K. Muraleedharan Director, CSIR-NML while delivering his welcome address informed the house about the different steps taken up by CSIR for the benefits of the society and thousands of young students of the country.
He also highlighted the glorious past of CSIR-NML through developing and transferring numbers of technology to Indian metallurgical and mineral industries.
Technology developed by CSIR-NML are largely based on indigenously available raw materials and aimed at creation of wealth from waste.
He has also dwelled upon the futuristic plans of CSIR-NML such as production of Cold Rolled Grain Oriented Steel (CRGO), Amorphous steel, rare-earth metals and magnesium metal. He encouraged the scientist to dream big as innovation and invention takes places in the mind.
Dr. N. G. Goswami, Advisor Management, introduced the Chief Guest to the audience. Chief guest of the function, Dr. G. K. Dey, delivered second Dr. B. R. Nijhawan Lecture-2016 on the topic entitled “Synthesis of Alloys from Indian Resources for Application in the Nuclear Sector”.
For the benefit of students, he talked in detail the science of alloy design, its synthesis and characterization. He presented few case-studies on metallic glasses, shape memory alloy and high-end ceramics to be used in strategic sectors such as energy defence and space.
He highlighted that besides contributing towards nuclear energy, Department of Atomic energy has made significant contributions in the health care, preservation of fruits and vegetables as well as development of disease resistant, seeds having high crop yields.
Director NML and the Chief Guest of the function, gave away mementoes and certificates to CSIR-NML’s employees who have completed 25 years of their services at NML and also to the staff members who have superannuated in 2016. Prizes were also given to the winner staff members for Essay writing competition.
Altekar award for the best technology transfer, B.R.Nijhawan award for best scientific paper, S. Banerjee award for the best in house research project and P.Ramachandra Rao award for best Technical and Non-technical staff members were also given for the year 2016.
The guest of honour Mrs. K. Muraleedharan gave away meritorious student awards to the staff wards who have got admission in IIT and IIM, as well as who have secured more than 90 percent marks in their class 10th and 12th boards examination.