Saturday, December 9, 2023

NML celebrates CSIR Foundation Day

Jamshedpur : Jamshedpur based CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, celebrated the 71st CSIR Foundation Day. The function was attended by NML’s scientific and technical staff, invited retirees and guests, above 200 school students from Kerala Samajam Model School, Sakchi and Atomic Energy Central School-1, Jaduguda.
CSIR-NML Director, Dr. S. Srikanth while delivering the welcome address, mentioned NML’s effort in the recently undertaken School-NML Interactive Programme organized every Friday for motivating school students towards a science career.
CSIR is granted 90% of US patents granted to any Indian publicly funded R&D organization. On an average CSIR files about 200 Indian patents and 250 foreign patents per year. About 9% of CSIR patents are licensed � a number is above the global average amongst its peers in publicly funded research organizations in the world. CSIR is a leader in terms of filing and securing patents worldwide.
The Chief Guest to the occasion Dr. P.R. Vasudeva Rao, Distinguished Scientist & Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu delivered the Foundation Day lecture on “Nuclear Energy: A Historical Perspective”. He draw a comparative study on the development of CSIR & Dept. of Atomic Energy (DAE). Both the organizations were born around the same time, stand for indigenous development, intellectual base that can handle all S&T issues, societal outlook and solving nations problems. He started the talk relating to “WHY one should study Science history?” He felt Knowledge of person, their multiple expertise and their innovative spirit is a source of great inspiration.
The Guest of Honor Dr. T. Mukherjee, former Vice President, Tata Steel while giving emphasis on the importance of innovation said, “Radical innovation has changed our life. It redefines the basis of competitive advantage and for the metallurgical industry in India to grow we need directed innovation”. He said “one should dream and dream to aspire in terms of innovation.” He referred to a case study in China where the technical manpower working in a production centre was limited whereas in R&D centre it was a large number contributing to materialize the intellectual output.

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