NML celebrates 71st Foundation Day
Jamshedpur: T V Narendran, CEO& managing director, Tata Steel on Thursday said that the biggest challenge in India’s target to reach 300 million tonnes of steel production by 2030, is the government regulations related to the environment. He discussed the Chinese approach of having dedicated universities and institutions for research and handling issues in production of Steel, Mg, Ti and other materials. He emphasised the need for new technologies for carbon dioxide capture and utilization and production of green electricity and green hydrogen.
The managing director was delivering the Foundation Day lecture on ‘Creating an Ecosystem for Innovation in Materials and Manufacturing’ on the 71st Foundation Day of CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML), Jamshedpur.
The foundation day programme was presided over by Dr. S. C. Mande, Secretary DSIR & DG CSIR. The chief guest of the function was Narendran. Prof. Indranil Manna, VC BIT Meshra was present as the Guest of Honour.
Dr. Indranil Chattoraj, director, CSIR-NML, in his welcome, briefly mentioned about the contribution of CSIR-NML in the development of our nation over the past 70 years through various technological developments and pioneering works.
Prof. I Manna, the guest of honour, delivered a lecture on “Perspectives and Prospects of Additive Manufacturing” in which he highlighted how additive manufacturing is becoming relevant to many industries by making production processes cost effective with minimum waste. He mentioned that this industry is growing rapidly and is likely to rise to $120 billion by 2025. As highlighted in his presentation, this manufacturing process has several advantages and is ideal for production of high value low volume engineering components and devices, which find applications in Automotive, Defence and Aerospace industries.
This year, the annual awards were declared and presented in the auspicious presence of honourable dignitaries. These awards are conferred in the names of previous directors of CSIR-NML. The chief guest, Narendran, felicitated the award winners.
Before delivering the presidential address, Dr S C Mande, released two issues of the Journal of Materials Science and Metallurgy (JMMS). These special issues are on “Advanced materials” and “Specialized and smart coatings”. The issues of the journal include contributions of various eminent researchers in the areas of advanced and functional materials in the fields of health, environment and energy.
In his presidential address titled “CSIR: Past, Present & Future”, Dr Mande mentioned a few pioneering works of CSIR in the past and elaborated on the present ongoing works and achievements of CSIR to combat the current situation of COVID-19. CSIR has worked on several diagnostic technologies (FELUDA, Dry Swab Direct RT-PCR) and developed a ventilator (by CSIR-NAL). He expressed willingness for working on collaborative future projects to develop CO2 utilization technologies, green hydrogen technologies and High Altitude Platform (HAP) systems (for applications in Telecommunication, Remote Sensing, Surveillance and Disaster Recovery).