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?Indian scientific research declining?

??INDIA IS emerging as the top knowledge processing and investment destination in the world. The economy is growing well but our strength in scientific research is on a decline. The university system in India must undergo reforms and concentrate on quality teaching and research activities.??

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 00:13 IST

‘‘INDIA IS emerging as the top knowledge processing and investment destination in the world. The economy is growing well but our strength in scientific research is on a decline. The university system in India must undergo reforms and concentrate on quality teaching and research activities.’’

These views were expressed by former director of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Prof S K Joshi who was chief guest at the foundation day function of Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore, today. Prof Joshi emphasised on development of economic sense of research and link between scientists and entrepreneurs.

Prof Joshi asked the RRCAT staff to get training in patent and copyright related works so as to protect inventions and research outputs from being copied.

Speaking about the Centre, Prof Joshi said that foundation day was a time for introspection and evaluation of the past year and for planning the coming year. Paying homage to Dr Raja Ramanna, he elaborated that the scientific progress of the
country has been possible because of mentors like Dr Ramanna.

Prof Joshi congratulated the RRCAT team for its contribution to recognition of India’s competence. He also hoped that India would become top economic power and intellectual hub by 2025.

The foundation day function was held at the RRCAT auditorium. The function began with a welcome speech by RRCAT Laser Plasma Division Head Dr P D Gupta. Centre Indus II Project Manager S Kotaiah escorted RRCAT Director Dr V C Sahni and Prof Joshi to the dais.

Dr Sahni gave a presentation on the scientific accomplishments of RRCAT during the previous year. He said that the genesis of RRCAT lay in realisation of potential of laser and related research. He informed that the Centre was established in February 1984, but the foundation day celebrations began only from last year.

Dr Sahni gave the report of progress of Indus II in his presentation. He gave brief demonstration of various techniques and equipment used in accelerating laser energy.

He mentioned that RRCAT supplied instruments and laser systems to automobile industries, hospitals, research centres and other industries. The RRCAT staff had evolved certain equipment for land levelling, reprocessing of spent fuel, diagnostic purpose and spectroscopy with its research-based activities.

According to Dr Sahni, research work mainly revolves around accelerators and laser beams and their transport and storage. The upcoming projects of RRCAT include temperature sensors, harmonic generators and high power carbon-dioxide lasers. Dr Sahni presented a homemade laser memento to Prof Joshi. S Kotaiah proposed the vote of thanks.