The Indian industry needs to evolve to become a contributor and not remain a mere consumer of technology, Director of Indian Institute of Technology – Hyderabad U. B. Desai said.

The Indian industry needs to evolve to become a contributor and not remain a mere consumer of technology, Director of Indian Institute of Technology – Hyderabad U. B. Desai said.

Stressing the need to develop manufacturing facilities, he said that it was unfortunate that we had to import simple components like sensors for fire alarms. He delivered the keynote address for the two-day National Conference on Advanced Communication & Computer Technologies, organised by the Visakhapatnam Centre of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers at the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory here on Friday.

Speaking on Smarter Societies Cyber Physical Systems and Internet of Things, he said that Internet had become ubiquitous and the world was now networked. Scientists and students alike in the audience were spellbound as he listed out and explained the ongoing projects on the theme in IIT-Hyderabad. President of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers-New Delhi R. K. Gupta called upon the academic institutions to constantly interact with industry. In view of the rapid pace of change in technology, there is a need for a focus on scientific and industrial research, he added.

Outstanding Scientist and Director NSTL S. V. Rangarajan expressed his disappointment at the researchers who failed to turn up after submitting their papers to the conference. Quality research happens only when you take it up with passion, he said, which was supported by Senior General Manager of BSNL Visakhapatnam Telecom District P. Nagaraju. Change in technology is possible only when the researcher works with passion, he added. He suggested that the IETE take up training of laypersons in the use of technology. The conference helped bring together scientists, engineers and scholars and gave them an opportunity to interact and deliberate various developments on the theme, Associate Director NSTL and chief convenor of the conference C. D. Malleswar said. In all 110 papers were submitted to the conference, he added.

Principal AU Engineering College G. S. N. Raju, Rector JNTU-Kakinada Satya Prakash, member Governing Council of IETE K Raja Rajeswari and honorary secretary IETE-Visakhapatnam Centre Abraham Varughese also spoke on the inaugural day. The two-day meet will have papers presented in eight technical sessions.

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