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Innovation is the need of the hour, says Kota Harinarayana

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Honorary doctorate conferred on designer of Light Combat Aircraft

Chief designer of Light Combat Aircraft Kota Harinarayana being conferred the Degree of Doctor of Science of Acharya Nagarjuna University by Vice-Chancellor K. Viyanna Rao at the 32nd convocation held on Thursday. Rector Y.P. Rama Subbaiah and Registrar RRL Kantham are seen.—Photo: T VIJAYA KUMAR
Chief designer of Light Combat Aircraft Kota Harinarayana being conferred the Degree of Doctor of Science of Acharya Nagarjuna University by Vice-Chancellor K. Viyanna Rao at the 32nd convocation held on Thursday. Rector Y.P. Rama Subbaiah and Registrar RRL Kantham are seen.—Photo: T VIJAYA KUMAR

“Innovation is nobody’s monopoly. If somebody in west can do it, we can do it as well, even better at a much lower cost,” the words coming from chief designer of Light Combat Aircraft Kota Harinarayana seemed to have struck a chord among the degree recipients.

Dr. Harinarayana designed the LCA, which is the smallest and lightest fighter of its class in the world and is one of the five world hot spots in innovation and technology identified by the popular US magazine ‘Week.’

Telling the story of how he had developed the LCA against heavy odds at the 32nd convocation of Acharya Nagarjuna University held here on Thursday, Dr. Harinarayana said that an US magazine carried a report in December 2000 in which it said that India would never be able to fly LCA due to its complex technologies and the US sanctions. A determined team headed by Dr. Harinarayana invented the LCA and flew the aircraft on January 4, 2001 in a flawless mission.

“We built the best software in the world that helped us to design and manufacture advanced composite parts. The new A 380 aircraft used this software too,” said Dr. Harinarayana, who is currently D.S Kothari, DRDO Chair, Aeronautical Development Agency, Bangalore.

Earlier, Dr. Harinarayana was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Sciences of Acharya Nagarajuna University by Vice-Chancellor K. Viyanna Rao.

In his convocation address, Dr. Harinarayana said, “We need innovation in every sphere, in every walk of life across the length and breadth of the country.”

He said that there was a need for innovative engineering in the competitive world.

The borders between science and engineering have vanished and the time has come for engineers to learn from nature and to make products bottom up.

Nanotechnology, biotechnology, cognitive sciences and information technologies are the foundations on which new innovations, new products are synthesised, he said.

Change management

Calling upon the students to master the aspect of ‘change management’, he said that lifelong learning and adaptability was the key characteristics of leadership.

Rector of the University Y.P. Rama Subbaiah and registrar R.R.L. Kantham were present. In his report, Vice Chancellor K. Viyanna Rao said that research has been given top priority during the last academic year.

Over 260 papers in national and international journals and eight books have been published since April 2011. The University has received total grants to the tune of Rs8.62 crore from UGC for major research projects/fellowships and grants.

The University has conducted 28 national seminars and two international seminars, the V-C added.

In the convocation, 171 candidates received their Ph.D. Degrees, 53 candidates their M.Phil. Degrees. Similarly, 107 Gold Medals and eight Prizes were awarded to the candidates recognizing their merit.


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