Governor inaugurates golden jubilee celebrations of institute

Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar, which celebrated its golden jubilee here on Saturday, transferred 13 technologies to their commercial applications.

Governor S. C. Jamir, who inaugurated the celebration here at institute’s auditorium, handed over the certificates to entrepreneurs.

Licence for manufacture of cold setting flyash brick was given to Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys Limited, Bhubaneswar. The technology developed by B.D. Nayak, chief scientist of IMMT helps manufacture of one lakh bricks a day.

Similarly, low cost biomass operated and solar assisted dryer for minor forest products was given to Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited, New Delhi. The technology was developed by A.K. Sahu, a senior scientist and his team.

Addressing the gathering Mr. Jamir said, “the IIMT has been playing an important role in the development of mineral based industries in Odisha and also in other parts of the country. Apart from research, the institute has given a lot of support to the rural population in the State by developing rural technology like terafil water filter, domestic stoves and agricultural equipment. This is indeed praise worthy.”

“The institute at present has 100 scientists and another 170 support staff besides 150 young researchers engaged in various research and development programmes. Scientists of IMMT would take forward the legacy of excellence with their knowledge and professional skill,”Mr. Jamir hoped.

Earlier, IMMT director B.K. Mishra spoke on significant contribution made by IMMT in mineral and material science. Director of Non-Ferrous Materials Technology Development Centre K. Balasubramanian dwelled on transforming an organisation into centre of excellence.