The surface of automobiles is like human skin and deserves better care, according to M. Ramanathan, Vice-Chancellor of Annamalai University.

He was speaking at a workshop on “Surface engineering for automobiles” organised by the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) at Chidambaram near here recently.

Ashok Leyland General Manager G. Sathyaseelan said India must emerge as the hub of innovative product manufacturers.

He called for taking the fruits of research and technology to people.

Registrar M. Rathinasabapathi called for application of nanotechnology to improve the product quality.

B. Palaniappan, Dean, Faculty of Engineer and Technology, underscored the point that surface engineering played a vital role in designing products.

Director (DDE) S.B. Nageswara Rao spoke.