Call to improve knowledge and R&D base to face global challenge
POLLACHI: The Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), G. Madhavan Nair, on Saturday said the time had come to concentrate on manufacturing skills that could withstand pressures in global manufacturing.
In his graduation day address at Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology (MCET) here, Dr. Nair said every country was trying to take advantage of its technological innovations by quickly converting it into commercial products and services. "If we have to excel in such a competitive environment, we need to raise our knowledge base and skill levels. At the same time, a strong research and development base and state-of-the-art industrial manufacturing infrastructure has to be created and sustained."
The use of modern computer-aided manufacturing and automated systems and practices would not only increase the quality of products, but also give an overall fillip to the growth of industrial sector. Innovations should focus on improving the quality of life of rural masses. "Seventy five per cent of the population of our country live in villages, and they are in need of our help in improving the living standards," he said.
Identification of technological strength, the resulting spin-offs and the content of indigenous technology development must be given due attention to reduce strong dependence on foreign resources. "One must also keep in mind that these cutting edge technologies are the ones that will strengthen the political, economic and the security structure of the nation. Through sustained efforts for growth of core competence and self-reliance in critical technologies, we can transform our nation into a developed country," Dr. Nair said.
Summing up the contribution of scientists to satellite and launch vehicle, he said sophisticated technologies and innovative application programmes benefiting the common man was the brainchild of Indian scientists and engineers.
In his presidential address, N. Mahalingam, chairman of MCET, said the demand for technical manpower was increasing as Indian economy was on a developing path. He was confident that employment opportunities would increase as every other sector was on the growth mode. Japanese and French were taught to students, besides English, to grab global opportunities.
A total of 274 graduates received graduation certificates. A cash award of Rs. 5,000 each was given to J. Saranya, T. Senthil Nayaki and K. Sumathi for securing university ranks. C. Ramaswamy, secretary, NIA Educational Institutions welcomed.