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N. Siva Prasad, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at IIT (Madras) at Jayalakshmi Institute of Technology in Dharmapuri
N. Siva Prasad, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at IIT (Madras) at Jayalakshmi Institute of Technology in Dharmapuri

The country needs at least 15,000 qualified Ph.D research scholars in the near future, N. Siva Prasad, Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Management (Madras) has said.

Inaugurating the national-level seminar ‘IRONS2K12 Innovative Research on New Technologies' at the Jayalakshmi Institute of Technology at Thoppur in Dharmapuri district, Prof. Siva Prasad said students should strive to dedicate themselves to pursue research- oriented studies.

Constant learning

To attain this, continuous learning and acquisition of required knowledge through various modes was important, he added. Mr. Siva Prasad used a power point presentation to explain the seminar topic in detail.

K. Aravind, Training Manager (South) of Bosch Limited in Chennai, delivered a key-note address at the conference. Addressing the conference, Principal of the college Dr. S. Ragunathan said technical symposiums, conferences and seminars were the appropriate platform for engineering students and the research scholars to gain the required knowledge.

He also said the college had provided a CNC machine for the mechanical engineering laboratory at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh, and was planning to establish a full-fledged tool room during the next academic year.

150 researchers

Over 150 research scholars and students from various institutions and research and development centres participated.

Professor V. Munusami, HOD of Mechanical Engineering, welcomed the gathering. Professor J. Balaji, Department of Mechanical Engineering proposed the vote of thanks.

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