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CSIR Foundation Day celebrations at NIO
National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, observed CSIR Foundation Day on 26 September by keeping its laboratories open to visitors and by organizing a public lecture. Among the visitors a vast majority were students, about 2000 from 29 school/ colleges. Films on ocean sciences were screened and working of specialized equipment was demonstrated. The visitors were also given opportunity to interact with scientists. The public lecture was delivered by Padma Bhushan Prof. Roddam Narasimha, Chairman, Engineering Mechanics Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore. He spoke on "The Future of Indian Aerospace". The lecture traced the history of aerospace research in India and underlined its notable achievements including the launching of SARAS (14 pax light transport aircraft) by NAL. While presenting India's aerospace today, he provided glimpses of ongoing activities in development of aircrafts, UAVs, and space missiles. He felt that there is an upsurge in these activities because of sufficient budget allocation to various organizations, increase in domestic air traffic, and entry of private airlines. Prof. Narasimha felt that there is now a need to enhance synergies among industry, R&D institutions and academia. Concluding his talk, Prof. Narasimha said that like in Information Technology and Biotechnology, India can become a R&D hub in aerospace too. This, however, would need self-confidence, impatience, and hunger for global success in spite of many gaps and holes. In the afternoon programme of the Foundation Day celebrations, Dr. S.R. Shetye, Director, NIO, honoured 21 retired employees with shawls and Sanman Patra for the service rendered to CSIR. The 28 employees who completed 25 years of service received wrist watches as a token of their valuable services. Four wards of employees received from CSIR Sports Promotion Board stipend of Rs. 5000 each for excelling in sports, and one ward received CSIR Studentship award for obtaining highest marks in science subjects.
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