Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Scin­dia: Link uni­ver­si­ties with man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor

- HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: In­dia needs to en­cour­age link­ing uni­ver­si­ties, which are hub of re­search and devel­op­ment, with the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor to be able to meet the de­mands of the mar­ket, said Congress MP and for­mer Union min­is­ter Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia on Tues­day.

Pre­sent­ing the GD Birla Award for Sci­en­tific Re­search, in­sti­tuted by the KK Birla Foun­da­tion, to Prof San­jay Mittal (2015) and Prof Umesh V Wagh­mare (2016), Scin­dia stressed on the need to fo­cus at­ten­tion on re­search and devel­op­ment, a crit­i­cal area for growth.

“In­dia needs to con­cen­trate hugely on re­search and devel­op­ment, not only in terms of fi­nan­cial out­lay but also en­sur­ing that we have the out­comes. For that, we need fi­nan­cial al­lo­ca­tion, but more im­por­tantly, we need cou­pling be­tween uni­ver­si­ties as cen­tres of learn­ing and knowl­edge banks and the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor,” he said.

Cit­ing the ex­am­ple of de­vel­oped na­tions where link­age be­tween in­dus­try and the uni­ver­si­ties are fos­tered, Scin­dia said: “It is im­por­tant to be able to un­der­stand which way tech­nol­ogy is mov­ing and to be able to supply that. Those in­ter-link­ings are very pro­nounced in the de­vel­oped world, whether it is the US, Ja­pan or Tai­wan. We need to get that cou­pling much more en­riched in In­dia.”

Shob­hana Bhar­tia, pres­i­dent of the KK Birla Foun­da­tion, said the award in­sti­tuted in 1991 is in recog­ni­tion of “high cal­i­bre sci­en­tific re­search” un­der­taken by In­dian sci­en­tists, prefer­ably below the age of 50, liv­ing and work­ing in In­dia.

“It was pur­posely de­cided to re­serve this award for a rel­a­tively younger age group and this unique fea­ture has been widely ap­pre­ci­ated by the sci­en­tific fra­ter­nity,” she said, ad­ding that at least three pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents have later gone on to be elected as fel­lows of the Royal So­ci­ety of Eng­land.

She said the award is tra­di­tion­ally given away at a pri­vate func­tion at the Birla House, as the res­i­dence was very close to KK Birla, the founder pres­i­dent of the Foun­da­tion.

The re­cip­i­ent of the award for 2015, Prof Mittal from the depart­ment of Aero­space En­gi­neer­ing, IIT Kan­pur, has been cho­sen for his con­tri­bu­tion to the area of me­chan­ics. Win­ner of sev­eral awards and recog­ni­tion in­clud­ing the INSA medal for young sci­en­tist and JC Bose fel­low­ship, Prof Mittal also works in the field of sports aero­dy­nam­ics.

Prof Wagh­mare of the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Cen­tre for Ad­vanced Sci­en­tific Re­search, Ban­ga­lore, has been fe­lic­i­tated for his con­tri­bu­tion to physics.

Re­cip­i­ent of dis­tin­guished alum­nus award of IIT Bom­bay, BM Birla Science Prize in Physics and the sec­re­tary of the In­dian Academy of Sci­ences, Ban­ga­lore, Prof Wagh­mare’s re­cent work is fo­cused on devel­op­ment of ma­te­ri­als that are cen­tral to the cur­rent is­sues re­lated to en­ergy and environmen­t.

The award, with a cash purse of ~2.5 lakh, is given ev­ery year af­ter a board com­pris­ing the pres­i­dent of the In­dian Na­tional Science Academy and em­i­nent sci­en­tists pick the win­ners.

 ?? RAJ K RAJ/HT PHOTO ?? (From left) Shob­hana Bhar­tia, Chair­per­son, HT Me­dia Ltd; Prof Umesh V Wagh­mare and Prof San­jay Mittal (win­ners of GD Birla Award for Sci­en­tific Re­search for 2016 and 2015, re­spec­tively) with Congress MP Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia at Birla House in New Delhi...
RAJ K RAJ/HT PHOTO (From left) Shob­hana Bhar­tia, Chair­per­son, HT Me­dia Ltd; Prof Umesh V Wagh­mare and Prof San­jay Mittal (win­ners of GD Birla Award for Sci­en­tific Re­search for 2016 and 2015, re­spec­tively) with Congress MP Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia at Birla House in New Delhi...

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