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#IP 1118 25 - 31 Jan 2016

103rd Indian Science Congress

The 103rd Indian Science Congress from Jan 3 to 7, 2016 was organized by ISCA, New Delhi in association with the University of Mysore. The Indian Science Congress was attended by over 12,500 delegates, 6 Nobel laureates and scientists from India and abroad.  The Indian Science Congress is a platform for knowledge sharing and knowledge exchange activity leading to the enhancement of knowledge in varied fields. The scientists participated by presenting research papers in their respective field and on the changes taking place in the field of Science and Technology.

The theme chosen for this session of the Indian Science Congress was "Science and Technology for Indigenous development in India". With nearly 20,000 brilliant brains converging at the 103rd Science Congress, a roadmap for the indigenous Science and Technology was drawn more specifically to meet the societal expectation of our country. Prime Minister  Narendra Modi delivered the inaugural speech of 103rd Indian Science Congress at University of Mysore.

CSIR Labs participated in the 103 Indian Science Congress and put up a brilliant show. People from various  professions, school and college students visited CSIR stall and enquired about the scientific activities of CSIR-NAL.


#IP 1117 18 - 24 Jan 2016

ADAMYA CHETANA MAHOTSAV

Adamya Chetana Mahotsav  was held from 31st Dec 2015 to 3rd Jan 2016 at National High School Grounds in Basavanagudi, Bengaluru. The Mahotsav saw  two initiatives -- Kalam-Salaam and Green Bharat.

 The Mahotsav  was inaugurated by Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar. Kalam-Salaam, an exhibition dedicated to former president A P J Abdul Kalam. The amazing contributions of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in the areas of space, aviation and defence are astounding. He was not just a scientist but also a great visionary, who had a concrete plan for the country and worked relentlessly. As a tribute to this great SON OF MOTHER INDIA, missile-man Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, a unique exhibition was arranged with actual creations, models, short films, posters and demos. The organizations participated included Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Adamya Chetana felicitated India’s top space & aerospace scientists on 1st Jan 2016.

The products on display at the CSIR-NAL stall were Co-cured composite parts of Tejas, Autoclave and Carbon fibre. Daily on an average around 3000 students visited the NAL stall.

The idea of the exhibition was not only to quench the technical thirst of young minds, it was  also to showcase the PRIDE OF INDIA. The scientists themselves were present to explain about  their models, charts and live demos to showcase the achievements of "Made in India" and motivate for MAKE IN INDIA. Adamya Chetana organizers along with NAL, ISRO, ADA, DRDO labs put up  an excellent show.


#IP 1116 11 - 17 Jan 2016

Prof Satish Dhawan Young Engineer Award

Dr. Prasanta Kumar Panda, Chief Scientist, Material Science Division, CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL), Bangalore is awarded “Prof Satish Dhawan Young Engineer Award” for the year 2013 in appreciation and recognition of his contribution in the field of “Engineering Sciences”. The award was presented by Sri Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka on 30th December 2015 at J. N. Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in the presence of Bharat Ratna Prof. C N R Rao and Prof. Anurag Kumar, Director, Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST) has constituted a high-level committee consisting of many eminent scientists under the Chairmanship of Prof. C N R Rao to select eligible Scientists & Engineers for these awards.

Dr.Panda joined CSIR-NAL in 1993 as Scientist-C and currently working as Chief Scientist since Feb. 2012. He obtained his Ph.D. from INSA De Lyon, France (1996-99) based on the thesis titled “Thermal Shock and Thermal Fatigue Study of Ceramics”. He was selected as Raman Research Fellow (RRF) by CSIR to work in NUS, Singapore on “Nanofibers by Electrospinning Technique” for six months during 2004-05.    

Dr.Panda is currently engaged on “Development of Piezoelectric Ceramics and Devices” for aerospace and energy harvesting applications and “Synthesis of Ceramic and Polymer Nanofiber Membranes ” for removal of microbial elements from water. He has also developed low density alumina tri-hydrate, patented the process and transferred the technology. Dr.Panda also prepared high purity alpha-alumina by hydrothermal method.

Dr.Panda published more than 40 research papers in international journals and presented / published 57 papers in national / international conferences. He has contributed two chapters in books, granted eight patents and delivered  more than 25 invited talks.

Dr.Panda received NAL Young Scientist Award (1998), INAE Young Engineer Award (1998), best poster award at 3rd International Refractory Congress (1998), Patent Innovation Award (AMULYA-2012) from Karnataka State Innovation Council, Shri Pawan Nagpal Memorial Award of Indian Ceramic Society (2013), Poster award in International Conference on Emerging Materials and Processes (2014).

Congratulations Sir!


#IP 1115 4 - 10 Jan 2016

Adieu to Mr H N Sudheendra

After a marathon innings of 38 years at NAL,  Mr H N Sudheendra, Chief Scientist and Head, Advanced Composites Division (ACD) superannuated on 31st December 2015.  He joined NAL as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in 1977 and rose to the position of the Head in 2009.

He commenced his career in Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE) of advanced composites for aircraft structures wherein he established state-of-the art facilities from scratch.  He played a stellar role in finalising the NDE manuals and acceptance criteria for LCA program in its early days. The NDE group established at ACD provided the complete support to all the LCA composite aircraft components, SARAS aircraft programme, ALH programme and other programmes of national importance. He initiated the research in acoustic emission (AE) at NAL and led teams from NAL & IISc for monitoring acoustic emission activity during LCA half wing structural test at HAL. These pioneering NDE and AE efforts brought immense recognition to NAL.

As the Division took enormous responsibilities of developing many critical components for LCA with stringent time and cost schedules, he was given the additional responsibility to coordinate all the LCA related activities of the Division.  He was responsible for the coordination with the sponsors, certifying agencies and industries for smooth functioning of projects to realise cost effective and timely deliveries of nearly 165 complex components/assemblies for each aircraft which had stringent delivery schedules. These 165 components were successfully delivered to Technology Demonstrators, Prototype Vehicles and Limited Series Production programmes.  Nearly 18 sets of these 165 components were supplied for each aircraft assembly. Subsequently, the complex technologies developed in respect of the above components have been successfully transferred to ARDC, HAL over a period of nearly two years to meet the Limited Series Production requirements of LCA.  Based on this Transfer of Technology (ToT) from NAL, HAL is producing nearly 152 components to meet the Series Production requirements of LCA. Even though this strenuous activity had its effect on his health in 2002, he recovered very quickly and resumed his duties with the same pace and determination.

In 2009, he took on the onerous task of heading the division. In 2010, NAL partnering with TAML took up the task of producing 13 critical parts for the 20 aircrafts being made by HAL. Mr. Sudheendra tirelessly and relentlessly worked and pushed the teams in ACD to meet the stringent requirements of production. He ensured that division also gathered momentum in futuristic areas like SHM, Thermoplastic composites, Rapid NDE and the like.

During his career, he and his team won many awards which include: a) 1998: NAL Foundation Day Award for Design, Development and Project Execution of LCA Composite Rudder, b) 1990: Award for outstanding performance in design development, and project execution of 1/4th Scale LCA High Speed Air Intake Model, c) October 1993 to August 1994: Award of Indo-US Science and Technology Fellowship under the Indo-US collaboration programme e) 2005: Award of CSIR Prize for Engineering Technology for the “Development of Advanced Manufacturing Techniques such as Co-curing Technology for Advanced Composites to realize Cost effective, Structurally efficient Complex Primary Aircraft structures for major National Programmes”.

Most importantly, he is a wonderful human being who with his immense patience and calm took the division ahead for nearly 7 years.

All the colleagues of ACD wish him a fruitful and invigorating second innings! 

Ramesh Sundaram


Adieu to Dr. C. Anandan

Dr. Chinnasamy Anandan, Chief Scientist, Head, SED  retired on superannuation on December 31, 2015, after serving CSIR for 32 years, out of which 16 years were in CSIR-NAL and rest in CSIR-NPL.

Dr. Anandan completed his B.Sc. in Applied Sciences from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore and Masters in Applied Physics from NIT, Trichy in 1979. After completing his M.Tech. in Materials Science from IIT Kanpur in December 1981, he joined CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi as Scientist B in January 1983. In 1990, he obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from University of Wales, Cardiff, UK under the Commonwealth Scholarship Programme. During his Ph.D. he mastered several surface analytical techniques such as X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Auger Electron Spectroscopy and Low Energy Electron Diffraction to study the growth and interaction of monolayer thick metal films on clean silicon surfaces. After returning back to NPL he worked with Thin Film Technology Group and later with Surface Physics Group of Pressure and Vacuum Standards. He also visited France for 6 months from July-December 1995 to undergo training in Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy under an UNDP fellowship. His major contribution at NPL was on the amorphous silicon coatings for photovoltaic applications. He was also granted a patent for the same.

He opted for transfer to CSIR-NAL and joined Surface Engineering Division in September 1999. At SED he has established two major facilities, viz., Plasma Ion immersion Implantation (PIIII) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy.  The PIII system is the only one of its kind in the country. XPS was close to his heart and with great difficulty he established the XPS facility at CSIR-NAL. It is a unique sophisticated facility at NAL which is catering to the scientific needs of scientists` of CSIR-NAL and outside agencies. Today in NAL, Dr. Anandan is synonymous with XPS.

At SED his major contribution was in the analysis of surface composition of NALSUN coating. He was instrumental in identifying the diffusion of pyrene as the main reason for the deterioration in the sensitivity of Pressure Sensitive Paint (PSP). He also calculated the diffusion rate of pyrene molecules and this paved way for the development of pyrene immobilized PSP.

In recent years, Dr. Anandan also established the Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition (PECVD) facility at SED and has developed diamond like carbon nanocomposite coatings for aerospace and biomedical applications. He has also made significant contributions to surface modification of titanium alloys that are used as biomedical alloys. He served as a member in the purchase committee. He was appointed as the Head of the Division in Jan 2013. During his tenure as Head, SED he encouraged his colleagues to submit new project proposals and this resulted in getting a lot of projects to the division. He was also instrumental in getting two industrial projects. He has nurtured and boosted confidence in the youngsters.

Dr. Anandan is known for his strong physics fundamentals. He is a very simple, kind person at heart, and a thorough gentleman and never lost his temper. He has about 70 publications and 2 patents to his credit.

We at SED will miss him and wish Dr. Anandan and his family good health, prosperity and great happiness in the years to come.

Dr. S.T. Aruna

 


#IP 1114 28 Dec 2015 - 3 Jan 2016

Adieu

TEAM CSIR-NAL wishes our colleagues a very happy, healthy and productive life after superannuation on 31 December 2015.

Mr Sudheendra H N, ACD
Mr Aswathaiah K, ACD
Mr Novel Sebold Soans, AMB
Dr Anandan C, SED
Mr Chandrashekar K, FAK
Dr Ravindra N.S, ADK


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