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#IP 1147 15 - 21 Sep 2014


A training programme on “Work life balance for women scientists and technical officers” was conducted by CSIR-HRDC, Gaziabad during August 25 to 27,2014. With lot of enthusiasm and interest about 20 women scientists and technical officers from CSIR labs across India participated in the programme. Participants were from various backgrounds and age groups, from the new entrants and to about to retire from service.  

Dr. Manu Saxena, Incharge CSIR-HRDC, Gaziabad preceded the training program.  Training session started with brief introduction of the participants, purpose of conducting such programmes and expectations from the programme followed by an interesting talk on Work life balance a myth or a reality” by Dr. Suneeta Singh, PMI, NTPC, Delhi. The trainer opened the session with ever exciting expression WOW!!!” which was decoded by participants in various forms like wonders of world, world of women, work of women, women on women and so on!!!.  The speaker spoke in length about roles of today’s women at workplace, in family and in society. She highlighted how extremely demanding life of today’s women is and how important it is to strike a balance between work and life (WLB) for overall well being of the women. She also touched upon the subjects like women empowerment, Empty Nest Syndrome (ENS), internal balance, holistic healing, etc. and day to day issues woman deals in her life, which seemed to be simple yet complicated. Various psychometric tests were conducted for self assessment. Tips were given on how to balance the work and life. All participants got an opportunity to interact with each other and discover each other’s personality traits. This brought the sense of oneness and a harmony among the participants. Group tasks were given; the team of 20 was divided into 3 groups Gen X, Gen Y and baby boomers as per the age and was given an activity to form a collage on today’s Women. The themes adopted by each group turned out to be unique and were clearly the indicative of the maturity, experience and approach towards work and life. Day 1 concluded with a session by Dr. Kavita Singh, a well known psychiatrist and a faculty of management studies, University of Delhi. She shared her experiences of managing work and life and came out with a five point mantra for Work-Life Balance in which she stressed upon the plan for fun and relaxation of every woman while dealing with her busy life. She came out with a survey data that 87% of the working women were found to be highly stressed!!! The solution she attributed to women empowerment.

Day 2 began with an interesting session on goal setting, prioritizing and scheduling by Preeti Subberwal, a very young dynamic mother, renowned author, Master Facilitator, Transformational Coach and Founding Director at Thoughtful Engagement. She emphasized on converting desires into goals by bringing in commitment thus setting them up as goals and achieving the goal by scheduling and prioritizing. She continued with the importance of energy management and building resilience for leading an effective life. She defined internal balance to be combination of physically Energized, Emotionally Connected, Spiritually Aligned, Mentally focused state of an individual - which leads to high performance. She came up with simple self rejuvenating techniques. The evening session was by Mrs. Daisy Varun, who redefined the WLB as WHB (work home balance). According to her, GOAL is nothing but “getting organized about life”. She introduced an interesting KATZ skill model depicting quality and quantity of various skills like technical, people, visionary, decision skills required at different stages of life.

Day 3 started with an educative short session by extremely dashing Mrs. Sasmita Tripathy, Advocate, Supreme Court of India and legal adviser, Delhi commission for women, on “Gender Sensitization”. The session was filled with lot of interaction on “Harassment of woman at work place, domestic violence, prevention, prohibition, and redressal act, 2013 and their recent amendments”. The last session was engaged yet again by Dr. Suneeta Singh. In this session, she introduced us to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) method for understanding self and others. The age old method interestingly seemed to work precisely in knowing ourselves. She made us to assess ourselves before the MBTI would assess us. This helped us in discovering our self assessment in our own pursuit. The programme concluded with valedictory address by Dr. Manu Saxena discussing about the “take away” of the programme. He appreciated the whole hearted participation of the team members.

Each session was mesmerizing, informative, educative, rejuvenating and self realizing. During the course, there was so much to say, listen and learn that the programme continued beyond 7 pm on demand, from both fronts the participants and the trainers on all the days. Overall, the programme was very well organised, well thought and well executed. The only shortfall seemed to be the “very short duration” given the coverage of topics and enthusiasm of the trainers and participants.

To sum up, Work Life Balance is an Art of Living without which life is like a Horse or Mule that needs a Bit and Bridle to keep it under control.

Akshatha H T and Rashmi Hundekari, C-CADD, CSIR-NAL(Participants of the programme)

#IP 1146 8 - 14 Sep 2014

Inauguration of  Advanced composites  testing lab at MIT, Manipal

Release of
autoclave operation manuals

Dr Raghuvir Pai, Director( Research) Manipal University operating the Autoclave

MIT- Manipal gets NAL’s Aerospace grade Autoclave

The Manipal Institute of Technology added one more feather to its cap of technological excellence, when the Lab scale autoclave was formally handed over by          Dr. J. S. Mathur, Head, KTMD, CSIR-NAL, to Dr. Vinod Thomas, Director, MIT-Manipal on the  morning of 26th  August 2014. This is the second in the series of lab scale autoclaves delivered by the CSIR-NAL led  PPP consortium consisting of M/s. Unique chemo plant Equipments, Mumbai and M/s. Datasol India Private Ltd., Bangalore.  On this occasion, the Advanced composites Testing lab which will house this new autoclave (in addition to other composites facilities) was  formally inaugurated.  The Advanced Composites lab is part of the Aerospace and automobile engineering division of MIT.

Dr. Ramamohan Pai, H.O.D, Dept. of Aero. & Auto. Engg., welcomed the dignitaries. Dr. G.N. Dayananda, Head, CSMST in his opening remarks impressed  the gathering on the need to take pride in home grown technologies and collectively contribute to the vital task of eco system development. He complimented MIT for taking an important step in this direction. He assured that the CSIR-NAL led consortium  will extend complete co-operation and support in using this facility and developing composite structures.   

  Dr. J.S Mathur, Head, KTMD, in his speech said that he was indeed very happy to formally handover the indigenous, aerospace class, Lab scale autoclave to one of the premier academic institution of the country. He said that it was a moment to cherish as this autoclave is being established at a premier institute like MIT under the public private partnership (PPP) mode executed by the National Aerospace Laboratories(NAL) led consortium.

Mr. J. Ramaswamy  Setty,  Principal  scientist, CSMST, in his presentation described about the CSIR-NAL’s journey in the development of indigenous autoclave technology  starting from Mark I, which was developed during 80s, to Mark IV the largest aerospace autoclave in the country. He explained the state of the art features of  mechanical systems of   lab scale autoclave including safety features of  pressure vessel .

Mr. G. M. Kamalakannan, Principal scientist, CSMST in his presentation highlighted the role of autoclave and its Control and Instrumentation systems in increasing the use of composites structures in airframes, which crossed 50% mark  in commercial airplanes. He has highlighted the NAL's ‘Knock in clave’ software features implemented in Lab scale autoclave along with the fail safe approach adopted in the autoclave.

  Dr. Raghuvir Pai, Director, Research (Technical), Manipal University in his remarks,  expressed the hope that this new facility will help in improving  the research activities in the area of advanced composites at MIT and  attract more Ph.D students in this area.

  Dr. Vinod Thomas, Director MIT has expressed satisfaction  on the supply of the state of the art autoclave  by NAL led consortium. He further said that MIT  would like to have technical collaboration with  NAL in the area of composites development.

Mr. Suresh and Mr. Shyam of Datasol India Ltd, Bangalore graced the occasion.     Dr. Dayananand Pai, Asst. Professor, MIT Manipal proposed the vote of thanks.  

Ramaswamy Setty







#IP 1145 1 -7 Sep 2014

The 16th AeSI Annual CFD Symposium held on 11-12 August 2014 in CSIR-NAL Bangalore

Every year engineers and scientists from academia, research institutes and industries, working in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), converge for the annual CFD Symposium conducted by the CFD Division of Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI). This year the 16th AeSI CFD symposium was held during 11th and 12th August 2014 at the Valluri Auditorium in CSIR-NAL, Bangalore.  Since a new Executive Committee had taken charge recently, the preparations for this symposium started a bit later than in previous years, but there was still an overwhelming response.

The symposium started with an inaugural function where Dr. S. Vasantha, Distinguished Scientist and former Director SHAR/LSPC ISRO, was the Chief Guest. Dr. K. P. Singh, Technical Advisor ADA, was the Guest of Honour and Shri Shyam Chetty, Director CSIR-NAL, presided over the function.

The Chief Guest in his address to the gathering recalled the early efforts by the teams in ISRO to develop indigenous CFD tools for solving several launch-vehicle related problems. Dr. Vasantha mentioned an interesting discussion he had as a young scientist with Prof. Dhawan, when he had asked why the country was not importing readily available rockets rather than re-developing them in India. Prof. Dhawan had replied that other countries are prepared to sell us high end technological products only when we are capable of doing the same on our own strength. Dr. Vasantha’s message to the CFD community was that this situation remains true even today, hence efforts towards indigenous CFD code development must continue in the country.

The Guest of Honour, Dr K. P. Singh, in his address dwelt upon the history of the formation of the CFD Division and stressed upon the importance of having a formal body for CFD activities in the country, which would bring all the interested researchers and practitioners under one umbrella to exchange their ideas regularly.

Shri Shyam Chetty, Director CSIR-NAL, dwelt upon the role of CFD in the aerospace domain in his Presidential Address. He also highlighted the activities of the CTFD Division of CSIR-NAL in indigenous CFD code development as well as open source software tools.

The conference organizing committee received sixty six contributed papers out of which forty six papers were selected for oral presentation after the reviewing process. There were also four invited lectures by experts from JNCASR, DRDO-GTRE, IISc, and CSIR-NAL. The symposium was conducted with two parallel sessions and had about 120 registered participants. 

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TEAM NAL wishes our colleagues a very happy, healthy and productive life after superannuation on 31 August 2014.

Mr Chandrashekara, NTF
Mr Chota Sab, ADK
Mr Kantha Raj D, FAK
Mr Muniyappa S, ADK
Ms Rajalakshmi Sivaramakrishnan, FSU

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