- CSIR’s ‘Engineering & Infrastructure’ theme in IITF, Pragati Maidan
- Showcase of CSIR developed technologies for better infrastructure
- CSIR’s Industrial partners attended the meet on the theme
- Science based activities for school children
New Delhi: Designed to encourage and promote more technological innovations in the country, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) exhibited its contributions, achievements and future plans in its Platinum Jubilee Technofest in the 36th India International Trade Fair, 2016 on Wednesday at Pragati Maidan. The third day of CSIR Technofest was dedicated to CSIR theme ‘Engineering & Infrastructure’. CSIR’s scientists across prominent laboratories and its industrial partners attended a conference on the theme of the day.
Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan, Director, CSIR- Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) spoke on the ‘Past & Road Ahead Building Sciences’. He stated the mission and vision of CBRI in the field of innovations, advanced material, planning city, fire engineering and risks involved. He mentioned the importance of geopolymers that is going to revolutionize the construction materials as they are safer and durable. CSIR-CBRI has manufactured some highly economical technologies that will be profitable for the process of construction in India.
Dr. Abhay Sinha, Director General, Central Public Works Department (CPWD) was the Chief Guest at CSIR Technofest on today’s theme day.
Apart from CSIR-CBRI, other sister labs of CSIR also attended the CSIR Technofest.
Dr. Satish Chandra, Director, CSIR- Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) in his presentation discussed the research conducted in the construction of roads. He added, ‘’We are enthusiastic to build better roads all across the country. To build the roads for all seasons near the Indo-China border is in the pipeline.’’ Citing a crucial reason behind damage of roads, he added, “Overloading in India is still a very serious concern behind the age of roads. We conducted surveys on truck overloading. It led us to find a way to measuring the overloaded trucks.” Further he added, “We are not limited to only lab studies and research, but we also built strong roads, like one National Highway-33, Ranchi-Jamshedpur line. Waste materials like plastics are now used to build stronger roads which CBRI is looking forward to use the same process ahead.”
Eight industrial partners participated in the conference. Mr. Pramod Adlakha, Managing Director, Adlakha Associates Pvt. Ltd talked about the low cost housing for the lower middle class. He said, “In the next 5 years, with the contribution of CSIR labs, we will provide 2 BHK flats at an affordable cost.”
Mr. S. Reddy, MD (Shakti Hormann Ltd), Mr. S.C. Mullick (M/s Pressels Pvt. Ltd), Mr. Ankur Hatibaruah (M/s Bitchem Asphalt Pvt. Ltd.), Mr. Bharath Kapoor (M/s Faros Simulation System Pvt.), Mr. P.V. Srinivas (MD- Consortium Transmission Systems Pvt. Ltd.) and Dr. G.R. Reddy ( Outstanding scientist SEES) as industrial partners also attended the conclave.
The day also marked signing of MoUs and technology transfer between CSIR and its industrial partners. It includes technology transfer between CSIR-CMERI Durgapur- M/s Midsap Engineers; CSIR-CMERI- M/s Joint Enterprises Engg.Co., MoU; CBRI Roorkee- UNDP. With the MoU/Technology Transfer by CRRI New Delhi with M/s Faros Technologies Pvt. Ltd., M/s Juno Bituix Pvt. Ltd., M/s AR Thermosets Pvt. Ltd.) and M/s Tiki Tar Industries the program was concluded. A series of competitive quiz, informational and educative activities for school children were also conducted by CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technologies (IICT).