Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Oct 18:
Congratulating the graduating students, awardees and medal winners of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar in Odisha, the scientific adviser to the Defence minister, secretary, department of Defence (R&D) and director general, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Dr Avinash Chander today urged the graduates to do their bit in the campaign for indigenised technology and contribute to the field of research and development.
Chander said this while speaking, as the chief guest, at the 3rd Convocation ceremony of the IIT Bhubaneswar here today.
He said the convocation ceremony marks the transition of students from academic training to the professional sphere.
“The graduates after passing from this reputed institute in the country should come up with new ideas, innovations, capabilities and opportunities and contribute to the field of research and technological development. Young minds from day one should take challenges to boost manufacturing technologies taking the nation to greater heights,” Dr Chander said.
Referring to certain recent major contributions made by the DRDO and ISRO such as the successful test fire of indigenously developed nuclear capable, sub-sonic long range cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ which can cover a distance of over 1,000 km and successful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS 1C, country’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C26), the Padma Shri Awardee Chander said, “ We have set a target not to import any missiles and other technologies from abroad beyond 2022 and instead focus on creating our own indigenous products.”
The defence adviser said the Narendra Modi government is moving swiftly on its plan to indigenise defence production by producing 197 light-utility helicopters (LUH) for the armed forces- fitted with reconnaissance and surveillance – of which 187 helicopters are in the process of being produced at state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL). These will replace the ageing Cheetah/Chetak fleets and will be made in India with foreign collaboration, he said.
“The step will boost the indigenous defence production sector where IIT and other technical graduates have a big role to play. They should inculcate the knowledge and come up with new innovations that can contribute to research and development,” he added.
Director of IIT Bhubaneswar Prof Sujit Roy and Chairman, Board of Governors of IIT Bhubaneswar SK Rungta too wished good luck to the graduates for their future and praised their parents as well.
Prof Roy said the IIT Bhubaneswar has submitted a proposal to DRDO to open its centre of excellence here to attract students interested in research and development.
On the occasion the Institute for the first time conferred degrees to 39 M Tech students, besides degrees to 124 B Tech students and doctorates to nine research scholars.
While the President of India Gold Medal was awarded to Soumya Prakash Dash, B Tech student of School of Electrical Sciences, the Director’s Gold Medal was conferred on Asha Vijayeta, M Tech student of School of Earth, Ocean and Climate change.
Similarly, Dash, D Revanth and K Yuvraj Balaji Rao and outgoing M Tech students Vijayeta, Saragadam Shakar and N Anand Balu were conferred with the Institute’s Silver Medal.