Around 100 like-minded entrepreneurs, industry leaders, business representatives attended the event
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-CMERI) organised a one-day Industry Conclave-2021 on February 24.
The conclave was an assembly of around 100 like-minded entrepreneurs, industry leaders and business representatives who are crucial to the Indian economic growth engine. The conclave provided entrepreneurs, MSMEs, start-ups and small businesses a chance to interact with each other and address the existing lacunas in the industrial landscape of the nation. This will help CSIR-CMERI comprehend and explore possibilities of technology partnership with the industries to deliver possible sustainable solutions.
Prof. Harish Hirani, director, CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur, inaugurated the conclave along with the chief guest Prof MS Unnikrishnan, IIT Bombay.
The guests of honour were Dr. GN Dayananda, head, TMD-Industry Interface, CSIR, Shri Pradip Kumar Sikder, chief engineer & project head, DVC and Andal, and Shri Sanjiban Roy, director, Thriveni Earth Movers Ltd, Chennai.
The CSIR-CMERI technology brochure, which charts out the technology advancements of the institute, was released on the occasion. This was followed by the inauguration of the technology exhibition, a platform to present the CSIR-CMERI technologies to the industries.
While delivering the welcome address, Prof. Hirani said that a huge majority of employment in the nation is provided by the MSMEs. “CSIR-CMERI over the years is working along with a number of MSMEs and is continuously striving to seek Innovative Products which boosts both the sustainability factor and employment opportunities. During the COVID times, CSIR-CMERI has shifted its research orientation towards time-bound delivery of R&D applications for the nation. This has resulted in the benefit of lakhs of people & MSMEs in the region,” said Hirani.
“CSIR-CMERI has also focussed upon the maintenance aspects of technologies, since the lack of maintenance support for imported machineries has led them to become operational over time. Interaction with the MSMEs is of paramount significance for solving the industrial challenges of the time. Brand CSIR-CMERI is visible across numerous platforms and therefore it would be apt for the MSMEs to partner the institute towards nation-building,” he added.
Prof MS Unnikrishnan, IIT Bombay, said that there should be perfect harmony among the industry, government and academia. “CSIR-CMERI over the years has been trying to establish a synchronisation between science, technology, commerce and economics. The industry leaders should come forward and discuss their challenges with the technology practitioners of CSIR-CMERI so that the Institute is able to come up with tailor-made solutions for them,” he said.
Dr GN Dayananda, Head, TMD-Industry Interface, CSIR, said the three fundamentals of a successful initiative are effective project management, alignment of R&D with the industrial roadmap and a culture of interaction. “It is the culture of interaction with the MSME stakeholders, which is the most crucial aspect. The scientists must be accommodative of the views of the society, which will help India pull out of the sub-optimal levels of functioning. He expressed his pride at the tremendous technological developments of CSIR-CMERI and its efforts towards empowering an AtmaNirbhar Bharat,” said Dayananda.
Subsequently, the industry leaders and representatives visited the different laboratories of the institute followed by an interaction with the innovators. The event concluded with a plenary session.
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