CLRI Foundation day 2011

Twin Celebrations of CLRI Foundation day and Nayudamma Memorial Lecture – 24th April, 2011 [View clips]

The CLRI Foundation day was celebrated on 24th April 2011.  This year, the Nayudamma Memorial Lecture was also held the same day.

The functions started with an invocation song. The Director, Prof. Dr. A. B. Mandal then welcomed the gathering. The dignitaries were Prof. M. Santappa, Dr. G. Thyagarajan, Dr. K. V. Raghavan , all former Directors of CLRI; Sri O. K. Kaul, Executive Director in the Tata Group; Dr. K. S. Rao, Director General, Administrative Staff College of India and Sri. K. Srinivasan, MD, Prime International Pvt. Ltd., Chennai. The audience included former employees of CLRI, present staff and students and the press.

Staff members who brought laurels to the Institute in various ways during the year 2010, were felicitated. The categories from which they were selected included fellowship of prestigious academies, awards obtained from national bodies, successful execution of work on behalf of CLRI in foreign countries, publications with impact factor above 5 and patents.

The CLRI Foundation award of Rs. 5000 each was given to five students of CLRI staff                                                

The Presidential address was delivered by Dr. K. V. Raghavan who is also at present the Chairman of the CLRI Research Council. He observed that India has the potential now than ever before for becoming the leading exporter in leather and related materials as we have almost solved the environmental problems associated with the industry as compared to our competitors.

Prof. M. Santappa recalled the occasion when the CLRI Foundation stone was laid by in the presence of

 Dr. C. V. Raman, NL. He also spoke about his term as Director, CLRI in the early 1980’s.

Sri. R. Srinivasan, an alumni of CLRI , while acknowledging the role of CLRI in contributing to manpower for the leather and associated industries, was also of the opinion that there is great demand for still more trained people in order to achieve targeted growth.

The CLRI Foundation Day lecture was delivered by Sri O. K. Kaul who also had his B. Tech. education in CLRI and is a current member of its Research Council. His presentation was on converting the byproducts in the various stages of leather making into profitable items like protein hydrolysate, glue, recyclable chrome, wall paints, chicken feed etc and the extent of success achieved by his company in the different stages.

The Nayudamma Memorial Lecture was held subsequently.

The function started with floral tributes being paid to the portrait of Y. Nayudamma.

Dr. K. S. Rao, the distinguished speaker who delivered the Nayudamma Memorial lecture, was introduced by Dr. G. Thyagarajan, former Director, CLRI who also recalled the close rapport that Dr. Nayudamma had with the political leaders both at the Central and State Governments.

Delivering the lecture, Dr. K. S. Rao reviewed the writings of Dr. Nayudamma on how economic benefits from science and technology should reach the poor people via integrated rural development. Dr. Rao consequently spoke on inclusive economic growth of all sections of society and how technology can be used to make this a reality.

The functions ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. N. Chandramouli, Scientist G, CLRI.

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