To mark the celebration of 18th National Technology Day, National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) organized Technology Day Lecture on “The Role of Industry in a Knowledge Economy” at its Corporate Office on Wednesday.
Padma Vibhushan Dr. Rajgopal Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt of India and Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee to the Union Cabinet was the Chief Speaker. In his address, he emphasized on a knowledge-driven economy for the development of the country. He said, “Development without security is vulnerable and security, without development is meaningless.” To attain overall development, knowledge has become a key factor today. “The path to a knowledge-driven economy is paved by new advanced technology,” he added. For this, he stressed that there should be a thermodynamic equilibrium between the industry system and academic system.
Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, NALCO in his presidential address, focused on knowledge and technology as cutting edge of a business organization in contemporary competitive climate. He emphasized NALCO’s business plan is in synergy with development.
In his address, Shri N.R. Mohanty, Director (Project & Technical), while emphasizing on the need of the hour to make the right technology choices, ensure synergy between research & product development and need for augmenting R&D. He highlighted some of the historical MoUs signed by NALCO for R&D cooperation.
At the outset, Dr. B.K. Satpathy, ED (BD, R&D) of the company introduced the Chief Speaker and Shri Subrat Kar, GM (R&D) proposed a vote of thanks. The programme was attended by eminent Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, drawn from various organizations apart from NALCO employees.