IMPORTANT EVENTS (During 2006 - 2008)
CGCRI-University interactive programme initiated
A two-year Diploma course on 'Designing in ceramics and glazed pottery' was started through an interactive programme between Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI), Kolkata and the University of Burdwan. The course was inaugurated on September 7, 2006 in the Meghnad Saha Auditorium at the Institute. Shri Nirupam Sen, H'onble minister-in-charge for Industry, Development & Planning, Govt. of West Bengal formally inaugurated the programme. The Chief Guest on the occasion was an eminent art personality, Shri Ramananda Bandopadhyay. Shri. B. Bhattacharjee, Chairman, Research Council of CGCRI was the special Guest of Honour. The other prominent dignitaries were Prof. A.K. Mullick, Vice-chancellor, University of Burdwan and Shri. M.K.Sen, Secretary, College of Art & Design, affiliated to the University of Burdwan. Shri. A.B. Mitra, Teacher-in-Charge, Collage of Art & Design, University of Burdwan gave the vote of thanks. The H'onble minister also inaugurated an exhibition in CGCRI which displayed various activities and products developed by the Institute
Dr.H.S.Maiti Director CGCRI, explaining R&D activities to Shri Nirupam Sen, H'onble Minister-in-Charge for Industry, Development & Planning, Govt. of West Bengal during his visit at an exhibition stall
Traditionally Ceramics is an important medium of art and design. As part of its rural development programme, the interactive course was structured and designed to generate self employment and job oriented opportunities especially in the ceramic industries for qualified students of art and sculpture as designer cum artist. The classes for the diploma course started from September 8, 2006 with fifteen students on the rolls.
Technology Day Celebrated
The National Technology Day was celebrated in Institute on May 11, 2007. The theme of the day was : Role of Technology in Energy Security. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Dr. Sujan Chakraborty, H'onble Member of Parliament, Govt. of India. There were two technology day lectures. The first lecture on 'Solar lighting Mission for India' was delivered by Dr. S.P.Gon Chaudhuri, Special Secretary to Govt. of West Bengal and Director, West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Authority (WBREDA) while the. second lecture 'Can India reduce the foreign exchange outgo on oil to about a third of the current value' was delivered by Prof. H. S. Mukunda, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Various Institutes and industry from in and around Kolkata participated in the celebration. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sujan Chakraborty stressed on the need of a clear and supportive policy to promote appropriate technology so that the fruits of development could reach all sections of the society.. He cautioned scientists and technologists to be on alert so that they did not lose out to their peers in other countries.. He emphasized on the role that technology could play in the environmental damage control in the energy sector. He appreciated the choice of the topic of lectures delivered by the two speakers. The Chief Guest also inaugurated the renovated Meghnad Saha Auditorium at the end of the function.
Dr. Sujan Chakraborty addressing on National Technology Day-2007
Foundation Day Celebrated
CSIR foundation day was observed on September 26, 2006 with gaiety and fervour On this occasion, Shri B.Bhattacharjee, Chairman, Research Council of the Institute was the Chief Guest on the occasion He reminded the staff that the best way to offer homage to the founders of the Council was to cultivate the spirit of collective responsibility and foster innovativeness in the work place. On the occasion of the foundation day, twenty nine staff who had attained superannuation during the period were felicitated with gifts and certificate in recognition of their service to the Council. Seven staff members were complimented with watches for attaining twenty five years of service in the council. The award winners of cultural, debate and quiz competitions organized as a part of Foundation Day celebrations for the staff members and their wards were felicitated with prizes. The Institute was kept open to the students and general public.
64th CSIR Foundation Day: Students being explained about the Specialty Glass blocks
Prof Sushanta Dattagupta delivering Foundation Day Lecture in 2007
Prof Sushanta Dattagupta, Director, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research(ISER), Kolkata graced as the Chief Guest of the 65th CSIR Foundation Day on September 26, 2007. On this day, Prof Sushanta Dattagupta also delivered the Foundation Day lecture entitled "Relaxation in Nanomagnets" highlighting important linkages of his basic research with some the technology development projects of CGCRI especially in the field of nanostructured materials system such as glasses. He also inaugurated an exhibition that was thrown to public as a part of the open day.
5th Atma Ram Memorial Lecture
In the afternoon of 64th CSIR foundation day, Dr Tridibesh Mukherjee Deputy Managing Director (Steel), Tata Steels, Jamshedpur delivered the 5th Atma Ram memorial lecture. This coveted lecture is hoisted in memory of Dr. Atma Ram, who was the founder Director of the Institute and later became Director General of the CSIR. The topic of this year's speaker was "Technology and Growth : The Link". The speaker was introduced by Shri B. Bhattacharjee, the Chairman of Research Council, CGCRI, who presided over the function after Dr. H.S. Maiti, the Director, CGCRI explained the relevance of this memorial lecture and hailed the contribution of Dr. Atma Ram to the development of Science & Technology in independent India.
Dr. T.Mukherjee (left) being presented a plaque by Chief Guest Shri B.Bhattacharjee
Dr. Mukherjee divided his lecture into three parts (i) Per capita income and Technology-possible connection, (ii) History of technology development and (iii) Spark of ideas on technology development. He reminded that the economic development was not a zero sum game; this game was one that everybody could win -if appropriate technology was identified and applied. The major developments take place by "discontinuous" development aided by innovativeness which compels mankind to depart from the slow pace of growth sustained by incremental improvements. One example was the introduction of steam engine in UK during the industrial revolution. Dr. Mukherjee pointed out that UK could attain higher economic development through the industrial revolution, because of open society, individual initiative, speculative scientific thinking, geographical advantage, and the fact that Britain was rich in coal and other natural resources. Talking of prompt technology development, he discussed how circumstances trigger a technology development, and cited the example of Japan's economic rise from the ravages of war. On the indigenous application of appropriate technology, Dr Mukherjee gave the example of India achieving green revolution in the 1960s and 1970s. He also discussed the present state of the indigenous technology and economy. He concluded that the per capita income implied standard of living and the latter was the indicator of a country's state of technology. For technological success, the technological ambience and focus should be the basic attributes, he emphasized.
The Institute celebrated Hindi Week from September 12- 21, 2006. On this occasion, noted poet Shri Leeladhar Jaguri acted as the Chief Guest and delivered the seventh Golden Jubilee lecture on Kavita ka Atmavritta: Bhasa aur Kavita ke Antsambandh. He also released a colourful poster of great Hindi cum Urdu novelist Munshi Premchand on the occasion of latter's 125th birth anniversary. Prof. Amiya Deb, former Vice Chancellor, Vidyasagar University and an exponent of Comparative literature acted as the Guest of Honour on this occasion. The week long celebration was earlier inaugurated by Shri S.K.Pandey, Head, Central Translation Bureau, Govt of India, Kolkata. The Hindi week reached its climax on the ultimate day with the staging of a special function entitled "Kavi Sandhya" at the Institute.
A participant recites before poets during Kavi Sandhya in Hindi Week 2007.
Playback singer Haimanti Shukla performing on Hindi Day -2007
Popular Bengali poet cum writer Shri Sunil Gangopadhyay presided over the function. A galaxy of poets Shri Leeladhar Jaguri, Shri Manik Bacchawat, Shri Amitava Gupta and Shri Ekanta Srivastava were also present on this occasion. The staff members of Institute recited the poems of the celebrities as a gesture of welcome. The poets later moved the audience with the rendition of their soulful poetry in Bengali and Hindi respectively.
Hindi Week was again celebrated from September 28- October11, 2007. This time, noted Bengali poet Shri Nirendranath Chakraborty presided over the concluding function in Meghnad Saha Auditorium on October 11 in CGCRI. The Golden Jubilee lecture on "Hind Swaraj aur Adhunikta ki Avdharana" was delivered on this ocassion by Chief Guest Prof Indranath Choudhury, Director of Vidwan Ewan Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad on the same day. The climax of the day was a musical feast by noted playback singer Haimanti Shukla who churned out several unforgettable numbers of yester years by her melodious voice.
Indo-German Workshop on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Energy
Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI), Kolkata, organized Indo-German Workshop on Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Energy during 29-31, January 2007 at Kolkata. The event was mainly financed by International Science & Technology Affairs Directorate (ISTAD), CSIR, India and Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany. The Workshop was attended by a host of German scientists from different centers of excellence in Germany e.g., Forchungszentrum Jlich (FZJ), German Aerospace Centre (DLR), University of Karlsruhe (TH), Fraunhofer Institute of Technologies and Systems (IKTS), Forchungszentrum Karslruhe, University of Hannover; RWTH Aachen University and EnBW Energie Baden-Wrttemberg AG. The Indian side was represented by delegates from different premier R&D organizations including different CSIR laboratories, BARC Mumbai, different IITs, RCI Hyderabad, NMRL Ambernath and Center for Fuel Cell Technology Chennai. In addition, BHEL and MNRE, Govt. of India, also participated in the workshop. In all, there were about seventy five participants which included eleven German scientists (Detailed report in CSIR News, June 15, 2007 issue).
Prof. Dr. D. Strver, leader of the German delegate, delivering the Keynote address
German Scientists visiting Fuel Cell & Battery Laboratory of CGCRI
Millennium Energy Summit - 2007
Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI), Kolkata, in collaboration with Millennium Institute of Energy & Environment Management (MIEEM), Kolkata and Petroleum Conservation Agency (PCA), Kolkata organized Millennium Energy Summit - 2007 during 27 -29 September, 2007 at CGCRI, Kolkata. Dr. R.N. Basu, Head, Fuel Cell & Battery Division of CGCRI was the Convener of the Summit. The objective of the summit was to bring experts and thinkers involved with energy related issues to a single platform to discuss and debate desirable options and priorities. 17 Invited lectures, 30 contributory lectures and 3 industrial presentations on different areas of energy research were delivered during the summit. This national event was attended by more than 140 delegates from different research organizations, Universities/IITs, other academic institutions and industries.
Distinguished personalities at the Dias during inaugural Session of the MES - 2007