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Observance of 48th Foundation Day on 13th April 2012

 

Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (CSIR- IMMT), Bhubaneswar observed the 48th Foundation Day on 13th April 2012. A large number of visitors, retired employees of CSIR and professionals from the industries in the state visited IMMT and interacted with the scientists. Research scholars of IMMT set-up an exhibition and poster presentation to explain the ongoing activities to the visiting guests. Prof. Barada Kanta Mishra, Director-IMMT, presented the Annual Activities of the institute for the financial year 2011-12 in the Foundation Day Function, organized in the IMMT auditorium. Prof. Mishra said that this year IMMT has created a number of unique facilities for advanced research. These include mineral processing pilot plant, fly ash brick making pilot plant and plasma processing of iron ore. He informed that IMMT’s interaction with the industry and academia in the country and abroad has been fruitful in advancing R&D work. He further said that IMMT has taken a decision to waive off technology license fee for some of its technologies so that it has a direct impact on the society and environment and thus be able to attract more investments by MSMEs in the country. IMMT has resolved to reach out to the weaker sections of the society through the CSIR-800 (CSIR’s initiative to reach to 800 million Indians through its various technologies). IMMT will further use the PPP mode to assist development of new technologies for Indian and foreign industries in the areas of iron ore, coal, bauxite-aluminium, manganese, nickel, copper etc. Dr P K Mohanty, vice chairman-cum-managing director, Orissa Sponge Iron and Steel Ltd delivered the foundation lecture as the chief guest. Speaking on the topic, ‘Experience of a developer in iron and steel making’, Dr Mohanty said that with his experience as an entrepreneur throughout his life he can see that IMMT has made significant progress in the fields of mineral processing and material extraction. He offered to take some of the technologies, specially the rural technologies, to propagate them as part of their corporate activity. IMMT released its Annual Report for the year 2011-12 and Bi-annual Hindi magazine “Abhivyakti”. Two of IMMT’s senior colleagues, Dr. Srikant Sharma, Scientist, R&D Planning and Dr. D.B. Ramesh, Principal Technical Officer, Library were awarded with ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ for their sincere, dedicated and committed services to the scientific community and enhancing the image of the institute.

 
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