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New research park of IIT-M to be ready by February 2009 Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Chennai : During the inauguration of the second International and 23rd All-India Manufacturing Technology, Design & Research Conference at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M), M S Ananth, director, IIT-Madras, announced that the new research park of IIT-M would be ready by February 2009.

S. Shunmugam, head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT-M, said that the institution will soon have two new research centres - a Sheet Metal Research Centre (supported by Japanese Firm Amada), and a Micro-Machining Centre (supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India).

The Centre for Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research (ICSR) building will house these two new facilities. The Sheet Metal Research Centre will contain two networking sheet metal fabrication machines along with high-value software donated by AMADA.

According to Mr.Shunmugam, the micro-machining center will produce technology which will have the precision to bore a hole in human hair. Students and staff members will be able to engage with fundamental R&D issues as well as high-level fabrication problems in sheet metal fabrication.

Dr V Sumantran, executive vice-chairman, Hinduja Automotive Limited, who delivered the keynote address,  emphasized the importance of innovation in technology and in business models to combat the effects of the current economic crises. He said that the formation of the bodies like the Core Group on Automotive Research (C.A.R), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and a research centre by IIT-Madras indicated that the government of India is also realizing that manufacturing is a critical sector for the future of the country.

Emphasizing on frugal, intelligent and high value-oriented engineering, Dr. Sumantran said that companies could achieve efficiency in product cost, processing cost and investment if they brought about innovation in design and materials, manufacturing and business processes.

Roland Friedrich Herrmann, Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany, who was present on the occasion, said that relations between India and Germany would continue to be strong and that the current economic crises can be overcome with new development, designs and concepts. 

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