TEZPUR: A three-day national workshop-cum-orientation programme concluded at DRDO-MZU North East Science and Technology Center (NESTC), Mizoram University, Aizwal on Friday. On February 17, it was virtually inaugurated by the Secretary DD R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G. Satheesh Reddy. The NESTC was jointly established by DRDO and Mizoram University in February 2019 to facilitate basic and applied research by utilizing the knowledge base of faculty and researchers at Mizoram University besides engaging other research institutions of NE.
The objective of the workshop was to orient the researchers and faculty members of the North East Region to understand the futuristic research and technology requirements of defence and security, nurture the local talents for providing scientific solutions to local problems and to also generate interest in areas relevant to armed forces with a vision to promote the 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' policy of the Government of India.
In his address, DRDO Chairman emphasized the requirement of research by utilising the local talents of various universities/institutes of the Northeast States. He also encouraged the faculty/researchers to formulate and submit innovative ideas and join hands with DRDO in making the country self-reliant in defence and security. Emphasising the importance of long-term partnership between academic institutes and DRDO, he highlighted the need of collaboration of universities, researchers and industries with DRDO labs for contributing in main stream research for the country.
He also stressed the possibility of exploring research opportunities in the areas of development of products and technologies for high altitude, extreme environmental conditions, cyber security among other areas.
The workshop had three thrust areas namely, Management of Agro-Bio Resources, Environment and Waste Management, Engineering Technology and Material Science. In this workshop, the concept notes presented from 13 universities of eight North East States (Mizoram, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Nagaland and Sikkim) were evaluated by a team of DRDO scientists and NESTC faculty.
The workshop was attended by more than 100 faculty members. During this orientation programme, discussions of faculty members and researchers with the DRDO scientists helped in understanding the key defence concepts in which research projects can be undertaken. The technological developments proposed through these concepts and research ideas will help in articulating newer technological products of defence interest.