The Institution of Engineers-India (IEI), Mysore Local Centre and Dr. D. Rajagopal Rao & Desiraju Family had jointly organised D.V.Narasimha Rao Memorial Lecture on the topic ‘Future of Aeronautics in India’ by Padma Vibhushan Dr. Roddam narasimha, Professor, Engineering Mechanics Unit, Jawarharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bangalore, recently.

The lecture delivered by Prof. Roddam Narasimha traced the history of aerospace research in India and underlined its notable achievements including the launching of SARAS (14 pax light transport aircraft) by NAL. The Professor provided glimpses of ongoing activities in development of aircrafts, unmanned aerial vehicles and space missiles. He felt that there is an upsurge in these activities because of sufficient budget allocation to various organisations, increase in domestic air traffic and entry of private airliners.

Prof. Narasimha felt that there is a need to enhance synergies among industries, R&D institutions and academia.

Concluding his talk, the eminent scientist said just like in Information Technology and Biotechnology, India can become an R&D hub in aerospace too and added that this would need self-confidence and hunger for global success.

Deepana Devaiah rendered invocation and K.B.Bhaskar introduced the guest speaker. A.S. Satish, Immediate Past Chairman of IEI, presented an account of the progress of the institution and Dr. D.Rajagopala Rao, Trustee of D.V.Narasimha Rao Memorial, gave a biographical account of Narasimha Rao.

Dr. T. Ananthapadmanabha, Chairman, IEI-Mysore, presided. T.R. Satyanarayana, Hon. Secretary, proposed a vote of thanks. Dr. Roddam Narasimha and Dr. D.Rajagopala Rao were felicitated by IEI.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore