Mumbai:3/6/19:The Foundation Day of Homi Bhabha National Institute was celebrated at the institute campus in Anushakti Nagar, Mumbai today. Chairman, AICTE, Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Member, Council of Management, Shri K. N. Vyas presided over the function, while Former Chairman, AEC, Dr. Anil Kakodkar delivered a talk on the occasion.
The Chief Guest presented degree certificates as well as awards for outstanding students on the occasion. Dr. Kakodkar presented Innovative Research Awards to the students. Prof. J. B. Joshi, Chairman, J. B. Joshi Research Foundation (JBJRF) and Emeritus Professor, HBNI gave a brief on the J. B. Joshi Research Foundation Endowment.
The Chief Guest and Chairman, AICTE, Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe delivered an address on the topic, “Challenges and Opportunities in Technical Education”. While access and equity in education has been improved, the focus is now more on improving quality and affordability, he said.
The Chief Guest expressed his appreciation for the phenomenal contribution of HBNI, which he said has been registering an impressive performance in the development of nuclear technologies for energy needs, defence, medical applications and other non-nuclear technologies. Prof. Sahasrabudhe spoke also of the importance of branding in popularizing HBNI as it deserves.
Member, AEC and Chairman, Rajiv Gandhi S&T Commission, Dr. Anil Kakodkar delivered the J. B. Joshi Research Foundation Endowment Lecture on the topic “Reshaping research culture – Genesis of Homi Bhabha National Institute”. He said that DAE has had a good ecosystem which has enabled its technology to be translated into industry without much difficulty as compared to other fields. He said that while India holds global record in PHWR technology, it is of prime importance that we improve our capabilities in building first-of-its-kind technologies from scratch. He said this calls for reshaping our research culture. He said there is a need to build a cadre of researchers and developers who can network and translate the latest in scientific research into new technology ahead of others; he expressed the hope that HBNI would facilitate in this.
Delivering the Presidential Address, Secretary, DAE, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Chairman, Council of Management, HBNI, Shri K. N. Vyas said that the research facility in HBNI is backed up by R&D institutes at various locations; these institutes provide excellent facilities and immense opportunities for research. This is a unique feature of HBNI, said Shri Vyas. He expressed happiness that the research standards being maintained by HBNI are very high; he told the students that they can make significant improvements to their thesis by being systematic in their research. He expressed the hope that the institute will continue to grow in the years to come.
Chancellor, HBNI, Prof. Srikumar Banerjee said that the Foundation Day is a time to introspect. Speaking of the importance of academic linkages that foster creativity, he said that HBNI could play a role in establishing linkages among the eleven institutes under the Department of Atomic Energy. He stated that HBNI is an umbrella organization which cuts across institutional boundaries and enables researchers to work in various diverse areas. T
Vice Chancellor, HBNI, Prof. P. R. Vasudeva Rao presented the Annual Report of the institute for the year 2018-19. Dean, HBNI, Prof. P. D. Naik welcomed the audience.