Industry Academia Summit 2020

Interactive session with industrial inventors

Inauguration of the first Industry Academia Summit at SRM University AP, Andhra Pradesh was graced by the presence of eminent personalities- Smt. R.K. Roja, MLA, and Chairperson of APIIC, Sri Vijay Naidu Galla, Chairman-CII Andhra Pradesh, and Sri S Vijay Anand, CEO, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd. representing the Government, Industry, and Academia along with Prof. D Narayana Rao, Pro VC, Dr. D Gunasekaran, Registrar, Dr. GS Vinod Kumar, Convener. This summit is organized in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) which provides a platform to bridge the gap between industrial needs and academic research.

The inaugural ceremony began with lamp lighting by distinguished guests. Dr. Narayana Rao welcomed the guests and introduced SRM University, AP as a multidisciplinary research intensive institute. He says, “The students have international exposure and experience through internships, semester abroad programs in partnership with MIT and UC Berkeley. Our university worked on projects such as hardening of gold alloy and 3D printing on gold jewellery in association with Tanishq. Also, SRM Amara Raja Centre of Excellence will be established in SRM AP for developing energy storage devices. SRM AP is also working at the flagship project of developing hydrogen infused railway engines in partnership with the Indian Railways.”

Inaugural Lamp Lighting by Smt. Roja

Prof. Narayana Rao also emphasizes on the necessity of this summit. He explains the significance of translating research for the improvement of the society’s lifestyle. He says, “Due to the advent of corona virus in China, the price of paracetamol tablets in India has increased 40% in the last three weeks. This is contributed by our pharmaceutical industry’s substantially dependency on the ingredients imported from China. Therefore, the government requires to initiate efforts to promote and nurture an environment for researchers where they can deliver cost effective solutions to such challenges.” He further says, “It is necessary that the corporates should start relying on and reaching out to the academicians and researchers in India, and not foreign nations. The timeframe of the research should be agreed upon to achieve the desired goals. It is also important for the industrialists to be aware of the expertise of the Indian researchers. There is a need of paradigm shift from foreign reliance to self-reliance. The collaborative model among industry and academia must evolve keeping pace with the dynamism of industry.” Professor Rao also coined the term Corporate Professor and requested the professionals from industries to teach the students and prepare them for the future. He also suggested that the academicians should work in the corporate houses to understand their requirements.

CII was founded in 1985 to encourage collaboration among industrialists who can march forward to self-sufficiency through exchange of knowledge and skills. “CII works as a catalyst to promote entrepreneurial talent pool emerging from the universities”, says Sri Vijay Naidu Galla. He further discusses the gap between knowledge creation and utilization, and also offers solutions to bridge the gap. “Post liberalization in 1991, more private universities have emerged as important players in education and significant women students are excelling at academics. India is targeting at $5trillion economy for which we require a 9-10% growth in GDP. He suggests that the government should facilitate the growth of institutions which can provide quality education by monitoring their performances and offering incentives in the form of specific assistance to the good performers. The industries should incur expenditure on supporting academic institutes that indulges in research work. Innovative ideas should be used to transform the traditional curriculum and align it to the industrial needs. The institutes should create a lifelong learning environment, imbibe values and ability to work as a team, and be able to empathize with the society and understand its needs.

Sri Vijay Naidu Galla speaks on understanding the societal needs
Presentation of the Memento to Smt. Roja by Prof. Rao

Smt. R. K. Roja shared the initiatives taken by the Government of Andhra Pradesh to inspire the youth to indulge in research. She also discussed the vision of the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh in the next five years in this domain. She has also appreciated SRM-AP’s infrastructure and research initiatives. She believes, “The collaborative research between the industry and universities like SRM-AP will help the youth to do revolutionary work in nation’s progress”. Smt. R. K. Roja shared the initiatives taken by the Government of Andhra Pradesh to inspire the youth to indulge in research. She also discussed the vision of the Govt. of AP in the next five years in this domain. She has also appreciated SRM-AP’s infrastructure and research initiatives. She believes, “The collaborative research between the industry and universities like SRM-AP will help the youth to do revolutionary work in nation’s progress”. She further says, “Our youths already have the qualities that are needed for pathbreaking research. However, the necessary skill-sets that are required in Corporate environment is still missing. The government of AP has already implemented some policies to overcome this. Also, to help and support the industry in every way possible, Government of Andhra Pradesh’s Industry Policy is in place. Single Desk Policy has been introduced to make processes easier for the industry personnel.”

Sri Vijay Anand spoke of harnessing the potential of imaginative students. He says, “In India, infrastructure is not a bottleneck, it is already churning out half a million tech graduates a year. We are abundantly endowed with human capital.” He spoke of a Japanese term called “ikigai”, which identifies with a man who loves what he does, in which he is good at, and what he does provides solutions to society’s problems. He also spoke of emerging trends in the technological sphere such as AI, ML, Bioelectronics, and genome research. “Industry and academics, facilitated by the government needs to exploit the technology and find a common purpose so as to align to each other’s working methodologies”.

MOU Signing Between Amara Raja Batteries Ltd and SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh

In order to uphold the spirit of collaboration between industry and academics, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd. and SRM AP signed MOU to develop Amara Raja Centre for Energy Storage Devices at SRM AP campus.

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Asian Consortium on Computational Material Sciences-International Conference on Material Genome (ACCMS-ICMG) and Fracmeet Conference

The campus welcomes international and national researchers along with members of ACCMS and Fracmeet organizations to take part in two parallel international conferences hosted by SRM University AP, Andhra Pradesh on 5th-7th February, 2020. The 3-day conference was inaugurated by the guests, Prof. Yoshiyuki Kawazoe, Tohoku University, Japan, Dr. Purusattam Ray, IMSc, Chennai, Dr. D. Gunasekaran, Registrar, Dr. B. Sivakumar, Deputy Registrar, and Prof. Durga Rao, Dean-SLABS. ACCMS-ICMG 2020 Convener, Prof. Ranjit Thapa, Department of Physics, and Fracmeet 2020 Convener, Dr. Soumyajyoti Biswas, Department of Physics, initiated the launch of the abstract book by the guests and dignitaries to begin the conference.

Abstract Book launch by dignitaries.
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Dr. D. Gunasekaran, Registrar, addressing the audience on the inaugural event of ACCMS & Fracmeet conference.

Dr. Gunasekaran welcomed all the guests and addressed the audience. He introduced the university by recalling its infrastructural dominance, mentioning the eminent faculty, and discussing the collaborations with the University of California, Berkeley where students are sent for semester abroad programs. He also emphasized on the exposure offered to the students through international and national internships. “Our university encourages the young researchers through UROP where the students individually or in a group take up mini-projects under the guidance of our faculty. “Our faculty has published more than 120 journals in the last one year, along with 23 sponsored projects and 64 proposals that await funds from the agencies. SRM University AP, Andhra Pradesh is also collaborating with Indian Railways to build Hydrogen Trains, and Amara Raja Group on Energy Storage”, Dr. Gunasekaran pronounces. He also expresses his gratitude to the distinguished guests and assures to extend extensive support from the university’s end.

The Asian Consortium on Computational Materials Science (ACCMS) was set up in 2000 to promote research and development activities in computational materials in Asian countries. Prof. Yoshiyuki Kawazoe says “Computational materials was not a coined term in Japan when we started off this organization 20 years back. We merely had 7-8 participating nations who met on virtual platforms regularly or at conferences once in a while. In order to optimally utilize our resources and manpower, it is widely felt that we should have a ‘real’ organization to steer young researchers towards computational research. It is envisaged that the conduct of the International Conference on Material Genome at SRM University AP, Andhra Pradesh will lay the foundation for an active center of ACCMS on campus.”

Prof. Yoshiyuki Kawazoe and Registrar at the opening of the conference.
Prof. Yoshiyuki Kawazoe addressing the audience.

He further addresses that the purpose of ACCMS is to solve large probabilistic problems through Quantum Mechanics based calculations followed by Machine Learning (QM/ML). “We are aiming at developing language and characters prior to the western nations and secure a superior position for Asian countries”. Few themes to be covered in this chapter of ACCMS conference includes “Machine Learning for materials”, “High-throughput Computation”, “Polar Magnetic Materials”, “Thermoelectric Materials”, etc.

Fracmeet conferences are being organized for over a decade to focus on an aspect of Material Science – “Mechanical Properties of Complex Materials.” The multidisciplinary collaborative meetings of this organization welcome scholars from Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering domains, along with people from the industry. Prior to this, the annual conferences and meetings of Fracmeet were held at IMSc., Chennai, where Fracmeet was initiated. For the first time, SRM University AP, Andhra Pradesh, having exceptional infrastructure and facilities, is hosting this conference in collaboration with IMSc. This year, Fracmeet is aiming at discussing “Micromechanics of failure in disordered material” in this conference.

Dr. D. Gunasekaran, Registrar, Dr. B. Sivakumar, Deputy Registrar with the convener, Dr. Purusattam Ray.

The conferences will be held in parallel sessions for 3 days, from 5th to 7th February 2020, where delegates will be presenting their papers and discussing important issues to develop unique solutions for addressing challenges.

For more details, please visit: https://srmap.edu.in/accms-2020/

The Asian Consortium on Computational Materials Science (ACCMS) was set up in 2000 in order to nurture and promote research and development activities in computational materials in Asian countries. ACCMS entered into the 16th year of existence and the conduct of 10 successful conferences and 12 general meetings of this virtual organization have boosted the computational materials research in the Asian region. In order to optimally utilize our resources and manpower, it is widely felt that we should have a ‘real’ organization to steer young researchers towards computational research. It is envisaged that the conduct of International Conference on Material Genome at SRM University, AP-Amaravati, will lay the foundation for an active center of ACCMS on campus. For more details: https://srmap.edu.in/accms-2020/

Event Date: December 19 – 21, 2018
The conference aims to inform researchers and industry professionals of  technologies and advancements in the fields of green energy, renewable energy, materials science, environmental science and bio-technology.
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International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education – Imparting the Futuristic Skills (ICTIEE AP’ 18)

Date: 15 – 17 July 2018, SRM University – Andhra Pradesh

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