National Conference on Electron Mlcroscopy

Inaugural session  of National Conference on Electron Microscopy in progressDRDO in association with the Electron Microscope Society of India (EMSI) organised the XXXIII Annual Meeting of EMSI and National Conference on  Electron Microscopy at the Defence Materials and Stores Research & Development Establishment (DMSRDE), Kanpur, during 1-3 December 1999. Prof  SK Joshi, Chairman, Recruitment & Assessment Centre (RAC), Delhi, was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the Conference, while Prof KB Pandeya, Vice Chancellor, CSJM University, Kanpur, presided over the function. Prof GN Mathur, Director, DMSRDE, welcomed the Chief Guest, dignitaries and participants and presented a brief note on the R&D activities at DMSRDE with special reference to carbon-based materials, smart materials and nano-structured materials. About 200 scientists from India and abroad in the field of electron microscopy and allied areas participated in the Conference. The Conference comprised three oral and one poster session where 13 invited lectures and 105 research papers were presented. Besides, a special session was also arranged for spectroscopic/microscopic characterisations of nanostructured materials with special reference to fullerenes and nanotubes.

ISHMT/ASME Heat and Mass Transfer Conference

The Institute of Armament Technology (I AT), Pune, in association with the Inaugural session of Heat and Mass Transfer Conference in progressTata Research Development and Design Centre (TRDDC) organised the Fifteenth National and Fourth Indian Society for Heat & Mass Transfer (ISHMT)/American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Heat and Mass Transfer Conference, during 12-15 January 2000. The Conference was aimed at discussing the two phase heat transfer, mechanism of heat conduction and raDIATion, electronic cooling, and heat transfer in nuclear and environmental engineering. Besides, several other topics like heat transfer in electronics, computers, metallurgy, space and aerosystems and manufacturing were also discussed. The Conference comprised industrial session or commercial aspects of heat and mass transfer technology and poster session of paper presentation and exhibition. Lt Gen VJ Sundaram (Retd), Adviser to the Aeronautical Development Agency inaugurated the Conference and released Souvenir and Conference Proceedings. Prof F Durst University of Erlingham, Germany and Prof D Gobin, Campus University, France, delivered the keynote addresses. About 250 participants from India and abroad participated in the Conference Prof GS Mani, Director & Dean, IAT, read out the message sent by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India and congratulated ISHMT, ASME, IAT, and TRDDC for organising the Conference. During the Conference, Prof VMK Shastry Best Award established after the founder secretary of ISHMT was instituted. Prof AK Kolar, on behalf of the research students of Prof Shastri, handed over an endowment cheque to the President of ISHMT. Prof MS Loknath, Organising Secretary of the Conference, offered the vote of thanks.

National Workshop on Piezoceramics and Devices

The Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune, organised Chief Guest being felicitated at the National Workshop on Piezoceramics and Devicesa one-day National Workshop on Piezoceramics and Devices (NWPD), on 15 February 2000. The Workshop aimed at providing a platform for deliberations and discussions on various aspects of piezoceramics technology and creating better awareness for drawing mutual benefit. Dr Placid Rodriguez, eminent nuclear scientist and Director, Indira Gandhi Atomic Research Centre, Kalpakkam,  inaugurated the Workshop. Shri KN Pandey, Piezoceramics and Devices Chairman, NWPD, welcomed the Chief Guest and participants while Shri AS Rajgopal Associate Director, ARDE, gave a brief note on the objectives of the Workshop. The Workshop was spread over three technical sessions wherein discussions on various aspects of compositional systems, processing and fabrication methods, applications and latest trends in the piezoceramics technology were carried out. About 170 scientists including 60 invitees and 70 delegates participated in the Workshop.