The Annual day of UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research (CSR) was celebrated on December 13, 2011. Prof. A. K. Sood, President, Indian Academy of Sciences was the Chief Guest. The function started with Dr. P. Chaddah, Director, UGC-DAE CSR, welcoming the guests. He informed the achievements of the Consortium such as utilization and development of various facilities and its research activities, specifically the role of Consortium in providing the access to the big science facilities of the country to the University researchers. He mentioned that a total of about 900 researchers have utilized the facilities of Consortium in the last year. He mentioned about the inauguration and the commissioning of state of the art research facilities at Kalpakkam Node. He then introduced the Chief Guest to the gathering, highlighting his scientific achievements, recognitions and awards.
Prof. Sood, in his address, commended the achievement of CSR in providing access to state of art research facilities to the university researchers and mentioned that the CSR has become a role-model in the country for such Consortia. He spoke on "Incredible Graphene!", where he discussed emerging applications based on the Graphene and many fascinating physical properties of Graphene translating into new devices. He also discussed his research work and elaborated on the use of Raman spectroscopy in the fabrication and characterization of devices based on Graphene such as field effect transistor, resistive switching elements etc. The alternative analogue materials to Graphene such as layered MoS2 were briefly discussed at the end.
After the Chief Guest's address, the prestigious Prof. R. Srinivasan Award for Low Temperature Physics/Cryogenics was awarded to Shri. P.K. Kush, RRCAT, Indore for the Indigenous Development of Country's first Helium Liquefier. The CSR award for Scientific Excellence was presented to Dr. Rajeev Rawat of the Indore centre for his immense contribution towards the mandate of the Consortium and carrying out internationally impact making research work. Prof. Ajay Gupta, Centre- Director, UGC DAE CSR, Indore centre, proposed vote of thanks.
The function was attended by members of Scientific Advisory Committee, scientists and academicians from RRCAT, DAVV and other institutions and scientists and students of CSR. The address of Prof. Sood was followed by a poster session highlighting the research activities / facilities of the three Centres at Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai and the Kalpakkam Node and lectures by the awardees in the afternoon session.
The day ended with a classical musical program of Sarod Vadan by Shri. Sachin Patwardhan, disciple of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.
Annual Day 2012
Celebration of Next Annual Day on December 14, 2012