IIT-Madras faculty member Krishnan Balasubramanian on Monday inaugurated an innovation facility centre of the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) and the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Trichy.

This facility centre has been set up at NIT Trichy to promote innovations towards commercialisation, drive technology transfer and mentor student and faculty startups. Besides this, the centre will sensitise the academia about technologies that need to be developed and commercialised.

Krishnan said research and innovation activities should make an impact in the society. He was hopeful that this is just the beginning for many startups to evolve from NIT Trichy.

K Muthu Kumar, coordinator of NRDC-NIT Trichy, stressed on promoting activities of MSME sector like mentoring the technical expertise of Trichy fabrication clusters and boost fabrication of indigenous defence-related products in line with the requirements of Tamil Nadu defence corridor.

S Muthukumaran, dean (Research and Consultancy) NIT Trichy, said the centre would primarily start with a focus on solid waste management and green crackers. Webinars have also been planned.

NIT Trichy director Mini Shaji Thomas emphasised on the need for such an innovation facility centre. She said the shift has to be towards transferring knowledge in terms of product and technology.

Satish Vasu Kailas of Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru explained the strategy to convert pandemic blocking stone into stepping stone in research progress by giving useful tips and strategies to complete tasks and make progress on time in terms of framing a hypothesis, executing experiments, writing manuscripts and work-life balance.

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