Dr.T.R.Gopalakrishnan Nair

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Positive approach: Sealing a pact for research at Dayananda Sagar institutions


In pursuit of high profile research in leading-edge technology domains, the Research and Industry Incubation Centre of Dayananda Sagar Institutions had organised an international symposium by inviting Sudhanshu Rai, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and Rajendra Bera, Professor, International Institute of Information Management, Bangalore, on the theme “Collaborative Research in Frontier Areas.”

The keynote address was delivered by T.R. Gopalakrishnan Nair, Director, RIIC, DSI, on the theme “Derivatives of International Research Collaboration.” He portrayed a multidimensional picture of international research programmes and the requirements for increased collaboration for the best utilisation of capital funds and intellectual resources spread across different nations. He emphasised the point that the 21st century research paradigm requires the transformation from segregated research and knowledge binding to open-architecture research framework and sharable ROI (Return On Investment) pattern.



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`Modern engineers must have global vision'

Engineers of the 21st century will have numerous opportunities in discovery, innovation and sustained learning. The three promising fields are nano-technology, biotechnology and information technology.

Thiruvananthapuram , Aug. 26

INDIA must make a strategic shift from merely demanding `excellence' of its large scientific community and should insist on, and reward `pre-eminence' in emerging technologies in order that the engineering offers itself up as a career of choice for the young and hopeful graduates.

This is because modern engineers responsible for building products of relevance must have global vision and awareness about the product range and the requirements of the emerging new world, according to Dr T.R. Gopalakrishnan Nair, winner of the PARAM Award for the best parallel computing network in India in 1992 as well as a senior member of the IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers).

This would require that the training and education system are accordingly fine-tuned, he said while delivering a talk on `Engineering career - In Transition' hosted by the Institution of Engineers here.

Every region in the country must identify its own strengths and resources and allow professionals to exploit them to the maximum. A least 30 per cent of the academic effort must be expended in the frontiers of technology. All realms of professional excellence - quality, reliability, adequateness, economic viability, frontier knowledge and ethical values - must gain recognition in the process. To be in the forefront, the education system must undergo consistent and perpetual change leading to updated knowledge and skills. Future professionals must be equipped with the right tools and vision to apply the knowledge.

A change in perception is required for achieving excellence in engineering. Academic and professional training systems must reorient themselves with global perceptions and career opportunities, and think beyond geographical limitations and cultural inhibitions. They should as well seek to observe ethics and retain value systems for ringing in a sustainable society. An ideal academic programme should seek to inculcate leadership values, create new knowledge, be adequately motivating and promote discoveries, Dr Nair said.

Mere possession of a degree would not be enough. Opportunities in science and technology are becoming more and more global in their reach. A reading of the Indian scenario reveals that only IT professionals are adequately trained, and possess the skills to go global.

Engineers of the 21st century will have numerous opportunities in discovery, innovation and sustained learning. The emerging fields will evolve suitably and necessitate a continuous learning process.

The three promising fields are nano-technology, biotechnology and information technology. Information Technology, according to Dr Nair, will become a field of unimaginable complexity with domain specific knowledge and properties.

Self-organising, self-healing and self-reconfiguring systems are set to emerge, which will ask for support and care from engineers. Autonomic features will evolve more and more in systems.

Autonomous systems will conquer every application from home appliances to space colonies and the engineering skills to deal with them will become truly global in the years to come.

In the 1980s, information technology opened up the floodgates for information flow across countries in business and technology.

Knowledge and skills are pervading seamlessly now in the domains of electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering than ever before.

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Upgrade content delivery to push technology-driven economy

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug. 8 Upsurge in the domestic services sector and consequent boom in economy are as much attributable to low capital demand as it is to an education system based on English-based content delivery.

The IT outsourcing phenomenon made the boom visible to the common man. But the moot question is whether software/third party directed work could alone place India into a strong position in science, technology and education by 2015, says Dr T.R.G. Nair, leading educationist and academician.

For a better tomorrow

Science, technology, economics and education are undergoing rapid transformation these days. This has brought about decisive changes to the society as a whole, thanks to seamless bandwidth communication and transportation.

Higher education is the medium which positions pillars to support all these changes, said Dr Nair, Director of the Bangalore-based DS Institutions. But this sector is forced to square up with restricted content delivery, blocking critical thinking and evaluation. Evidence is from the fact no breakthrough product from Indian science and engineering has gone on to take the world by storm.

Challenges posed

Speaking to an invited audience here recently, he said that unconventional content delivery is what will equip people to take up the challenges posed by science, technology and education in a fast-evolving 21st century.

Explaining, Dr Nair said that a super economy is evolving around modern science and technology, which measures quality in microns and nanos. The thin line separating science and engineering in this domain is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

The notion of educational rigidity itself is under severe challenge. A nano engineer works in his room  not anymore in a mega factory or loco shed  to make his dollar-million. If the 20th century models are policy driven and rigid, they need to be market driven and liberal in the 21st century.

Global standards

Accountable research and development, supported by funding schemes, need to be formulated in universities. The State would have to come up with enabling legislations.

Entrepreneurial thinking has to be indoctrinated into higher education, enabling and empowering seekers to find opportunities and exploit them. A multi-cultural orientation is called for if only to share knowledge and practices using the bandwidth. The aim must be to reach international content delivery standards. Liberalisation and internationalisation will enable more institutions to set up shop, Dr Nair said. Considering the population level and the geographical spread, a cluster of 300 to 400 universities should not be too high for the country.

More so when around 10 million in suitable age group are seeking knowledge. By todays standards, a trained group of one million can easily generate a turnover of $100 billion.

But all these thoughts have implications at three levels  national, State and university. Appropriate political will, intellectual support and funding can pave the way for a better 21st century India.

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  • Education from the leading Institutions like IISc , Bangalore
  • Experience in Electronics, Computers,Aerospace and Business
  • Leading Roles in these domains
  • Awards received include PARAM award
  • IEEE Senior member for two decades



The research is a passion.  There are several products, process and principles developed during this period. Total Number of publications include 75  Technical papers. No of patents 3. No of products developed 17.

Other  details of achievements are shown in resume

In 2008-09

  • 75 Research Papers
  • 25 Key note address
  • Several International Visits and Presentations
  • 4 patents
  • 3 book chapters - International
  • The Starting of  "InterJRI - Journal of Research and Industry" , two streams
  • Industrial Consultancy