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Kalam’s tips to win Nobel Prize

Shastry V. Mallady

Suggests seven potential research fields for engineering students

— Photo: S. James

Valuable: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam inaugurating the Centre for Advanced Research in Evolutionary Computing at Thiagarajar College of Engineering in Madurai on Sunday. Radha Thiagarajan, chairman, Governing Council of the college (extreme left), Karumuttu T. Kannan, vice-chairman (second from right), are in the picture.

MADURAI: The scientist in former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam came to the fore here on Sunday when he suggested to engineering students and faculty two research areas with Nobel Prize-winning potential.

Focus on research in solar energy to improve the capacity of photovoltaic cells and forecasting earthquake through studies on electromagnetic phenomenon had good chances of winning Nobel, he said addressing the Golden jubilee celebrations of Thiagarajar College of Engineering.

“If we focus on solar voltaic cells and tap more solar energy, there is a good possibility of a Nobel prize. And, earthquake problems faced by countries like India require forecasting mechanism by research in atmospheric anomalies. This will also be a Nobel area,” Mr. Kalam said. He suggested seven potential research fields for engineering students, which included solar studies, nuclear energy, study of proteins/genomics, vaccine for HIV/AIDS prevention, stem cell research, earthquake prediction and global monsoon research. Lauding the role played by TCE in creating a talented pool of engineers, the former President suggested the college faculty to identify ‘brilliant minds’ and provide good environment to them for pursuing research.

He declared open the Centre for Advanced Research in Evolutionary Computing.

Radha Thiagarajan, Chairman of Governing Council of the college, said that Mr. Kalam held the highest office of the nation with dignity and grace. TCE Vice-Chairman and Correspondent Karumuttu T. Kannan, and Collector S.S. Jawahar were present.

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