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VTU, Bosch sign pact to start R&D centre

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Advanced research centres to be opened at four locations


The centre will come up at Muddenahalli

‘Fruits of research should reach people in rural areas’


CHIKMAGALUR: H.P. Khincha, Vice-Chancellor of Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum, said here on Thursday that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with Bosch Automotive on August 11 to start a joint Research & Design centre for automotive electronics at Muddenahalli.

Speaking to presspersons, Dr. Khincha said that the university would open Visvesvaraya Institute of Advanced Technology centres for postgraduate study and research at Muddenahalli, Gulbarga, Belgaum and Mysore.

Inaugurating the 22nd International Conference of Jangjeon Mathematical Society at the Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology (AIT), Dr. Khincha said that mathematics and physics were closely related and the application of mathematics was seen in geography, sociology and biology.

He said biology had become the fourth pillar in engineering after physics, chemistry and mathematics. It has provided a lot of answers to hitherto unanswered questions, he said.

Conference

He announced that for the first time in India, the International Conference of Mathematics will be held in Hyderabad in August 2010.

N. Rudraiah, former Vice-Chancellor of Gulbarga University, said that Indians had contributed a great deal to mathematics. Regretting that India was still a developing country in spite of possessing abundant talent, he said mathematics would play a significant role in solving global problems.

Observing that mathematicians could do a lot of work in the field of power production, he said that some unconventional methods of power production were not economically feasible and engineers should find alternative methods.

He said a new elliptical solar concentrator, with an efficiency of 82 per cent, had been patented.

‘Purify water’

Reiterating that fruits of research should reach people in rural areas, he called upon budding engineers to find ways of purifying polluted water at least for use for other purposes, if not drinking in villages.

Gununatha Swamy of Sri Adichunchanagiri Shaka Math, Sringeri; Taekyun Kim, founder chairman of the Jangjeon Mathematical Society; C.K. Subbaraya, principal of AIT;G.N. Rajappa, head of the Department of Mathematics, were present.

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