Convert research to innovations: Saraswat

member of the Central government body NITI Aayog V K SaraswatPanaji: Padma Bhushan awardee and a member of the Central government body NITI Aayog V K Saraswat said that merely publishing research papers does not absolve educational institutions of their duty and that a research paper only reaches its logical conclusion when it translates into an innovation that contributes to the country’s growth.

Saraswat was speaking at the opening of a conference at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Goa, at Farmagudi, on Monday.

“Merely publishing a paper should not be our goal. We should take it further to a level where it can be converted to an innovation. The innovation should be further converted to value, only after which you have achieved your mission,” said Saraswat, a former secretary of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of the government of India.

Saraswat said that students should not limit themselves to only certain subjects when pursuing research if they feel they can contribute to innovation in other fields. He urged researchers to contribute to the innovation and in turn to the development of our country and help India upgrade its position on the Global Innovation Index.

Professor J N Reddy, Oscar S Wyatt junior chair, Regents Professor, Texas A&M University, USA, who was also present at the event, expressed his concern about limited infrastructure provided to an institution like NIT Goa. He said that education is the most important sector following defence in any country.

“Education should not be looked at as a business or political vendetta. Providing quality education should be our primary goal,” Dr Reddy said.

NIT, Goa, in association with Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, has organized the two-day international conference on December 14 and 15, on ‘Current trends in non-classical mechanics’ to celebrate professor J N Reddy’s 70th birthday.

Reddy is distinctly known for his research on theoretical formulations and numerical analysis of problems in engineering.