Expressing his disappointment over the sheer mismanagement of water resources in India, Bharat Ratna Prof CNR Rao lamented that India was the most mismanaged country when it came to water conservation.
Speaking after inaugurating the three-day International Conference on ‘Advanced Materials and Technology (ICMAT – 2016) organised by Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE) on Thursday, Prof Rao pointed out that India, despite having advanced technologies failed to conserve rain and agriculture water. “Nothing much has been done towards the conservation of water and to ensure clean drinking water to people. There is quite a lot research to be done in water materials,” he said.
Prof Rao added that 60 percent of the diseases recorded in India were due to the consumption of polluted water. “The plight of people in parts of Punjab is such that they have been drinking water in which uranium is detected which could lead to cancer,” he added.
He underlined energy, environment and water as the areas wherein a lot of research was required in India, saying “these are the fields where we lack and serious research is need of the hour.”
Prof Rao called upon youth to discover new materials and phenomena rather to work on materials which were already discovered. He stressed the need to focus on material and nano science, saying the subject had great potential and were directly related to the welfare of human being.
During the inaugural session, SJCE exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chonbuk National University, South Korea. The scope of the MoU includes cooperative educational and research activities; exchange of researchers including faculty members and graduate students.