Pushpa Gujral Science City celebrated National Technology Day by organizing a webinar on “Invention and Innovations: Flexible Engineering Materials”. Around 150 engineering college students from all over Punjab participated through virtual mode. Dr.Kushal Sen, Professor, Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi was the key speaker on this occasion. He said that, Science, Technology & Innovation plays a very important role in the growth of the national economy and to improve its efficiency. Inventions do not happen every day, the innovations however may. Innovation can be a new approach to a problem, a change in behavior, or a new way of using existing resources. Further, he said that, fibres are beautiful flexible materials which can be engineered to produce highly attractive and useful products. Fibres possess unique characteristics and can be modified to introduce various functional properties as well which can be used to create various innovative products at scales varying from macro, to micro, or to nano levels
Dr. Neelima Jerath, Director General, Science City while giving introductory remarks said that, sustainable future can only be achieved only through Science and Technology. Further, she said that cloth masks can be helpful to limit the spread of the COVID-19 however, serious consideration should be given to the choice of textile, the number of layers of cloth used, pre-treatment of the material with water repellent material and other compounds that can enhance the filtration efficiency of the masks without compromising their breathability.
On this occasion, Dr. Rajesh Grover, Director Science City said that, technology day is celebrated to highlight the achievements of engineers and Scientists in the field of science & technology. The day marks the anniversary of Pokhran nuclear tests and India's technological advancements in the space. He called upon the teaching community to motivate students to learn and apply scientific concepts in their daily life so as to ignite their interest in research and innovation.