Scholars deliver talk on range of topics on NSD celebration of ARCI

Scholars from some of the premier institutes all over India delivered talks on topics ranging from 3D printing, alloy design, water purification, artificial intelligence, renewable energy, smart materials etc., in the field of Materials Science and Engineering at the 'Science, Technology & Innovation Talks (STIN 2021)', a national level competition for young research fellows, organized by International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI) on the occasion of National Science Day celebrations during 25-26 February 2021.

The best three among the young research scholars from IISc, IITs, NITs and Universities who participated in the talk series were evaluated based on a 3-minute presentation were selected by a panel of eminent professors and senior scientists based on the novelty, scientific/technical content and relevance to societal needs.

The prize winners were Ms M. Sai Kiran, DST Inspire Fellow (SRF) from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus, Ms Jagriti Singh, Research Scholar, Centre for Nanoscience and Engg., IISc, Bangalore and Ms S. Mamatha, Research Scholar, Centre for Ceramic Processing, ARCI, Hyderabad.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr G. Padmanabham, Director, ARCI, congratulated the young scientists for carrying out materials research in socially relevant areas such as energy, health, environment, advanced manufacturing and so on. He urged the young researchers to elevate their curiosity not only in understanding the scientific phenomena but also the social circumstances in which they live. While mentioning that the best science is happening at the interface of different science streams, he highlighted the importance of interaction among young researchers across disciplines. He underscored emerging materials research trends such as metamaterials, high entropy alloys, application of artificial Intelligence in understanding & designing materials, 3D Printing and so on.

As a part of the ARCI’s outreach activity, Dr Padmanabham released ten ‘Science and Technology Demo Videos for Students’ based on ARCI technology developments. These will be circulated to all schools in the form of a DVD and will also be available on the ARCI website ( More such videos will be periodically added on to the ARCI website.

Dr Rakesh K Mishra, Director, CSIR-CCMB Hyderabad, elucidated the challenge, the exciting science, the rigour and the practical aspect of deploying a usable vaccine in the current pandemic situation at the National Science Day talk on 'The Science, Development and Deployment of Vaccines.