Mylswamy Annadurai (third right), vice-president of Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, and R. Ramamurthy (second right), president of CODISSIA, interacting with college students at the National Science and Technology Fair in Coimbatore on Thursday.

NASA places order with Coimbatore industry: Mylswamy Annadurai

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Mylswamy Annadurai (third right), vice-president of Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, and R. Ramamurthy (second right), president of CODISSIA, interacting with college students at the National Science and Technology Fair in Coimbatore on Thursday.

Many units in Coimbatore supply hardware parts to ISRO, he says

With industries in Coimbatore looking at opportunities in emerging sectors, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has placed an order with a hardware industry based in Coimbatore, said Mylswamy Annadurai, Vice-President of Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, here on Thursday.

Mr. Annadurai, who was the former director at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and played a key role in the Chandrayaan-I and Mangalyaan missions, spoke at the inauguration of National Science and Technology Fair organised by Coimbatore District Small Industries Association (CODISSIA) at the CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex. Commending the industries in Coimbatore, he also said that many of them provide hardware parts to ISRO.

“Innovators will always be laughed at initially,” he told students, as he explained the various challenges faced by his team during the planning and execution of Chandrayaan – I and Mangalyaan missions, and the innovations involved in both the missions.

R. Panneerselvam, Principal Director of MSME Technology Development Centre, Process and Product Development Centre (PPDC), Agra, said, “We (PPDC) are very aggressive in promoting entrepreneurship, incubations and innovations.” The Central Government had proposed a grant of Rs 50 lakh to entrepreneurs with a “product or process idea”.

CODISSIA president R. Ramamurthy said the exhibition is a part of CODISSIA’s golden jubilee year celebrations.

Organised under CODISSIA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, the three-day fair has nearly 160 schools and colleges from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan displaying about 1,200 exhibits. Projects with market potential might be chosen by industrialists who visit the fair, according to a press release.


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