The Society for Polymer Science, India

President's Message

Dear Friends,

It is an honour and privilege to be elected as the President of the Society of Polymer Science – India (SPSI), which has had outstanding individuals as Presidents in the past, all of whom have demonstrated an unstinting commitment and have spared no effort to champion the cause of Polymer Science in our country.

I had the good fortune to be present at the first annual meeting of the newly formed society, Polymers-91 hosted at NCL Pune by Dr Sivaram in 1991; the remarkable event that still remains fresh in my mind was the coming together of two existing polymer societies of our country that had, until then, charted their own course, held their own meetings etc. The coming together of the two societies was in itself a remarkable event that reaffirmed the single-minded commitment of the stalwarts of the time to fostering Polymer Science in the country setting aside all other historical baggage that often makes such mergers difficult; I truly cherished this event and had great expectations from the newly formed Society. It is indeed a tribute to all the erstwhile Presidents of the Society, that today we have a very vibrant community of polymer scientists in our country and our society has progressed from strength to strength; the increasingly strong showing at the biannual MACRO meetings is clearly a testimony to the highest regard that the Society garners among polymer scientists of our country and the world.

At this juncture, I am greatly humbled to take over as the President of SPSI, especially because of the outstanding tenure of the outgoing President Dr S. Sivaram; SPSI has immensely benefitted from the extraordinary commitment and leadership of Dr Sivaram, who has played several roles right from its inception to finally culminating in his role as the President. He has been instrumental in formulating its agenda, fostering the biannual National meetings, encouraging the formation of several chapters across the country, enhancing the membership, managing its finances and several other activities. He has shown the highest level of professionalism in dealing with all aspects of its governance and demonstrated a remarkable commitment to elevating the stature of the Society to its current level. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on these outstanding accomplishments, thank him for all he has done for the polymer community of our country and urge him to continue to mentor the society with his wisdom and sagely advice.

Today, SPSI is the most vibrant forum that represents polymer scientists in our country; we have several regional chapters, many of whom have shown incredible commitment to the founding ideals of the society and have fostered the cause of polymer science in the country. We need to encourage all the chapters to rejuvenate and become vibrant entities. Polymer Science, being a remarkably interdisciplinary field, encompasses practitioners with a wide range of core expertise; from chemistry to physics, materials engineering to chemical engineering, and lately from biology to medical science. It is incumbent on us as a Society to become the forum that represents Polymer Science in all its richness and variety; I hope that we would endeavour hard to represent all of these incredibly diverse practitioners in the coming years. Furthermore, Polymer Science being close to application, we should also commit ourselves to foster active participation from industry; we should seek new ideas and ways in which we could partner with industry to take the cause of polymer science in the country forward.

On behalf of the newly elected team of office bearers, I would like to thank all of you for having bestowed your confidence on us; I look forward to working with all of you to take this Society forward to higher levels of excellence.

Yours truly,

S. Ramakrishnan
Immediate Past President's Message

Dear Fellow Members,

It is my pleasure to address all of you, one more time, but the last time as the President of the Society of Polymer Science, India. Let me first bring you current on Societies activities.

Macro 2015, held at IACS, Kolkata was a resounding success. On all your behalf, I wish to place our deepest gratitude to Professor Arun Nandi and his team for an exceptional job performed. The Symposium was well attended and the quality of the papers presented were of very high quality. It is good to see the stupendous response from, both, scientists and students, validating that such a symposium is indeed a necessary platform to bring people from all part of India together, once in two years. The Symposium had a total of over 600 registered participants including several overseas delegates. The organizers brought out the proceedings in a printed volume. The proceedings are also available at the SPSI web site.

The 13th Symposium, Macro-2015 was inaugurated by Professor M.M. Sharma on 23 January 2015. Interestingly, Professor Sharma also inaugurated Polymers ’91, the first in this series of symposium held at NCL, Pune on January 1, 1991.
Professor M.M. Sharma inaugurating Polymer’91 at NCL, Pune on January 1, 1991
Professor M. M. Sharma inaugurating Macro 2015
at IACS, Kolkatta, January 23, 2015

It was during the Polymer’91 meeting that the Polymer science/community in India, decided to reinvigorate the Society, register itself as a Society at NCL, Pune and establish chapters all over India. Thus, 2015 marks the beginning of the 25th year of the SPS(I), the Silver Jubilee year. It was, therefore, fitting that in this year, the Macro 2015 was held at IACS, Kolkata, India’s oldest and most venerated research institution and the place where Professor Santi Ranjan Palit initiated polymer science research in India sixty five years ago. Interestingly, the first paper published from India in polymer science was from this group, in Proc. Royal Society, A, p.485 in 1950.

Professor M.M. Sharma also gave away the Professor Santappa award and K. Kishore memorial Awards to Professor Nikhil Singha, Professor M. Jayakannan and Professor Satish Patil, respectively, for the year 2014.

Professor Sharma awarding Professor M. Santappa Award to Professor Singha and Professor Kishore Awards to Satish Patil and Professor M. Jayakannan

The AGM of SPS(I) was held on 23 January 2015. The minutes of the AGM is available to the members on the website. It is with great pleasure that I inform you that the AGM selected a new set of office bearers for the period 2015-2017. They are as follows:
PRESIDENT Dr. S. Ramakrishnan, Bangalore
PAST PRESIDENT Dr. S. Sivaram, Pune
VICE PRESIDENT Dr. A. Ajayaghosh, Thiruvananthapuram
  Dr. Tarun K. Mandal, Kolkata
TREASURER Dr. C.V. Avadhani, Pune
BANGALORE Dr. Satish A. Patil
CALICUT Dr. G. Unnikrishnan
CHENNAI Dr. P. Kannan
KOLKATA Dr. D. Chattopadhyay
KHARAGPUR Dr. Dibakar Dhara
NEW DELHI Dr. Anup Ghosh
PUNE Dr. M.V. Badiger

The Thiruvananthapuram Chapter has kindly agreed to host the next National Meeting of the Society in December 2016 – January 2017. The exact dates will be announced in due course.

It is my pleasant duty now, as I prepare to sign off as President, to thank my erstwhile colleagues, who as office bearers of the Society, gave me immense support and cooperation during the years 2009-14. It is also my pleasure to formally welcome the new office bearers of the Society and wish them well in all their endeavors to make the Society even more vibrant and relevant to this community in India.

In one way or another, I have been associated with this Society since its very inception. I have a deep emotional attachment with SPS(I) which I will continue to cherish. However, the baton has to pass on to another generation. We must move on.

Thanks to every one of you.

S. Sivaram

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