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.
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.
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:
||Dr. S. Ramakrishnan, Bangalore
||Dr. S. Sivaram, Pune
||Dr. A. Ajayaghosh, Thiruvananthapuram
||Dr. Tarun K. Mandal, Kolkata
||Dr. Anil Kumar, Mumbai
||Dr. C.V. Avadhani, Pune
||Dr. Satish A. Patil
||Dr. G. Unnikrishnan
||Dr. P. Kannan
||Dr. D. Chattopadhyay
||Dr. Dibakar Dhara
||Dr. Anup Ghosh
||Dr. M.V. Badiger
||Dr. E. Bhoje Gowd
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.
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