The Society for Polymer Science, India

President's Message

Dear Friends,

The most recently concluded MACRO-2018 in Pune witnessed a remarkable team work by three institutions, two old ones, namely the National Chemical Laboratory and University of Pune, and one very young one, the Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER, Pune), which has quickly accelerated to becoming one of the fine institutions in our country. I am sure all of you, who attend the meeting, would vouch for the outstanding quality of the science presented at the meeting, the excellent arrangements and the warm hospitality. As the president of SPSI, I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to all those who worked very hard to make MACRO-2018 a grand success; in particular, a big thanks to the Convenor, Professor M Jayakannan and the Co-convenor, Dr Prakash Wadgaonkar, for their untiring efforts to make MACRO-2018 - one to emulate in future. The affectionately conceived conference LOGO stands as an example of the care for detail that the organizers have demonstrated; the MACRO-2018 LOGO was much appreciated by everyone and, hence, the Society has decided to retain it as the permanent LOGO for all the biannual MACRO conferences of SPSI, with only the year being changed each time.

What impressed me most at the conference was the infectious enthusiasm of the all the participants; especially the young students who were eager to communicate the excitement of their research findings. I enjoyed the excellent lectures that revealed the richness of Polymer Science, both in its beauty and range. The poster sessions were just as exciting, I was especially pleased to see young budding researchers explain their findings with a sparkle in their eye; something that portends an exciting future for our country. What made the conference even more remarkable was the outstanding venue; it not only showcased the excellent state-of-the-art infrastructure that we can be proud off but also it made it easy for one to move from one session to the other. Overall, I was delighted that the meeting brought many outstanding speakers from across the world and showcased some of the best talent in Polymer Science in our country. A highlight of the meeting was the special SPSI-SPSJ session that brought together some excellent researchers from India and Japan; this was along the lines of the special SPSI-Macromolecules symposium that was held during MACRO-2017, in Thiruvananthapuram. I hope this trend will continue and we will have many more exciting Binational Symposia during future MACRO meetings.

Polymer Science in India is clearly flourishing with several excellent schools across the country working on exciting and contemporary topics that bring together the richness from across various disciplines. Polymer Science being intrinsically being cross-disciplinary,has been quick to adapt to the transformingknowledge base and demanding applications. It was clear from the range of talks that polymer scientists are making exciting discoveries of both, fundamental and applied nature, that could impact a wide range of areas; such as, materials for energy sequestering and storage, scaffolds for tissue engineering, surface engineering for improved biocompatibility, lithography at ultra-small dimensions for tomorrows electronics, polymeric reservoirs for sustained and targeted delivery of actives, etc. A discipline grows only by learning and adaptation from other allied subjects - Polymer Science has richly gained from welcoming practitioners from chemistry, physics, biology, chemical engineering, materials engineering and a variety of other engineering disciplines, like mechanical and electronics engineering. Clearly the excitement lies at the interfaces of disciplines, which often get explored only through dialog and collaborations. As polymer scientists, we are best poised to lead the way toward greater engagement among researchersfrom different disciplines and also with industrial researchers. I look forward to a more accelerated growth of our discipline through greater dialog with scientists of all shades and hues.

Before I close, I would like to invite all of you to the next bi-annual meeting of SPSI: MACRO 2020, that would be held in Guwahati. I look forward to seeing you there.

With warm regards,

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. E. Purushothaman
CHENNAI Prof. E. Murugan
KOLKATA Prof. Dipankar Chattopadhyay
KHARAGPUR Dr. Rabibrata Mukherjee
NEW DELHI Prof. 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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