‘Build technology to compete with other nations’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Mar 2017 10:58:20

Staff Reporter,


Mar 6,

Emeritus Professor of Stanford University Paulraj delivers a lecture at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee International Institute of Information Technology Naya Raipur

India must become a player or partner in Information Technology (IT) at world level. Build technology for own country which would throw open new avenues, stated Padma Bhushan Professor Arogyaswami Joseph Paulraj, Emeritus Professor of Stanford University while delivering a lecture on “Evolution of Mobile Air Interface Technology” at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Naya Raipur on Monday.

Talking to a group of reporters at the sideline of the programme at Naya Raipur, Tamil Nadu-born scientist Paulraj emphasized the need to lift quality of Indian universities and make Indian education system stronger.
“We must be able to build technology in India. If we build technology in India, we can become a player or partner in IT sector at global level,” observed Paulraj.

Responding to a query on how can innovation and research based education in IT sector be promoted in India, Member of the Board of IIIT Naya Raipur Arogyaswami Paulraj said that world class people (expert) must be nurtured in the country who are capable of building new technology and innovation in the country and it would be helpful to meet the challenges of IT sector at global level.

Asked on call drop problems in the country, Paulraj, who is a pioneer of MIMO wireless communications, said that call drop problem arises due to overloading of internet. It needs to develop better engineering network to sort out this problem and good engineers should also be prepared. Responding to query on racial attacks against Indians in United States of America, the renowned wireless communication scientist said, “America is much better place for immigrants. I never faced any problem there. But racial attacks have begun when President Donald John Trump banned immigrants of some countries.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India campaign is a very good initiative. IT sector is a very important field. Still more can be done in this field, observed Marconi prize winner Paulraj.

His breakthrough research in MIMO wireless communication is the driving technology for 4G and 5G based systems. Paulraj briefly presented the journey of wireless communication from first generation (1G) to yet to come fifth generation (5G) technologies. He pointed out that the importance of 5G communication mainly depends on the technologies on service, application, usage and their interaction. In his concluding remarks, he said that the challenge for India is to be a technology builder rather than just being technology users. He encouraged the students and participants to be innovators in technology and research.

Professor Paulraj chaired a panel discussion consisting of academicians Dr Sudarshan Tiwari, Director of NIT Raipur; Professor M K Verma, Vice Chancellor of CSVTU Bhilai; Dr Sanjay Kumar, Vice Chancellor of ITM University Raipur; Dr Pradeep K Sinha, Vice Chancellor and Director of IIIT Naya Raipur; S S Bajaj, Commissioner of Technical Education, Government of Chhattisgarh and A M Parial, Vice Chairman of CHiPS. The topic of the panel discussion was “Future of IT and How India can contribute effectively”.

In his opening remarks, Professor Paulraj posed two challenges to the panelists -“the factors to sustain and defend the present growth of technologies” and “the enabling factor to support innovation”. Vice Chancellor and Director of the IIIT Naya Raipur Dr Pradeep K Sinha suggested the incorporation of fractal credits in academic curriculum to facilitate the students to quickly catch up with advanced technologies. At the end, Professor Paulraj emphasised on research and innovation in academic curriculum and government initiative to nurture