India must do more in innovative materials search: Scientist

Kolkata, Jan 7: A lot remains to be done by India in the area of search for innovative materials to achieve international recognition, said a leading scientist.

“Innovative materials is one of the foremost areas of research today at the global level and contributions from India are making their stride but still a lot remains to be done to achieve international recognition and/or utility,” said H.M. Chawla of the department of chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, at the centenary session of the Indian Science Congress here Monday.

Chawla said that the science of investigating the use of indigenous natural products to obtain innovative materials in the country is still in its infancy and needs to be nurtured.

According to the scientist, during recent years India has developed indigenous materials and methods for achieving food security, environmental protection and considerable value addition through translation of basic scientific findings into affordable technologies.

“These technologies, if implemented correctly have the potential to provide balanced diet to millions of children, enhance exports and provide jobs to the poor and marginalized population and at the same time would also keep India at the forefront of useful science internationally,” said Chawla.