August 26, 2010
The lively lecture at IITH temporal campus. Lecturers (counter-clockwise from top): Prof. Yoichiro MATSUMOTO, Managing Director, Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo, Prof. of Graduate School of Engineering; Prof. Yozo FUJINO, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo; and Mr. Kensaku KONISHI, President & CEO, Canon India Pvt. Ltd.
Japanese mission members welcomed by Prof. U.B. Desai, Director, IITH and his colleagues (top), Prof. U.B. Desai sharing his vision of the forthcoming permanent campus (middle), Group photo in front of the present IITH campus (below)
More than 100 students and faculties filling the lecture hall at the IITH campus were all ears to special lectures by Prof. Yoichiro MATSUMOTO, Managing Director, Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo, Prof. of Graduate School of Engineering, Prof. Yozo FUJINO, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo, and Mr. Kensaku KONISHI, President & CEO, Canon India Pvt. Ltd., who introduced Japanese forefront of science, technology and innovative marketing respectively on 18 August, 2010.
Prof. Yoichiro MATSUMOTO is an outstanding researcher in the field of fluid engineering and related areas with numerous awards both abroad and in Japan. He introduced active interchanges between the University of Tokyo and other institutes abroad in the lecture. He also made a presentation on his current research about ultrasonic waves and micro bubbles which have huge potential for advanced medical treatment. IITH students, inspired by his lecture surrounded him to ask further inquiries even after the lecture.
Prof. Yozo FUJINO an internationally well-known researcher with expertise of dynamics, control and monitoring of bridges and structures, and earthquake- and wind-effects on structures, excited audience with his visual presentation on infrastructure and its quake-resistance, as well as a series of Japanese pioneers in this academic field. Many practical examples including university campuses all over the world also gave the audience vivid imagination in relation to the forthcoming IITH permanent campus, the vision of which is being formulated.
Mr. Kensaku KONISHI, President & CEO, Canon India Pvt. Ltd, which in the year 2009 achieved a sales growth of 26% over 2008 and a turnover of Rs.840 Crores despite the financial turmoil, made a strong impact on the audience by telling their innovating marketing approaches throughout India. Learning from his lecture that the company today employs over 800 people, the majority of which are from India including the graduates of IITs, the audience showed their strong interests in opportunities and challenges for Canon India to expand its business in India.
Special Lecture Series for IITH-Japan Collaboration is a contribution to enhance knowledge networking among intellectuals in India and Japan. The Government of Japan established the IIT-H Consortium of Japan in August 2009 as the umbrella organization of government, academia and industry partners from Japan with the aim of promoting collaboration with IIT-H. JICA, the organizer of this Japanese mission to IITH in August 2010, is building a partnership with IITH to contribute to IITH-Japan Collaboration through various ODA schemes.
Welcoming visits by the Japanese guests, Prof. U.B. Desai expresses his high expectation to take an advantage of such opportunities to bring "Challenging Lectures", where students and faculties at IITH are stimulated through learning the current issues and discussions about science and technology. Prof. Desai not only hosted the special lectures on 18 August, but also actively took part in the discussions throughout the 3 lectures.
Japanese mission also made a fruitful discussion with Prof. U.B. Desai and others in IITH on further promotion of faculty and student exchanges between IIT-H and Japanese Universities as well as possible approaches to deepen partnership for IITH campus development. IITH recently appointed a focal person on collaboration with Japan who is supposed to follow up those discussions. It is hoped that the momentum to accelerate collaboration between IITH and Japan will be further strengthened.