Scientists and researchers take part in Plasma-2013
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhubaneswar, 6 December
More than 400 scientists, research scholars and other resource persons belonging to a number of national and international institutions took part in the 28th National Symposium on Plasma Science and Technology, titled Plasma-2013, held at KIIT University here. 
The symposium, which has “Fusion Science and Technology” as its theme, has been jointly organized by School of Applied Sciences, KIIT University and Plasma Science Society of India (PSSI). The four-day symposium focused on fundamental, industrial, space and laser plasma aspects.  Prof Y C Saxena of Institute for Plasma Research delivered the keynote address during the inaugural session mentioning progress of fusion science in India, which is focused on the developments of SINP, Aditya and SST1 tokamak. 
With SST1 having its first plasma in June 2013 and India making a significant contribution in international thermonuclear experimental reactor, future of fusion science looks very promising, he claimed. 
Prof. Bimla Buti, founder member of PSSI ; Prof. A. N. Sekar Iyengar – President PSSI; Prof. P. P. Mathur, vice chancellor, KIIT; Prof. D. K. Tripathy, pro-VC; Prof. B. B. Patra, Dean, School of Applied Sciences, KIIT and Dr. K. S. Parashar, Oraganising Secretary attended the inaugural programme.
A special session was kept for local institutes in which scientists from National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT) etc presented papers. 
It needs to be noted that the group led by Dr. S. K. S. Parashar and Dr. (Mrs.) Kajal Parashar of KIIT have developed Lithium Titanate nanoceramic pebbles that can also be used for tokamak applications.
Eminent scientists from IPR, BARC, SINP, DU, RRCAT, VSSC, DRDO Lab, and leading institutions from Australia and Nepal attended the symposium. 
Prominent industries like NPCIL, Allahabad Bank I-Design, ANT-ceramics, ANSYS, SG Limited also participated in “Plasma 2013”.