Mangaluru, Oct 27: NITTE, deemed to be a University, has been chosen by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, to host the Technology Enabling Centre (TEC) for Karnataka.
This is one of 10 such centres established at the national level. DST and other national funding agencies realise that most of the academic research lies on the shelves of the academic institutions though they have the potential to lead to the development of technologies.
The level of maturity of technology is indicated in terms of 'Technology Readiness Level' (TRL). Research Leads may be at TRL 1 or 2. There may be need to continue research to demonstrate the feasibility and this moves the research lead from TRL 2 to TRL 4.
NITTE Senior Director (International Relations) Dr Iddya Karunasagar said that Technology development will lead to progress from TRL 3 to TRL 6, technology demonstration from TRL 5 to TRL 7 and so on.
Technology Enabling Centres are expected to create an ecosystem for academic research leading to technology development by networking with institutions, national laboratories and industry, he added.
The newly-developed Centre was inaugurated by Chancellor Vinay Hegde in the presence of Dr Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Vice-Chancellor and Dr Moodithaya, Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
Dr Indrani Karunasagar, director of TEC and Dr Smitha Hegde, the coordinator explained the newly-created facilities, which includes patents, IPR and technology transfer cell headed by Dr Iddya Karunasagar; state-of-the-art training facility with smart board, networking and discussion rooms, webinar and video-conferencing facility.