Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) – an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of it’s people, culture and achievements. It is the time for renewing our connection with our ancient and glorious past and for committing ourselves to the task of nation-building towards a greater tomorrow by taking pride in our roots and ancient heritage. Shruti Amrut is the collaboration between Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM), an initiative of Ministry of Culture (Government of India) and SPIC MACAY. SPIC MACAY is very pleased to present Shruti Amrut in Coimbatore in association with Kumararguru Insitutions. And invite you to experience the beauty of Indian Classical Music with its enthralling line-up of eminent artists from across the country. The performance promises to be a unique and memorable experience for all music lovers. In this two-day event, the first day event is going to be held on 6th May 2023 (Saturday) at 6pm in Ramanandha Adigalar Auditorium, Kumaraguru Campus, Coimbatore. Situated in a sprawling 156-acre campus in the IT corridor of Coimbatore. Perfect venue to experience the full beauty of Indian classical music performed by world renowned musicians. The concert will begin with Mohiniyattam recital by Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Gopika Varma, following this, we will have Dhrupad Recital by Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Pandit Uday Bhawalkar. The second day event is going to be held on 7th May 2023 (Sunday) at the same time and venue. The concert will begin with Hindustani Flute recital by Padma Vibhushan awardee Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, following this, we will have Carnatic Music recital by Padma Shri & Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Smt Aruna Sairam. The four open to all performances promises to be a unique and memorable experience for all music lovers. SPIC MACAY – The Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst youth is a voluntary youth movement that promotes the tangible & intangible aspects of Indian & world heritage by organizing programs and workshops of Indian Classical Music, Classical dance, folk music, folk dance, yog, meditation, crafts, and other aspects of Indian culture. It is a movement started in 1977 and has chapters in over 850 towns across the world. The core purpose of SPICMACAY is to have every child experience the inspiration and mysticism embodied in Indian and World heritage.
Accelerating Defence & Aerospace Industry in TN Defence Corridor
Continuing its relentless efforts in creating a conducive Defence Ecosystem in Coimbatore and supporting industries to develop defence products, Kumaraguru Institutions (KI) hosted a Seminar that focuses on “Accelerating indigenous development in the Defence & Aerospace Industry in TN Defence Corridor”. The seminar was organised by Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation Ltd (TIIC) and Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation Limited (TIDCO) along with Kumaraguru Centre for Industrial Research and Innovation (KCIRI) – the industrial arm of Kumaraguru Institutions. The aim of the seminar was to sensitise the local industries in the region about the immense business opportunities available with various defence establishments and large private industries in the defence & aerospace sector, and to make Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor (TNDIC), a hub for defence manufacturing in the country.
The speakers were invited from the Armed Forces, DRDO, DPSUs and Anchor Industries who elaborated on
• Facilitating industry for business opportunities in Tamil Nādu Defence Industrial Corridor
• Indigenization, sustenance and maintenance of Missile systems
• Harnessing and nurturing Innovation to Address Capability Gaps in Defence & Aerospace
• Opportunities for MSMEs and start-ups to address Defence capability gaps
• Success stories of defence and aerospace companies in Tamil Nadu and highlight best practices that can be replicated in the TN DIC
B Krishnamoorthy, Special Secretary and Project Director, TIDCO said that the central government has banned the import of around 400 arms are ammunitions and it has to be domestically manufactured. It has to be domestically manufactured. The union government has set a target of Rs 1.25 lakh Crore worth of domestic manufacturing to be done in the next 3 years. This is a huge opportunity for the domestic industries which needs to be capitalised, said B Krishnamoorthy, Special Secretary and Project Director, TIDCO as part of a Seminar that focuses on “Accelerating indigenous development in the Defence & Aerospace Industry in TN Defence Corridor” at Kumaraguru Institutions. Rajesh R, Chairman, SIDM TN State Chapter, Senior VP Defence, Ashok Leyland said Coimbatore is the third destination in the state for such a seminar after Hosur and Salem. The primary focus of the seminar is to bring in and explain the policy and opportunities across defence and aerospace industry. Hans Raj Verma, Chairman & Managing Director, The Tamil Nadu Industrial Corporation Limited (TIIC) said there is compelling need that India be self-reliant in its capabilities and meet the requirements for defence forces. Collectively the government, industry and academia should contribute, to enhancing the capabilities of the country in defence manufacturing. “We want the MSMEs to be relevant, contemporary and competitive for which Technology is imperative which all the MSME must negotiate and master. The government of Tamil Nadu is there to support and guide,” he said. Mr Kranti Kumar Pati, Coimbatore District Collector said the government of India is focusing on the indigenisation of defence and Tamil Nadu government has captured this opportunity in creating new industrial base in the state. Tamil Nadu has always been in industrial state and leader in the manufacturing sector for long. But many traditional industries are witnessing saturation which needs intervention. For instance, industries cannot rely on cheap labour especially when Coimbatore has 77 engineering colleges producing lakhs of engineering students who needs to be offered cutting edge jobs. In this, defence will play a major role because that is the focus area when we are looking at the geopolitical and international developments. We cannot rely on imports for critical defence technology and Coimbatore and Tamil Nadu can play eminent role in this, he said. Rajesh R, Chairman, SIDM TN State Chapter, Senior VP Defence, Ashok Leyland said Coimbatore is the third destination in the state for such a seminar after Hosur and Salem. The primary focus of the seminar is to bring in and explain the policy and opportunities across defence and aerospace industry. People across 150 industries and 7 colleges took part and made use of the seminar.