Message from Hon. Secretary, AMEC / AMEF

As the Pontiff of Sri Admar Mutt, Udupi, His Holiness Sri Vibudhesha Theertha Swamiji, fulfilling his religious duties, simultaneously maintained, unusual for the head of a spiritual organization, a keen interest in promoting science, in interacting with scientists and sometimes even attending classes and lectures. He was keen on bridging the two systems of scientific and spiritual knowledge. Even though he founded about 30 Poornaprajna Institutions or schools all over the Country, Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research established in Bidalur, Bengaluru during 1998 was considered as a crest jewel among them, as the tangible symbol of love of a Saint for the Science. He envisioned PPISR as a forum for Scientists to pursue uninterrupted research and to provide training to young researchers.When H.H. Sri Vibudhesha Theertha Swamiji attained the Lotus Feet of Lord Sri Krishna, H.H. Sri Vishwapriya Theertha Swamiji, the present Pontiff of Sri Admar Mutt, Udupi, the President of AMEC and Chairman of AMEF, took up the task of guiding us through this journey that is simultaneously sacred and scientific. With the completion of the construction of the Bharat Ratna Prof C. N. R. Rao Laboratory for Materials Science and the successful completion of the doctoral work of the First Batch of our students, the first concrete step along the path laid by H.H. Sri Vibudhesha Theertha Swamiji has been achieved. With generous support from our Trust members and voluntary donors, a new hostel facility to accommodate 20 more students has been completed, which would enable us to meet the increased demand of research students. This current year witnessed many milestones, which include PPISR crossing the 174 publications in peer-reviewed journals of international repute, an achievement that is especially significant considering that it was achieved in a shorter time and with fewer faculty members when compared to many other better known institutes. In PPISR's journey in pursuit of the noble vision set forth by H.H. Sri Vibudhesha Theertha Swamiji and guided by H.H. Sri Vishwapriya Theertha Swamiji, all activities of PPISR are being funded mainly by AMEF. It is our fond hope that more members from the Corporate World and the General Public would come forward to contribute their mite to furthering this noble cause of research in the fundamental and applied sciences.

 

Dr. K. Srihari

Professor (Rtd), UAS, Bengaluru

Hon. Secretary, AMEC and AMEF