|I have pleasure in conveying my greetings to fellow Tribologists on behalf of TSI Executive Committee (2011-2012). As you are aware, TSI has been making pioneering efforts for promoting the awareness, knowledge and practice of Tribology in India over past two decades. Our Society has made significant progress during the tenure of the previous Executive Committee (2009-2010) and it is a privilege as well as a challenge for the current Executive Committee to continue the excellent work and take TSI to greater heights.
It is a matter of pride that TSI has been able to achieve a steady increase in its active membership and also reach out to a wider audience through its vibrant website. Our initiatives towards Tribology education and training have led to very successful annual events like the TSI Summer School and TSI-STLE Joint Education Course, which have received countrywide acclaim. We have been able to promote international collaboration through our active partnership with the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), the Asian Tribology Council (ATC) and the International Tribology Council (ITC). We have been entrusted with the responsibility of hosting the prestigious ASIATRIB-2014 event, which is a reaffirmation of our international credentials. This year we have successfully launched our new biennial event, National Tribology Conference (NTC). We are also gearing up for the 2012 International Conference on Industrial Tribology (ICIT). TSI is also recognizing the contributions of eminent Tribologists by instituting several awards. We have introduced a new-look TSI Newsletter and are in the process of launching the Indian Journal of Tribology (IJT) with new teams for editorial and publication affairs. The operations of TSI Headquarters have also been substantially streamlined to provide improved services to all Members.
While we are justifiably proud of our achievements, we are also conscious of our growing responsibilities and enhanced expectations from all stakeholders. We need to be proactive in Tribology education, by introducing Tribology curricula in colleges, bringing out affordable Tribology text books and improving the knowledge and skills of the teaching community. Strengthening of academia – industry interactions and involving the engineering student community in our Local Chapter activities in a significant way are our future targets. We also need to make concerted efforts to involve some of the key industry sectors in TSI initiatives, which are presently not adequately represented.
I call upon all of you to come forward and actively participate in our efforts towards nation building. We all share our common passion for the subject of Tribology. Let us together make TSI a truly great and internationally acclaimed professional society.
Dr. R. K. Malhotra, President
Tribology Society Of India