Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan has said that the public-sector Keltron will be elevated to its old glory with the setting up of the proposed K.P.P. Nambiar Memorial Electronics Research Centre (KPPNMERC).
Laying the foundation stone for the centre at the Keltron Complex at Mangattuparamba here on Monday, the Minister said that though Keltron had once been a notable establishment in the country, its growth got hindered. The company could not be protected through timely interventions, he said.
“Though the company has the equipment and manpower to utilise new technology, it lacks proper management,” Mr. Jayarajan said. The plan was to start a research centre in memory of Mr. Nambiar, Keltron’s founder-chairman, to utilise opportunities in the electronics sector, he added.
He called for new inventions utilising Information Technology and electronics, adding that science professors would be roped in for the purpose.
Keltron had to be developed into an establishment that produced technological products for the contemporary market and new products for the future, he said.
The Minister also said that the research centre would also have modern laboratories including chemical laboratory and digital library. The government had set apart Rs. 2 crore for the works, he informed.
T.V. Rajesh, MLA, presided. Keltron Component Complex Ltd. Managing Director K.G. Krishnakumar explained the research centre project. P.K. Sreemathy, MP; James Mathew, MLA; and district panchayat president K.V. Sumesh were present.
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