Chevening Alumni Lecture held in Guwahati

The British High Commission in association with the Chevening Alumni India held an interactive lecture with students of Assam Don Bosco University Guwahati on 15 March 2017. Titled ‘Size matters: a journey to the Nano-world,’ Prof Mallar Ray, Assistant Professor, SMSE, IIEST, Shibpur, talked about fundamental aspects of nanomaterials and explained in detail why size rules properties at nanoscale.

Prof Mallar Ray is an Assistant Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering of IIEST, Shibpur. After completing his graduation and post-graduation in Physics from University of Calcutta he obtained a second post graduate degree from University of Nottingham, UK in 2003, as a British Chevening scholar. He pursued his doctoral degree in the area of silicon nanostructures. His research interest is focused on understanding size dependent properties of low dimensional materials with special focus on semiconductors and metals. He is a recipient of G C Jain memorial prize.

Prof Ray brought a lively tone to a very core scientific topic and weaved through the intricacies of nano technology which will play an ever increasing role in the future. Nano technology is seen to dominate the future and will find application from the smallest medicare use to intricate role in space exploration.

Chevening is the UK Government’s International Awards Scheme. The fully sponsored Chevening scholarships and fellowships offer a unique opportunity for future leaders and decision-makers to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, and experience the UK. The Chevening Alumni India (CAI) is a society of all the Chevening scholars and Chevening awardees in India. CAI, through a series of outreach programmes, including a 30-lecture series across India, is making an effort to introduce more and more professionals and students from India to this flagship scholarship and fellowship scheme.

Through this lecture, the Chevening Alumni India aims to further the Alumni engagement with this city and help build a bridge between the next generation in India and the United Kingdom.