DUT INAUGURATES PROFESSOR KRISHNAN KANNY
By: Winston Sibanda
There was a large turnout at the Durban University of Technology’s Hotel School as Professor Krishnan Kanny was inaugurated into being a full professor on Tuesday.
According to the Vice Chancellor Professor Ahmed Bawa, inaugural lectures are central to a life of an academic at the institution. He said that they represent official acknowledgement and acceptance of academic progress.
Bawa described Kanny as a senior citizen of Durban University of Technology (DUT) in terms of the years he has spent in academic circles. He urged people to use the inauguration as a social platform.
“Inaugural lectures are an opportunity to engage with the institution’s finest scholars,” said Bawa.
Professor Kanny said that he was glad the day had finally come.
“This day is late I finished my professorship long back but still I am happy it is finally here. It is good to finally share it with family and colleagues,” he stated.
He said that his love for science started at a young stage. He added that he once got burnt in the lab experimenting with chemicals during his high school level, he emphasised that regardless of that he is still in the lab today.
He said when he joined DUT his research was on composite material. He suggested that the institution should build a foot bridge from Ritson campus to Steve Biko campus to avoid traffic. He stated that the bridge will be made out of composite material.
Kanny added that through the use of nanotechnology they have a model designed to filter bacteria. He said his aim is to tackle something more challenging.
“If we can filter bacteria why can’t we filter salt from the sea.”
He stated that this won’t be an easy project but it is not impossible.
One of Kanny’s high school teachers, Dr Jagathesan Govendor, wrote a message for Kanny’s inauguration. In his note, he described him as one of his best students in maths and physics. He stated that Kanny was a motivated and industrious student.
At the end of his presentation titled “Are we going Nano ballistics,” he asked the audience if there was a good story to tell. In his closing remarks Professor Kanny acknowledged his students since he used some of their work in his presentation. He thanked the Nano composite research group. He said his current projects are aimed at using nanotechnology to create portable components which will last longer.