INAUGURAL LECTURE TO CELEBRATE FULL PROFESSORSHIP
By: Dale Munatswa
This was the ideal feeling for everyone in the room when Professor Nimala Deenadayalu, gave her inaugural lecture, in celebration of being awarded full professorship on Thursday evening..
The event organised by the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Corporate Affairs Department, saw staff members, family and friends coming together to celebrate the inauguration of Deenadayalu for full professorship.
Elite members of the institution took the fore front in making the event a success. The programme was directed by Dr Rene’ Smith, Acting Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design, who maintained a warm atmosphere throughout the event.
Deputy vice chancellor Professor Fred Otieno, expressed happiness and gratitude for the presence of Professor Deenadayalu at the university. “We are privileged to have Professor Nirmala as one of the lecturers here at DUT,” said Professor Otieno.
Professor Deenadayalu took to the podium, and treated people to a professorial address as she presented her inaugural lecture on the topic ‘From Physical Chemistry to Green Chemistry and collaborations’. The lecture was centred on her efforts in designing new chemical processes that relate to sustainable living as well as building relationships with the world through science. She also took time to thank the university for the award.
“This is a very proud moment for me, to be honoured and recognised for the research efforts l have made and l hope it is an inspiration for other students,” said Professor Deenadayalu.
She also added that, “research can be a link between the African continent and the world as we are all looking for solutions to common problems”.
Vice chancellor and principal of DUT, Professor Ahmed Bawa, congratulated Professor Deenadayalu for her achievement and acknowledged her efforts in connecting the university and the country to the rest of the world. “We celebrate this kind of human being who bridges the gap between South Africa and the rest of the World,” said Professor Bawa.
The event was wrapped up by a spectacular dinner, at the DUT Hotel School.