India has been known for its extensive agricultural industry that has been booming since the nation’s ancient beginnings, but outside of the general area of western Asia, it may be uncommon knowledge that the country has also been highly developed with major metropolitan areas, an advanced military, and also a technologically advanced industry that keeps up with major global nations. Above, you can see an image of several members of a management team in a hydrocracking facility (not to be confused with a hydro-electric plant which produces energy created from running water). A hydrocracking unit, or hydrocracker, takes gas oil and “cracks” the heavy molecules into distillate and gasoline while hydrogen and a catalyst are present. A hydrocracker can then upgrade low-quality heavy gas oils from the distillation tower, into high-quality, clean-burning jet fuel, diesel, and gasoline. To have a facility such as this in a nation in the arid lands where petrol is so prevalent is a boon to say the least.
Heavy duty industry and energy are not the only corner stones to Indian technology but also information technology and intense computer software based business. Below we can see a man, Anil Kurella, a failure analysis engineer with Intel Technology and Manufacturing Group, hard at work as he prepares boards for corrosion testing in a pollution chamber. At first glance you might wonder why the man would need those latex gloves to handle the boards, perhaps even thinking “oh it’s just an Indian thing, keeping your hands clean is a cultural idiosyncrasy for them, so that’s normal” but when you consider handling something like a pollution chamber, I’m sure you would want gloves on too. This kind of harsh testing on fragile mother boards is something that might make a computer lover shriek in horror, but it is a very important process for any business that deals with computers to try and set a strong bench mark and offer the most reliable products to their customers as they possibly can.
Lastly, as a testament to both India’s progressive nature and technological ingenuity, we have this image below of a joint venture in aeronautics between Americans and Indians. This is not a major surprise from the nation that was one of the first to have a female prime minister, Indira Gandhi, (daughter of the first prime minister who valued education so highly) who also happens to be considered the woman of the millennium by several publications, including the BBC. It is intriguing really, to see a nation with one of the most powerful agricultural industries on the planet, can also have some of the most cutting edge and innovative technology.
Some of the information above is paraphrased and intellectual property of Wikipedia. © Wikipedia’s page on science and technology in India.
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First image credit: U.S. Embassy New Delhi.
Second image credit: Intel Free Press.
Third image credit: US Consulate Chennai.