Madurai: The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has proposed to establish a few more research and development (R&D) centres in academic institutions in various parts of the country, its Director General and Defence (R&D) secretary Avinash Chander said. â€œTriangular partnership among academia and industries is essential for faster knowledge generation. While three have already been set up â€“ one on high energy materials at the University of Hyderabad, second on life sciences in Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore, and third on millimetre waves at Kolkatta University - a few more centres are planned,â€ Chander said. He was speaking at the graduation ceremony of Thiagarajar College of Engineering (TCE) in Madurai on Saturday. DRDO, he said, had been able to network the knowledge base available in the academic institutions through formal mechanisms of interaction. â€œThe endeavours such as indigenous development of air defence system, main battle tank, light combat aircraft, radars, sonars, torpedoes and life support systems for soldiers are primarily aimed to meet the military hardware requirements while providing spin-off benefits to society at large,â€ he said. The DRDO has geared up its research in IT, nano-technology and bio-technology. Calling for path-breaking research, Chander said commercial way of thinking would not offer any solution. One need not be enamoured over â€œblue-sky researchâ€ but should take up low tech R&D leading to products required in high volume. Speaking on the occasion, S. Lakshma-nan, managing director of Dubai-based Tetcon Group of Comp-anies, a world lead-e-r in desalination plants, narrated his success story. Having studied in a government school and started his career as a teacher in a polytechnic college in Madurai, he said he has risen to this stature of owning an engineering company, listed as No. 13 in the world, because of the seeds of entrepreneurial spirit sown in him by TCE, his alma mater. College correspondent Karumuttu T. Kannan said opportunities and challenges are eve rchanging and asked the graduating engineers to remain a student ever and continue with the process of knowledge acquisition.