Engineers Conclave

INAE has taken an initiative of organizing an annual mega event of engineers as “Engineers Conclave” starting from the year 2013, which is being organized jointly by INAE with Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Department of Space (DoS), Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and other major engineering institutions, on rotation basis, each year. Each conclave has two themes, one specific to the host department and other specific to some social problem where engineering intervention is desired. These two issues are focused from point of view of finding engineering solutions and specific recommendations are formulated for action by the concerned government department and industry. The Conclave provides a forum to discuss important national issues with respect to development in engineering science and technology, addressing policy issues for growth, requirement of faster pace of development, human resources etc. Engineers Conclave has tangible delivery in suggesting possible engineering solutions to the policy makers of the country.

Engineers Conclave 2013 (EC-2013)

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Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Chief Guest at the Inaugural Function of Engineers Conclave 2013 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Sep 17, 2013

The first “Engineers Conclave” was organized jointly with Defence research and Development Organization (DRDO) during Sep 17-19, 2013 at New Delhi which was inaugurated by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India. The two themes for Engineers Conclave-2013 were “Production and Manufacturing in Aerospace” coordinated by DRDO and “Engineering Interventions in the Sunderbans” coordinated by INAE.  Mr. Avinash Chander, SA to RM and Secretary, Defence R&D and Dr Baldev Raj, President, INAE were the Co-Chairs of Engineers Conclave 2013.

Engineers Conclave 2014 (EC-2014)

Dr. K Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Space Commission and Secretary, Department of Space and Chair, EC2014 felicitating Dr. UR Rao during Engineers Conclave 2014

The second Engineers Conclave 2014 was organized jointly with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2014 at Bangalore. There themes for Engineers Conclave 2014 were Emerging Space Applications coordinated by ISRO and Technologies for Hilly Regions coordinated by INAE. Dr. K Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Space Commission and Secretary, Department of Space was the Chair for EC 2014 with Dr. Baldev Raj, President, INAE as Co-Chair.

Engineers Conclave 2015 (EC-2015)

Hon’ble Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar delivering the Inaugural Address during Engineers Conclave 2015

The third Engineers Conclave 2015 (EC-2015) was organized jointly with Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) at BARC, Mumbai from September 7-9, 2015 which was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar. Dr. R.K. Sinha, Chairman, AEC and Secretary, DAE and Dr. B. N. Suresh, President, INAE were the Co- Chairs of the EC-2015. The event was attended by about 450 participants from Academia, Industry and R&D. There were two themes in the Engineers Conclave, one specific to the host department and other specific to some social problem where engineering intervention is desired. The themes of Engineers Conclave 2015 were Green Energy Options for Sustainable Development, coordinated by DAE and Clean India Technologies, coordinated by INAE

Engineers Conclave 2016 (EC-2016)

The fourth Engineers Conclave 2016 (EC-2016) was organized jointly with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras from Sept 1-3, 2016. The Chief Guest of Engineers Conclave 2016, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting delivered his Address in the Inaugural Session on Sept 1, 2016 at IIT Madras, Chennai. Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, FNAE, Director, IIT Madras and Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE were the Co-Chairs. The themes of the Conclave were “Engineering Education 2020” coordinated by IIT Madras and “Smart Cities” coordinated by INAE. The first issue of the Research Journal “INAE Letters” was released by Hon’ble Minister, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu during the Inaugural Session.

Engineers Conclave 2017 (EC-2017)

Dr VK Saraswat, FNAE delivering the Inaugural Address

INAE had taken an initiative of organizing an annual mega event of engineers as “Engineers Conclave” in the year 2013. The first four Engineers Conclaves, viz., EC-2013 with DRDO, EC-2014 with DOS; EC2015 with DAE and EC2016 with IIT Madras were held at New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai respectively.The Fifth Engineers Conclave-2017 (EC-2017) was held jointly with CSIR on September 14-16, 2017 at NAL, Bangalore.  The two themes for Engineers Conclave-2017 (EC-2017) were: Theme-I on “Regional Air Connectivity” coordinated by NAL, Bangalore and Theme-II on “Digital Economy” coordinated by INAE.

Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE lighting the lamp

Dr VK Saraswat, FNAE, Member, Niti Aayogwas the Chief Guest and inaugurated the Engineers Conclave 2017 at NAL Bangalore. The Inaugural Session commenced with the lighting of the lamp and the Invocation which was followed by the Welcome Address by Dr Girish Sahni, Co-Chair, EC 2017 and DG, CSIR, New Delhi. Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE and Co-Chair EC 2017 then highlighted the aim of the Conclave. Dr VK Saraswat, in his Address appreciated the importance of the two themes of the Conclave in the present national context. The Keynote Address was delivered by Dr Kota Harinarayana, FNAE on behalf of Prof Roddam Narasimha, FNAE Mr Jitendra J Jadhav, Director, CSIR-NAL proposed the Vote of Thanks.

Release of Souvenir on Engineers Conclave 2017

The themes of the Conclave focused on cutting edge solutions and specific recommendations for development by the concerned organizations.  Eminent experts and senior functionaries from National and State Centres/ Departments/ Units, Academia, Industry and INAE participatedin the conclave to deliberate on the important themes of the EC-2017.  There were about 350 participants including 80 INAE Fellows and Young Associates in the Engineers Conclave 2017. The five Technical Sessions on Theme -I were on “Regional air Connectivity: Policy/Regulatory Issues/Operators View Points”; “Airports/No frill Airports”; “Market and Top-Level requirements for new Gen Regional Aircraft”; “Technologies for A New Gen Regional Aircraft” and “Design for Maintenance”. Similarly, the  five Technical Sessions on Theme -II were on “Infrastructure and Integration”; “Financial Technologies”; “User Interfaces and Services”; “Cyber Security” and “Human Resources: Development, Employment and Empowerment”.

The highlights of the Conclave were the five Plenary Talks delivered by Mr VVR Sastry, Ex-Director, C-DOT on “Digital Economy- Challenges, Opportunities, Initiatives and way Forward”; by AVM BR Krishna on “IAF’s Requirements for Transport Aircraft”; by Dr Gulshan Rai, DG-CERT-IN & National Cyber Security Coordinator on “Evolution of Digital Space”; by Mr Prakash Kumar, CEO, GST, New Delhi on “GST System Project: The Engineering Challenges” and by Prof G Raghuram. Director, IIM, Bangalore on “Air Transportation in India- Challenges”.

A sideline meeting Chaired by Dr VK Saraswat, FNAE, Member, Niti Aayog on “Development & Production of Commuter & Regional Aircraft in India: Way Forward” was held with all stakeholders and policy makers. Some of the stakeholders who participated in the meeting were delegates from Spicejet, Air India, Indian Air Force, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Pratt & Whitney and Airbus, besides other dignitaries.

Parallel Panel Discussion Sessions on the two themes on Way Forward were held which were Chaired by Dr Kota Harinaryana, FNAE and Prof Veni Madhavan respectively to arrive at the recommendations on proposed course of action. During the Valedictory Session Chaired by Prof Roddam Narasimha, FNAE the summing up of the Technical Sessions of the two themes was carried out by the respective Coordinators. The Conclave ended with the Valedictory Address by the Chairman, Prof Roddam Narasimha. Actionable recommendations based on the deliberations of the two themes are under compilation which will be forwarded to the concerned Government Departments/Agencies for consideration

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