INAE Monthly E-News Letter Vol. VIII, Issue 8, August 1, 2017

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Human vis-à-vis Computational Intelligence

People of my time are grown up, both as a student and a teacher, with the easy and affordable teaching tool, chalk and blackboard. We are now in the age of e-classrooms. Our expectations from our stu Read more...

Purnendu Ghosh
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From the Editor’s Desk

Human vis-à-vis Computational Intelligence

People of my time are grown up, both as a student and a teacher, with the easy and affordable teaching tool, chalk and blackboard. We are now in the age of e-classrooms. Our expectations from our students are increasing. We think they are born with much more potential. We expect them not only ‘to learn but also to study’. We expect them not only to maintain discipline and attention in the classroom, but also to maintain their engagement with the classroom.

Visualise one such smart classroom filled with ‘engaged’ students using the wondrous power of technology. The idea behind technology enhanced classrooms is to foster better opportunities for teaching and learning. Do these classrooms serve their purpose? Some educators question the excessive use of technology in schools.

Some educators believe, ‘instantaneous information about themselves’ that technology brings, activates the narcissism and vanity of the students. There are better chances of mocking knowledge ignorance. It is said that the emphasis on computer-assisted engagement threatens to short-circuit the connection between moral and intellectual virtue. “When listening intently, the self is humbled or silenced, while at the same time becoming fuller and more expansive.” Researchers say smart classrooms don’t always churn out smarter students. What we need are ‘emotionally engaged’ students as well as teachers.

It is true that technology promises empowerment, but it should not be allowed to rival or displace the essential relationship of a teacher and a student. Technology should not become a means of increasing already aggravated competitive pressure among the students.

Internet helps us to move ahead in life. The opponents worry.  They worry that the internet shifts our cognitive functions from searching for information inside the mind towards searching outside the mind. They say the way calculators have reduced the role of pure computation and simple arithmetic, internet is reducing the role of our thought process. They say Internet has freed us from the burden of commuting to attain literacy, but has also fragmented our thinking process.

Information overload, some believe, has begun to affect our reflection and introspection. They feel, over information is coming in the way of our ability to take risks. Overburdened with so much real-time information, where is the time for introspection and innovation, they ask.

We live in a world where information is cheap, but meaning is expensive, writes George Dyson. In such a world, should we allow submergence of human intelligence by computational intelligence?



11th National Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (NatFOE-11)

The Eleventh National Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (NatFoE-11) was held from June 30-July 1, 2017 at IIT Bombay.  Prof. DV Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay had hosted the NatFOE-11 Symposium at IIT Bombay. The aim of the Symposium was to promote cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas and transfer of new techniques in order to build and sustain the innovation paradigm. The overall purpose of the symposium was to achieve synergy among Aerospace, Energy and Biomedical Engineering disciplines at different scientific scales through discussions in the following four thematic areas:

  • Alternate and Advanced Fuels
  • Manufacturing and heat transfer for Aerospace applications
  • Technology for improving Childcare and Mothercare
  • Technology for tackling fog and pollutants.

56 leading researchers, technologists and policy-makers from various institutes and R&D labs, industries & start-ups came together to share their contributions and discuss the way forward with respect to these themes.  Special attention was given to cover policy related aspects relevant to these topics.  The Symposium featured several very stimulating talks and close interactions, with interesting interactive sessions held all day long. Plenary talks by Prof. Baldev Raj, FNAE, Director, NIAS, Bangalore on Energy and Prof. Devang Khakhar, FNAE, Director, IIT Bombay on Need for R&D in India were very well received by the audience.  Each of these talks were followed by a particularly thought provoking question-answer session.  The keynote talks were delivered by distinguished personalities such as Dr. B.N. Suresh, President INAE, Mr. S.A. Bhardwaj, FNAE Chairman, AERB, Dr. Malini Shankar, Director General, Shipping, Dr. Ajit Sapre, FNAE, Group President–R&T, Reliance Industries Limited and Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Director, CSIR‐NEERI, Nagpur.  Various fine points were brought out in these talks due to the vast personal experience of the speakers in their respective fields.



In addition, 10 distinguished scholars gave invited talks. The remaining invitees gave a brief presentation about their work.  There were also two overview talks and a panel discussion, coordinated by Prof. M.D. Atrey, IIT Bombay.  The topic of the panel discussion was “Creating Eco‐system and Mentoring Start‐ups” and comprised two sets of panel members – those who have helped create eco-system and those who have utilized the eco-system to successfully create their start-ups.  The response of the audience to the panel discussion was particularly heartening, even when it was almost the last event in the schedule.

A large number of INAE Fellows and Faculty Members from IIT Bombay also attended the Symposium and contributed by chairing the various sessions.  Prof. Atul Sharma & Prof. Upendra V. Bhandarkar of IIT Bombay will be releasing the proceedings of the Symposium shortly.  The cross-disciplinary nature of the Symposium allowed a wider perspective to the participants, and exposed them to some of the pressing societal issues and ongoing research work in various parts of the country.

INAE-NIRDPR Workshop on “Frugal Innovations”

INAE jointly with National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR)and Vijnana Bharathi organized a Workshop on “Frugal Innovations” on July 7-8, 2017 at NIRDPR, Hyderabad. The Workshop focused on ways and means to encourage frugal innovation to happen in the country and to create much needed eco system between Government, industry, entrepreneurs and the youth. The subject Workshop was planned in continuation of the engagement of INAE with the youth in the country wherein participation of young entrepreneurs involved in Frugal Innovation and the experts in the area spread over various sessions was envisaged. The Chief Guest Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India delivered the Inaugural Address on July 7th, 2017. Dr WR Reddy, Director General, NIRDPR delivered the Presidential Address in the Opening Session which also featured an Address by Guest of Honour, Shri Konda Vishveshwar Reddy, Hon’ble MP, Lok Sabha, Telangana. The workshop was conducted in four Technical Sessions on “Frugal Innovation”; “Frugal Innovation-Success Stories”; “Voice of Student Innovators” and “Marketing Business Models and Outreach”. The highlight of the Workshop was the participation of about 200 students from all over the country, who were selected through competitions on innovations.  Their work was also exhibited in the Workshop. The structure of the Workshop was organized in such a manner, that it addressed all these vital areas and the experienced experts in   these areas delivered the lectures. There was a special student’s session and 10 students who were selected through a rigorous screening, based on their work just a day prior to the workshop were given an opportunity to present their work. An intense interaction with all stakeholders was also held. The workshop concluded with a Valedictory and Panel Discussion on “Way Forward to Reach Out” that was Chaired by Dr VK Saraswat, Member Niti Aayog, Govt. of India. During this session, presentations were made by the Sessions Chairs of the four Technical Sessions and a Prize Distribution Ceremony was held for the students. After the workshop, a visit was organized to showcase Live Demonstration of different rural technologies including DRDO Life Sciences at Rural Technology Park.

Dr. Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship

INAE and DST have taken an initiative to institute “Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowships” to outstanding engineers to recognize, encourage and support translational research by individuals to achieve excellence in engineering, innovation and technology development. All areas of engineering, innovation and technology will be covered by this fellowship. A Maximum of 10 Fellowships will be awarded per year. Efforts are ongoing to finalize the guidelines and launch the Fellowship by Aug 15, 2017

Annals of INAE

The soft copy of the Annals of the INAE Volume XIV, April 2017 containing the text of the lectures delivered by Life Time Contribution Awardees; newly elected Fellows of the Academy and INAE Young Engineer Awardees 2016 has been uploaded on INAE website under the Publications sub-head. The same can be downloaded from the link given below

INAE on Facebook and Twitter

INAE has created a Facebook and twitter Account to post the news of recent INAE activities in the Social Media. The same can be viewed at the link below.
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All INAE Fellows are requested to visit and follow the above to increase the visibility of INAE in Social media.

Important Meetings held during July 2017

  • Selection Committee for shortlisting of projects/theses for Innovative Student Projects Award 2017 on July 19, 2017 for presentations before the Selection Committee.
  • Steering Committee Meeting on on Research Schemes/Proposals on July 20, 2017 wherein the main agenda included Presentations by shortlisted nominees for INAE Innovator Entrepreneur Award for selection of the Awardee

International Conferences/Seminars being organized by IITs/other Institutions To view a list of International Conferences/Seminars being held in the month of August 2017click here



Honours and Awards 


Dr Baldev Raj, Immediate Past President -INAE and Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore and formerly Distinguished Scientist and Director, IGCAR Kalpakkam and Formerly President-Research, PSG Institutions, Coimbatore was conferred the Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award by Indian Science Congress Association, (ISCA), Bangalore Chapter. The award honours key individual for significant and lifetime contribution to the development of Science and Technology for the country and was announced during 104th Indian Science Congress held at SV University, Tirupati on January 3, 2017. Dr Baldev Raj was also conferred the SASTRA-CNR Rao Award for Excellence in Chemistry & Materials Sciences, at SASTRA University, Thanjavur on February 28, 2017. He also received the Prof. T R Anantharaman Memorial Award on Metallurgy Day at the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, IIT-Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He was also conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award, Indian Science Monitor & Indo Asian Foundation for Archaeological Research by Hon’ble Chief Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah.


News of Fellows


Dr Baldev Raj, FNAE, Immediate Past President -INAE and Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore and Formerly Distinguished Scientist and Director, IGCAR Kalpakkam and Formerly President-Research, PSG Institutions, Coimbatore was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) for the outstanding contribution in the field of Science and Technology by Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST); An Institute created by Act of Parliament,  Shibpur,  March 4,  2017.  Hon’ble Prime Minister of India & President Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has appointed Dr Baldev Raj as the Chancellor & Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (ACSIR), CSIR, New Delhi, 2017.  Dr Baldev Raj was appointed Chairman of the Eminent Apex Committee of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) to recommend transformations and improvements for meeting and enhancing the objectives of CSIR, 2017.  Department of Science and Technology (DST) has appointed Dr Baldev Raj as Chairman of BRICS- Science &Technology Enterprise Partnership (BRICS-STEP) Working Group for the periods of 4 years, 2017.  Dr Baldev Raj is Chairman, BRICS Experts Panel Committee on International Collaborations relating to Advanced Materials, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2017. Dr Baldev Raj is also Chairman, Selection Committee for Selection of Indian Team for participation in 2nd BRICS Young Scientists Conclave to be hosted by China, Ministry of S&T, DST, Delhi. Dr Baldev Raj is Member of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Committee on Higher Education (2014-18). He is Expert Member, Committee, NITI Aayog for framing S&T Vision for India.  Dr Baldev Raj is Member, “Emerging scenario for Nano-Electronics” under Chairmanship of Dr R Chidambaram, PSA to GoI to take into view, the opinion of experts and stakeholders for the next phase of R&D efforts, including the maintenance of the excellence already achieved, industry interaction  and  develop a road-map in this important field, 2017. Dr Baldev Raj is also Member of the Over Arching Committee for the R&D project on the development of the Advanced Ultra Supercritical technology (AUSC) for thermal power plant, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Department of Heavy Industry, Government of India, 11 April 2017. He is also Member, Board of Governors, TransDisciplinary University, Bengaluru, May 2017 and Member of Indian Ministerial Delegation of the 7th BRICS STI Senior Official Meetings and 5th BRICS STI Ministerial Meeting at Hangzhou China, DST GoI, India, May 2017. Dr Baldev Raj is Chairman, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR- Recruitment & Assessment Board (RAB) Advisory Group, New Delhi (2017-2019), 7 June 2017. Dr Baldev Raj is Member, Committee of Life Time Achievement Award and Outstanding Achievement Award of ISRO Awards Scheme, ISRO, June 2, 2017 and also Chairman, Committee for Reviewing the outcome of the Centre for Knowledge Management of Nanoscience & Technology (CKMNT) Phase –I, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad, 21 June 2017.


Prof. K. Bhanu Sankara Rao Ministry of Steel Chair Professor at MGIT Hyderabad has been elected as Fellow of Telangana Academy of Sciences.

The Forms Will Be Available Shortly.