Seminars/Workshops/Conferences held in 2016

Symposia/Seminars/Workshops/Conferences in 2016

Round Table Meeting on “Regional Transport Aircraft Development”

A Round Table meeting on “Regional Transport Aircraft Development” coordinated by Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE was held on June 14, 2016 at NIAS, Bangalore. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Roddam Narasimhan, an eminent expert in the field and Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE; Dr Baldev Raj, Director, NIAS; Mr T Suvarna Raju, Chairman, HAL; Dr Girish Sahni, DG CSIR; Mr AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO; Dr. K Kasturirangan, Former Chairman, ISRO; Dr. Kota Harinarayana, Formerly Programme Director, ADA, Bangalore; and Industry experts from Tata, Mahindra and Reliance, besides others participated. All pertinent issues related to the topic were discussed in detail and the experts were able to converge on a possible mechanism for managing the Civil Aircraft programme in the Country. The recommendations have been finalized and submitted to the concerned Ministries for follow up actions.

INAE – DST Round Tables on “Clean Coal Technologies in India: Current Status, Demands and Aspirations – Pathways to Achievements” held on June 10, 2016 and Oct 26, 2016 at New Delhi

Dr R Chidambaram, PSA to Govt. of India addressing the audience. Seated (L to R) Brig Rajan Minocha, ED,INAE; Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE; Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST and Dr Baldev Raj, Director, NIAS.

DST requested INAE to provide engineering interventions required in the field of ‘Clean Coal Technologies’. Accordingly, a Round Table meeting on “Clean Coal Technologies in India: Current Status, Demands and Aspirations – Pathways to Achievements” under the chairmanship of Dr. Baldev Raj, Immediate Past President, INAE was conducted on June 10, 2016 wherein about 35 domain experts from Industry, Academia and R&D participated. During the final session of the workshop, it was decided to prepare a comprehensive report highlighting the specific areas, gaps if any, and further actions needed to bridge the gaps, including the identification of research areas where further funding can be considered. The specialists were also identified to prepare the report and the inputs have since been obtained from the authors on the topics identified during the subject Round Table.

The meeting to finalize the comprehensive report containing inputs from all the authors on the selected topics in the area of Clean Coal Technologies identified earlier; was subsequently held on Oct 26, 2016 at New Delhi. During the meeting, it was also proposed to finalize the list of research topics in each of the areas identified in the comprehensive report by the authors; for onward submission to DST, as required. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Baldev Raj, Director, NIAS. The meeting commenced with the welcome Address by Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE. Dr Baldev Raj then gave a Brief Overview of the Current Status in the area of Clean Coal technologies. Short presentations were given by the authors followed by a Discussion Session. During the Concluding Session Chaired by Dr. BN Suresh and Dr. Baldev Raj the recommendations towards identification of research proposed for funding by DST and policy interventions were arrived at. The meeting was attended by about 25 experts in the area of Clean Coal technologies. With this, INAE was able to provide inputs to the DST on the existing state of technologies in the country, technologies available internationally and the short-term and long-term plans for adoption of technologies in the field of Clean Coal Technologies. The e-proceedings were released subsequently.

During the meeting a total of 11 proposals were also discussed and approved for submitting to DST. The authors were requested to submit the details of the proposals covering Background; Timeframe; Ball Park Cost and Participating Agencies for onward submission. The lists of topics and were submitted to DST for consideration during a meeting on Nov 19, 2016.

10th National Frontiers of Engineering (NatFoE) Symposium

The Tenth National Frontiers of Engineering 2016 Symposium was organized, at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, in four thematic sessions: (i) Multifuntional Biomaterials Technology, (ii) Laser Engineering and Technology, (iii) Flexible Electronics, and (iv) Smart Cities. Prof Sanjay Mittal, FNAE was the Coordinator of the event along with Prof Yogesh Joshi and Prof Kantesh Balani of IIT Kanpur. The event started on the afternoon of June 23 and ended at noon on June 25, 2016. It was attended by 45 participants from various institutes. The event began with welcome remarks by Prof. I Manna, Director IIT Kanpur and Vice President INAE and Prof S.C. Srivastava, President INAE, Kanpur Chapter. The inaugural-talk was delivered by Dr. A. Mathur, DG, TERI, on “Energy for tomorrow: The Changing Nature of Energy Demand in India”. Two pre-Dinner talks were delivered by (i) Prof. Vinod Tare on “Playing with Water and Water Bodies: For Life and for Business“, and (ii) Prof. Milind Sohoni on “Knowledge, Culture and the Development Question”. A panel discussion was held on the last day: “International collaboration”.

Each of the four thematic sessions consisted of an introductory presentation by the session organizers followed by four talks and discussion/interaction session. The session organizers (one each from academia and industry) ensured balance of talks on academic and applied aspects. The format of the symposia encouraged informal collective as well as one-on-one discussions among participants. Speakers focused their talks on current cutting-edge research in their disciplines to colleagues outside their field and to address questions such as: What are the major research problems and distinctive tools of their field? What are the current limitations in advancing their field? How might insight derived from other fields contribute to overcoming these limitations?

National Workshop on “Towards Self-Reliance in Advanced Ceramics for Strategic Sectors”

The National Workshop on “Towards Self-Reliance in Advanced Ceramics for Strategic Sectors” was organized by INAE in association with Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre on July 14-15, 2016 at Thiruvanthapuram. Shri AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, DoS; Dr S Christopher, Secretary, DoD (R&D) & Director, General, DRDO and Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE were the Patrons of the Workshop. Ceramic experts and end users across the nation mainly in the strategic sector participated in the workshop. The event featured invited talks by eminent experts on topics related to processing, characterization and application of advanced ceramics. A Panel discussion was convened among professionals to work out future directions and formulate a comprehensive approach towards meeting goals of self-reliance in advanced ceramics.

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