The SERB-INAE Conclave, organised in association with INAE Kanpur Chapter, showcased the technological strength of the country with discussions on clean energy and carbon capture, medical technology, implantable devices, and non-invasive imaging as well as in semiconductor technology, and the future of electronics and motivated the youth to work towards self-reliance. The conclave organised from November 5 to 6 provided an excellent platform for interaction between young minds and industry and academics.
Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Former Secretary, DST, and Chief Guest of the event addressing the participants
Former Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST) Prof Ashutosh Sharma, while speaking to the participants as the Chief Guest, emphasised on the importance of science and engineering to address the future needs effectively, while Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur, talked about the conclave.
Several participants from all over India, including students, faculty members, and start-ups, took part in the conclave organised at IIT Kanpur in hybrid mode. The event comprised of plenary and technical lectures by eminent dignitaries. In addition, a panel discussion session was held on “Driving India forward through Frugal Innovations” to highlight the importance of frugal ideas and the means to take them forward for commercialization on the themes.
Student competitions were planned on innovative products ‐ prototypes, great ideas, challenges, and ideation of start-ups; to cater to the aspiring minds of college students and start-ups. The shortlisted teams were invited to participate in-person at the event in IIT Kanpur, and the winners among them were awarded.
Address by Prof Indranil Manna, President, INAE during Valedictory Session
Prof Indranil Manna, President, INAE, briefed about the background of the collaboration of science and engineering research board with INAE through various initiatives. He also emphasised the role of INAE to promote and advance the practice of engineering and technology and to identify and recognize top engineering professionals in the country. The event concluded with the speech by Prof. Amalendu Chandra, DoFA, IITK, who distributed the prizes to the winners.