GUWAHATI, Feb 27 - Facilitating a multi-disciplinary approach to technology for enhancing its significance in human life, Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) organised a conference at its Azara campus. The two-day event called Emerging Global Trends in Engineering and Technology (EGTET) that concluded today stressed on reaching solutions with common efforts.
�Development is intimately connected with technology and research,� said director of the School of Technology, ADBU, Prof Manoranjan Kalita in his welcome address to nearly 70 participants.
While complimenting the organisers for the initiative undertaken for the seventh time by the nascent university, he said that the mission of EGTET should be to provide a platform for collaborative and interdisciplinary research for professionals to come together and interact while inspiring novices.
Presenting an overview, the conference convener, Prof Yumnam Jayanta said that of 75 scientific papers received, 45 were shortlisted and published in ADBU Journal of Engineering Technology, a peer-reviewed international journal exploring innovative research findings in engineering and technology.
�A multidisciplinary approach has become the buzzword in the field of technology as no single discipline can work in isolation. Be it medical science, engineering or other fields, a better understanding of a multidisciplinary approach is pertinent,� Prof Jayanta told The Assam Tribune.
Twenty-three papers have been slotted for oral presentations, and another 15 for poster presentation.
The interdisciplinary national conference representing 17 institutions, the conference discussed the latest developments in various branches of engineering and technology.
Dr Dharma Ranjan Das, Director, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, and chief guest at the inaugural function, complimented the efforts of the ADBU in bringing together scholars, scientists and technocrats from across the country while highlighting the possible prospects of renewable energy in the region.
In his plenary talk, Prof Suresh Chandra Mehrotra, a Srinivasa Ramanujan Geospatial Chair Professor at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, warned the participants of the coming crisis India will face in the sectors of healthcare, drinking water, quality education, providing food for all, generating low-cost energy, and making cities and villages fit for habitation. �Only technology can help solve these problems,� Professor Mehrotra insisted.
On a different note, Prof Anup Kumar Das, head of Mechanical Engineering, IIT-Guwahati, encouraged the participants to go beyond academics to the planning level.
The conference offered sessions and presentations focused on initiatives that promote research and developmental activities in the disciplines of Computer Science Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Basic Sciences.
�Though Nobel prizes will continue to be awarded to researchers in pure sciences, human life will be better for interdisciplinary research,� the Vice Chancellor of the university, Dr Stephen Mavely told the audience while declaring the conference open.