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Prog on recent trends in energy sector

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, June 19 - The Royal School of Engineering & Technology (RSET), under the aegis of Royal Global University (RGU) is organising a week-long faculty development programme (FDP) on �Recent Trends in Energy Sector (with special emphasis on North-East)�.

The June 18-23 programme is being jointly sponsored by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE).

Jogen Barpujari, Executive Director, Indian Oil Corporation inaugurated the programme on June 18 as chief guest. Noted personalities like Dr Bhabaranjan Sharmah, Vice President ISTE; Prof Sukumar Mishra, IIT Delhi; Mrinal Krishna Choudhury, Additional Director, Assam Energy Development Agency, Guwahati; Prof SP Singh, Vice Chancellor, RGU; Prof Emeritus PK Goswami; Angira Mimani, Registrar, RGU; deans and HOI of RGU and faculty members from various institutions were present.

A souvenir was released by the dignitaries to commemorate the energy experts and academicians on their captivating, ongoing and globally- franchising energy projects.

Chief guest Barpujari spoke on the various projects undertaken by IOCL regarding renewable energy and its implementation. Indian Oil�s foray into renewable energy is aimed not only at diversification of its energy portfolio but also at alleviating energy poverty and improving energy access at the �base of the pyramid� in India. Efforts are being made to improve resource efficiency in operations, especially for key resources like energy and water and adopt the �3-R� (reduce, recycle and reuse) philosophy for all types of wastes towards prevention of pollution and disposal of wastes in line with regulatory requirements or beyond industry best practices. IOCL had also framed a comprehensive policy for implementation of LED lighting in place of conventional lighting across all refineries, office buildings, townships, installations and fuel stations by the year 2017, Barpujari said.

RGU VC Prof said RSET has made an excellent name in the field of technical education and hoped that through the ongoing FDP ideas, knowledge and experiences would be shared which would assist India in emerging at par with China, US or UK in terms of energy generation.

Prof Mishra spoke on how power and energy change places based on time. He encouraged everyone to openly interact with the experts and use the FDP to enhance their knowledge.

ISTE Vice President Dr Sharmah urged the faculty members taking part in the FDP to exchange expertise and intelligence on the subject and pass it on to students for utilisation in the right sector.

In his keynote speech Mrinal Krishna Choudhury, Additional Director, Assam Energy Development Agency, Guwahati said the entire globe is running towards energy regime. Earth will remain as it is even with the increase of population. To meet the various energy demands, methods and means are of utmost necessity to find alternative means to energy generation, he said.

Decarbonisation, decentralisation of energy, vehicle electrification and energy access have become extremely important. Solar energy is a strong alternative which needs further study and implementation, he added.

India needs �quality manpower� to support its energy sector and the upcoming generation of engineers is to be made capable of ensuring that. To help motivate them, the current teachers of the engineering colleges of the country have to be exposed to the recent advances in energy - industry technology, so that they can contribute abundantly as resource persons, Choudhury added.

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