Inauguration of a weeklong Faculty Development Programme begins at Royal Global University

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Correspondent, GUWAHATI, Jun 19: Royal School of Engineering & Technology (RSET), under the aegis of Royal Global University (RGU) is organising week long Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on “Recent Trends in Energy Sector (with special emphasis on North-East)”, jointly sponsored by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) from 18-23 June 2018.  Mr. Jogen Barpujari, Executive Director, Indian Oil Corporation inaugurated the Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on 18 June 2018.Eminent personalities like Dr.Bhabaranjan Sharmah, Vice President ISTE, Prof. Sukumar Mishra, IIT Delhi, Mr. Mrinal Krishna Choudhury, Additional Director, Assam Energy Development Agency, Guwahati, Prof.(Dr.) S.P. Singh, Vice Chancellor, RGU, Prof. Emirutus (Dr.) P.K.Goswami, Ms. Angira Mimani, Registrar, RGU, Deans & HOI of RGU and faculty members from various institutions were present.

On this occasion, 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 Mr. Jogen 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 towards diversification of its energy portfolio but also for 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. The Corporation has also framed comprehensive policy for implementation of LED lighting in place of conventional lighting across all refineries, office buildings, townships, installations & fuel stations by the year 2017. Green auto fuels, energy efficient technologies, shifting equilibrium of market dynamics towards rural communities besides tapping alternative energy sources are some of the steps that are in progress in the Corporation. Mr. J.Barpujari was elated to be amongst the eminent personalities and faculty members at RGU.

Prof.(Dr.) S.P.Singh, Vice Chancellor, RGU expressed his gratitude to AICTE and ISTE for being given the opportunity to organise the FDP in the RGU campus. RSET has made an excellent name in the field of technical education and through this FDP, he hoped ideas, knowledge and experiences will be shared which will assist India to emerge at par with China, US or UK in terms of generating energy.

Prof.Sukumar Mishra, IIT Delhi spoke on how power and energy change places based on time. He encouraged everyone to openly interact with the experts and use this opportunity to enhance their knowledge and promised to share his inputs later on in the day.

Dr. Bhabaranjan Sharmah, Vice President ISTE invoked the faculty members taking part in the FDP to exchange expertise and intelligence on the subject and pass it on to students for utilization in the right sector. He was grateful to RGU for paving the way on a burning topic of the day and hoped that the 114 technical universities of India will take up the subject on a war footing. He also hoped to take 2-3 students on ISTE sponsored programmes abroad.

The key note speech was delivered by Mr. Mrinal Krishna Choudhury, Additional Director, Assam Energy Development Agency, Guwahati. The entire globe was running towards energy regime. Earth, our residence will remain as it is even with the increase of population. To meet the various energy demands, methods and means were of utmost necessary to find alternative means to energy generation. Decarbonisation, Decentralization of energy, vehicle electrification, and energy access has become extremely important. Solar energy was a strong alternative which needed further study and implementation.

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’.