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New National Education Policy can address crisis in technical education, if implemented in true spirit: says AICTE Chairman

- Posted on 19 December 2020

Bathinda, December 19: The new National Education Policy (NEP) has all the ingredients to address the issues which had affected technical education in the country and overcome this crisis, if implemented in true spirit,  says  All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Chairman Prof. (Dr.) Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe.

While inaugurating the 8th International Conference on Advancements and Futuristic Trends in Mechanical and Materials Engineering (AFTMME 2020) online here on Saturday, he asked higher education institutes and universities to be ‘Atmanirbhar (self-reliant).

He asked institutes to encourage teachers and students to develop “alternative pioneering apps, products and technologies through innovative ideas and research”. This will not only “make India self-reliant but also make the country strong, resilient, and proud nation giving knowledge to the rest of World for benefit of Universe. He also gave a call for putting best efforts to be self-reliant to achieve the national goal of being ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’.

Prof. Sahasrabudhe called upon academic fraternity towards inculcation of Universal Human Values (UHV) in Technical Education. 

He also spoke about the role of Robotics and automation, Artificial Intelligence, Machine of learning, Internet of Things, micro and nano-technology   providing huge data base to potentially paradigm shifting improvements in the way materials are synthesized and characterized. He pointed out that the story of materials is really the story of civilisation and the sophistication of our lives is in a large part bestowed by material wealth.

Prof. (Dr.) Lalit Kumar Awasthi, Director, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jalandhar, who spoke as guest of honour, said there would be a need for collaboration between industries and technical institutions to turn the situation around.

SOMME President and MRSPTU, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Buta Singh Sidhu said AFTMME- 2020 brought together leading academicians, scientists and researchers to exchange and share their thoughts, experiences and international research outcomes.   He mentioned that the current era is an era of convergence where people from different sectors need to work together to solve complex problems.

SOMME Patron, Prof. Satya Prakash, prominent experts Prof. Gautam Biswas, Prof. V.K. Jain and Prof. Raman Singh spoke on various aspects of  Advancements and Futuristic Trends in Mechanical and Materials Engineering .

Dr. Ravi Kant from IIT Roorkee, Dr. Pardeep Jindal, Dr. Rakesh Bhatia, Dr. Vikas Chawla, Dr. Harpreet Singh from IIT Ropar, Dr. Hazoor Singh, Dr. Balwinder Singh, Dr. Sukhpal Singh Chatha, Er. Haramritpal Singh and Er. Yadwinder Sharma played key role in organizing the event. 

The conference is being organised by Society of Materials and Mechanical Engineers (SOMME) in collaboration with Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU), Bathinda. Keeping in view the prevailing COVID -19 Pandemic situations, AFTMME- 2020 is an online conference. The primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities in mechanical engineering.

More than 150 research papers received from prominent international institutes, including all IITs, NITs.

      The programme is being sponsored by State Bank of India (main sponsor) and co-sponsors are Central Bank of India, M.M. International Jalandhar, Nerva Holidays Jalandhar,  Niharika Technologies, Jalandhar and The Gym Store Kamdhenu Health Labs Private Limited, Gurgaon. .

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