Engineers Conclave

INAE has taken an initiative of organizing an annual mega event of engineers as “Engineers Conclave” starting from the year 2013, which is being organized jointly by INAE with Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Department of Space (DoS), Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and other major engineering institutions, on rotation basis, each year. Each conclave has two themes, one specific to the host department and other specific to some social problem where engineering intervention is desired. These two issues are focused from point of view of finding engineering solutions and specific recommendations are formulated for action by the concerned government department and industry. The Conclave provides a forum to discuss important national issues with respect to development in engineering science and technology, addressing policy issues for growth, requirement of faster pace of development, human resources etc. Engineers Conclave has tangible delivery in suggesting possible engineering solutions to the policy makers of the country.

Engineers Conclave 2018 (EC-2018)

The sixth Engineers Conclave 2018 (EC-2018) was organized jointly with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on Oct 4-6, 2018 at L&T LDA, Lonavala. The two themes for EC-2018 were “Defence Manufacturing in Industry” coordinated by L&T (Defence) and “Engineering Challenges in Urban Infrastructure” coordinated by INAE. Mr. SN Subrahmanyan, CEO & MD, L&T was the Chair and Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE was the Co-Chair of EC-2018. Dr. Subhash Bhamare, Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri was the Chief Guest for the occasion and Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary Defence Production was the Guest of Honour.

The Inaugural Session commenced with the lighting of the lamp and the Invocation which was followed by the Welcome Address by Mr. BA Damahe, Convener, EC-2018. The dignitaries on the dais then addressed the gathering. Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE delivered the Presidential Address during which he highlighted the mandate of the Academy along with the background and aim of the Conclave.

Left to Right: Dr. BN Suresh delivering the Presidential Address, Mr. JD Patil, Dr. Ajay Kumar, Dr. Subhash Bhamare and Mr. SN Subrahmanyan

During the address by Mr. JD Patil, Whole-time Director (Defence Business) & Sr. Executive Vice-President, L&T, he shared the history and major verticals of L&T Defence Production with respect to Theme I of the Conclave. Thereafter, Mr. SN Subrahmanyan, CEO & MD, L&T and Chair, EC-2018 addressed the audience and emphasized on the aspects of Information Modelling with respect to Urban Infrastructure. He cited various examples wherein L&T has taken initiative of incorporating various tools of Information Modelling.

The Guest of Honour Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary Defence Production appreciated the importance of the two themes of the Conclave which are of national importance. He briefed the gathering on Defence Procurement Policy with special emphasis on the ease of procurement and import/export of Defence equipments.

Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary, Defence Production & Guest of Honour, EC-2018 delivering Address during Inaugural Function on Oct 4, 2018 at L&T LDA Lonavala

Dr. Subhash Bhamare, Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri, Chief Guest emphasized the importance of the Defence Manufacturing in Industry with respect to the relevance of being self-reliant in Defence, as a major initiative towards Make in India Campaign and Nation’s security. Since a number of dignitaries and senior luminaries in the fields of Defence Manufacturing participated in the two-day event, he also recommended the forwarding of the actionable recommendations to his Ministry for consideration.

Dr. Subhash Bhamare, Hon’ble Rajya Raksha Mantri delivering Address during the Inaugural Function of EC-2018 on Oct 4, 2018 at L&T LDA Lonavala

The highlights of the Conclave were the four Plenary Talks delivered by Mr. Madhukar Srivastava, Head, Technology & Solution, L&T on ‘Smart Cities: Bringing About Urban Revolution’; Swami Swatmananda, Chinmaya Mission, Mumbai on ‘Science, Technology & Spirituality’; Mr. JD Patil, Member of Board, L&T on ‘Policy Drivers & Enablers to Create a Vibrant National Defence Industrial Base’ and Dr. Mangu Singh, MD, DMRC on ‘Future of Metro Transportation in India’.

A sideline Luncheon meeting chaired by Dr. Subhash Bhamare, Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri on “Defence Production Policy 2018: Converting Vision to Reality – What is needed to make it?’ was held with concerned stakeholders and senior dignitaries.

Eminent experts and senior functionaries from Government, Academia, R&D and Industry participated in the conclave to deliberate on the important themes of the EC-2018. There were about 300 participants including 80 INAE Fellows and Young Associates in the Engineers Conclave 2018. The five Technical Sessions on Theme -I on ‘Defence Manufacturing in Industry’ were on “Ecosystem Creation for Defence Manufacturing”; “Design & Make in India”: Boosting Industrial R&D in Defence”; “Policy Interventions to Facilitate Public-Private- User Partnership”; “Role of Talent and Skill Development” and “Enabling International Collaboration in Defence Manufacturing”. Similarly, the five Technical Sessions on Theme -II on ‘Engineering Challenges in Urban Infrastructure’ were on “Challenge of Building Flyovers under 180 Days”; “Technologies for Traffic Movement Including Synchronizing Traffic Signals”; “Technologies for rapid mass movement”; “Technologies for City Waste and Environment Management” and “Connected Citizen: Digital Enablement of Services Offering”. Parallel Panel Discussion Sessions on the two themes on Way Forward were held which were chaired by respective Coordinators viz. Theme I by Mr. A Ramchandani, VP, L&T Defence and Theme II by Mr. KV Praveen, EVP & Head, Road Runways & Elevated Corridor, L&T and Mr. Madhukar Srivastava, Head, Technology & Solution, L&T.

The Conclave ended with the Valedictory Session chaired by Dr. R Chidambaram, Padma Vibhushan and Former Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt. of India wherein the summary of deliberations emanated from five Technical Sessions of the two themes were presented by the respective Coordinators. The Valedictory Address was then delivered by Dr. R Chidambaram. Actionable recommendations based on the deliberations of the two themes are under compilation which will be forwarded to the concerned Government Departments/Agencies for consideration.

Engineers Conclave 2017 (EC-2017)

Dr VK Saraswat, FNAE delivering the Inaugural Address

The fifth Engineers Conclave 2017 (EC-2017) was jointly organized with CSIR on Sep 14-16, 2017 at CSIR-NAL, Bangalore. The two themes of the EC-2017 were “Regional Air Connectivity” coordinated by NAL and “Digital Economy” coordinated by INAE. Dr. Girish Sahni, DG, CSIR was the Chair and Dr. BN Suresh, President, INAE was the Co-Chair of EC-2017. Dr. VK Saraswat, Member, Niti Aayog, Govt of India was the Chief Guest for the occasion. The Valedictory Session was chaired by Prof R Narsimha, Prof Emeritus at JNCAR, Bangalore.

Engineers Conclave 2016 (EC-2016)

The first issue of the Research Journal “INAE Letters” was released by Hon’ble Minister, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu during the Inaugural Session.

The fourth Engineers Conclave 2016 (EC-2016) was organized jointly with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras from Sept 1-3, 2016. The Chief Guest of Engineers Conclave 2016, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting delivered his Address in the Inaugural Session on Sept 1, 2016 at IIT Madras, Chennai. Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, FNAE, Director, IIT Madras and Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE were the Co-Chairs. The themes of the Conclave were “Engineering Education 2020” coordinated by IIT Madras and “Smart Cities” coordinated by INAE.

Engineers Conclave 2015 (EC-2015)

Hon’ble Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar delivering the Inaugural Address during Engineers Conclave 2015

The third Engineers Conclave 2015 (EC-2015) was organized jointly with Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) at BARC, Mumbai from September 7-9, 2015 which was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister of Defence Shri Manohar Parrikar. Dr. R.K. Sinha, Chairman, AEC and Secretary, DAE and Dr. B. N. Suresh, President, INAE were the Co- Chairs of the EC-2015. The event was attended by about 450 participants from Academia, Industry and R&D. There were two themes in the Engineers Conclave, one specific to the host department and other specific to some social problem where engineering intervention is desired. The themes of Engineers Conclave 2015 were Green Energy Options for Sustainable Development coordinated by DAE and Clean India Technologies, coordinated by INAE

Engineers Conclave 2014 (EC-2014)

Dr. K Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Space Commission and Secretary, Department of Space and Chair, EC2014 felicitating Dr. UR Rao during Engineers Conclave 2014

The second Engineers Conclave 2014 was organized jointly with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2014 at Bangalore. There themes for Engineers Conclave 2014 were “Emerging Space Applications” coordinated by ISRO and “Technologies for Hilly Regions” coordinated by INAE. Dr. K Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Space Commission and Secretary, Department of Space was the Chair for EC 2014 with Dr. Baldev Raj, President, INAE as Co-Chair.

Engineers Conclave 2013 (EC-2013)

Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Chief Guest at the Inaugural Function of Engineers Conclave 2013 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Sep 17, 2013

The first “Engineers Conclave” was organized jointly with Defence research and Development Organization (DRDO) during Sep 17-19, 2013 at New Delhi which was inaugurated by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble President of India. The two themes for Engineers Conclave-2013 were “Production and Manufacturing in Aerospace” coordinated by DRDO and “Engineering Interventions in the Sunderbans” coordinated by INAE. Mr. Avinash Chander, SA to RM and Secretary, Defence R&D and Dr Baldev Raj, President, INAE were the Co-Chairs of Engineers Conclave 2013.