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 2019

The seventh Engineers Conclave 2019 (EC-2019) was organized jointly with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) on Sept 19-21, 2019 at BEL Academy of Excellence (Nalanda), Bangalore. The two themes of EC-2019 were “Defence Technology & Innovation” coordinated by BEL and “Transformation of Rural India Using Digital Technologies” coordinated by INAE. Shri MV Gowtama, CMD, BEL was the Chair and Dr Sanak Mishra, President, INAE was the Co-Chair of EC-2019. The programme commenced in the forenoon of Sept 19, 2019 with an enlightening Plenary Talk on “Dimensions of Digital Revolution” by Dr Gulshan Rai, Former National Cyber Security Coordinator of India. The talk gave an overview of the national perspectives and components pertaining to fostering a Digital Transformation and also highlighted the forecast in Cyber Technology in the country, over the next decade. The Plenary Talk was followed by the parallel Technical Sessions on the two themes of the Conclave.

The Inaugural Session of the Engineers Conclave 2019 was held on Sept 19, 2019 (afternoon) which was graced by the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh. The session featured an invocation by staff of BEL and the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries on the dais viz the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh; Shri MV Gowtama, CMD BEL; Dr Sanak Mishra, President, INAE; Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO; Shri Mahesh V, Director (R&D) BEL and Chairman, Organizing Committee EC-2019 and Shri V.V.R. Sastry, FNAE, Former CMD BEL. The dignitaries on the dais addressed the gathering: Shri Mahesh V welcomed the delegates; Shri MV Gowtama highlighted the importance of the conclave; Dr Sanak Mishra presented a perspective of INAE and its activities and Dr G Satheesh Reddy briefed upon some latest developments in Defence R&D including the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). He was delighted to apprise the august audience that the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh on the forenoon of the same day, Sept 19, 2019 flew in the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bangalore, becoming the first Defence Minister to fly in the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

Dignitaries on the Dais in the Inaugural Session (Left to Right) Shri Mahesh V, Shri MV Gowtama, Hon’ble Shri Rajnath Singh, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Dr Sanak Mishra and Shri VVR Sastry

An interesting highlight of the Inaugural Session was the inauguration of the Product Development & Innovation Centre (PD&IC) of BEL by the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Shri Rajnath Singh through electronic mode. Shri MV Gowtama, CMD, BEL informed the gathering that the Centre will focus on IPR creation in strategic areas, reducing external dependence for critical subsystems, and standardisation of subsystems. The centre will also contribute to the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the government and is expected to provide a single window interface for DRDO and other R&D houses, and strengthen transfer of technology (ToT) processes and collaborative design efforts through involvement of start-ups and MSMEs.

Inauguration of the Product Development & Innovation Centre, BEL by Hon’ble Shri Rajnath Singh

Hon’ble Shri Rajnath Singh also unveiled a high-power transmitter for Akash-NG RF seeker, designed by the Microwave Tube Research & Development Center (MTRDC), and concurrently developed along with BEL, based on a production order from the Research Centre Imarat (RCI). During his address he reiterated the government’s commitment to reach out to remote villages through the Digital India initiative. He opined that the development of critical and cutting-edge technologies in defence would help save foreign exchange, which can be used for other development activities. He thanked INAE and BEL for inviting him to the Conclave and expressed that he keenly awaited the outcome of the Engineers Conclave 2019 in terms of the recommendations emanating from the deliberations and wished the event success. The Inaugural Session concluded with the proposing of the Vote of Thanks by Shri V.V.R. Sastry, FNAE, Former CMD BEL.

Unveiling of a high-power transmitter for Akash-NG RF seeker by Hon’ble Shri Rajnath Singh

Dr Sanak Mishra, President, INAE presenting a Memento to Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO

The parallel Technical Sessions on the two themes of the conclave were well attended by eminent Fellows of INAE, invited dignitaries and delegates from Bharat Electronics Ltd. The Conclave was attended by about 120 INAE Fellows and Young Associates from across the country, who actively participated in the deliberations including as speakers and session chairs. Eminent experts and senior functionaries from Academia, R&D and Industry also participated in the conclave as delegates. The Technical Sessions on Theme – I on “Defence Technology and Innovation” were on Emerging Technologies & Trends for Defence, R&D in Defence, Policies, Growth Drivers and Skill Development, Strategic Partnerships/ Enabling International Cooperation and Success Stories & Way forward. Theme II on Transformation of Rural India Using Digital Technologies” covered the sessions on the topics of Rural Digital Connectivity, e-Governance and Services, Enhancing Rural Livelihood Opportunities, Capacity Building Needs of Digital Rural India and Aspiring Rural India.
The Plenary talks held during the conclave both on technical and general topics captivated the audience. The second Plenary Talk by Art of Living Founder HH Sri Ravishankar was held through videoconference and was coordinated by a devotee of his ashram. The talk brought out the need for professionals with high pressure jobs such as engineers and technocrats to reduce tension in their lives in order to lead a healthy and meaningful life. The Third Plenary Talk on “Engineering Marvel” by Shri V. Gopinath, Chief Architect, EDRC, Project Director (SOU) L&T gave an enthralling pictorial representation of the various stages in the planning, designing and construction of the Statue of Unity (SOU) dedicated to the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This towering piece of engineering is not only the tallest statue in the world but is a marvellous engineering feat by Indian engineers, artists and technologists as was brought out in the excellent presentation which was not only informative but a visual delight. The Fourth Plenary Talk on “Made in India – How to Make It Happen” was by Capt S. Prabhala (Retd), Former CMD BEL which covered strategies for achieving self-reliance in defence industry by development of indigenous technologies.
An entertaining cultural programme was also held in the evening of Sept 19, 2019 which featured a classical dance recital by a young artiste. An exhibition showcasing the products developed and manufactured indigenously by Bharat Electronics Limited was organized on the sidelines of Engineers Conclave. The delegates showed enthusiasm in their technical queries and appreciation of the products including Electronic Voting Machines, Radars, Electronic Warfare Systems, Akash Missile Systems, Opto-Electronic Equipment, Sonars and Akash Missile Systems.

Exhibition Showcasing Products Developed by Bharat Electronics Ltd on the sidelines of EC-2019

A Panel Discussion on the two Themes was held in the forenoon of Sept 21, 2019 wherein the panellists comprised of the respective Technical Session Chairs and the Moderators were the Coordinators of each concerned theme. The Panel Discussion focussed on the points to be included in the recommendations to be compiled post conclave, based on the pertinent issues and suggestions emanating from the deliberations in the parallel technical sessions on both themes.
The Panel Discussion was followed by the Valedictory Session of EC-2019 which commenced with the Introductory Remarks and Welcome by Dr Sanak Mishra, President, INAE. Dr VK Saraswat, Member, Niti Aayog was the Chief Guest of the Valedictory Session. During the session, the summing up of the two themes was done by the respective Coordinators. The summing up of Theme I: Defence Technology & Innovation was done by Shri. Mahesh V, Dir (R&D) BEL, Coordinator, Theme-I, EC-2019 while that of Theme II: Transformation of Rural India Using Digital Technologies was presented by Dr. V. Jayaraman, Coordinator, Theme-II, EC-2019.

Chief Guest of Valedictory Session, Dr VK Saraswat, Member, Niti Aayog delivering Address

Presentation of Memento to Chief Guest, Dr VK Saraswat by Dr Sanak Mishra, President, INAE

Dr VK Saraswat, Member, Niti Aayog delivered a thought provoking Valedictory Address wherein he emphasized that both themes of the conclave are apt and highly relevant in the present context. He expounded regarding a few initiatives and suggestions that would be desirable to enhance the innovativeness and productivity in the development of indigenous defence technologies in the country. He also emphasized the important parameters to be addressed in order to achieve the goal of transformation of Rural India using Digital Technologies and looked forward to the recommendations emanating as an outcome of the conclave. The Vote of Thanks on behalf of BEL was proposed by Smt. Padmini Balachandra, GM TP/CO, BEL. The Engineers Conclave 2019 was an astounding success and actionable recommendations emanating from the deliberations are under compilation for forwarding to the concerned stakeholders from the Government Departments/Agencies.

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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.

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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.