The INAE Youth Conclave was organized at Birla Institute for Scientific Research (BISR), Jaipur on Aug 11-12, 2017. Dr Purnendu Ghosh, Vice -President, and Chief Editor of Publications, INAE and Executive Director, Birla Institute for Scientific Research (BISR), Jaipur had hosted the event. The general theme of the conclave was engineering excellence, youth leadership and nation building. One of the questions often asked is, What should we do, as a country, to become the real players in a techno-bulged world? Many say, Prepare young innovative leaders. What must we do – as teachers, mentors and employers – to prepare young minds for the future world? What the young professionals think about the future of engineering profession? These are a few questions INAE addressed in the Youth Conclave. An INAE Youth Forum has been established with the objective of facilitating the engagement of Indian youth in engineering activities at national level. As a first activity of the Forum, with a view to encourage engineering students; a national online Essay Competition for engineering students on “Towards Technological Self-Reliance and Leadership” was held during the year 2017. The prize winners were felicitated during the INAE Youth Conclave
The Youth Conclave was a new initiative of INAE wherein around 150 engineering students from all over the country and about 50 INAE Fellows participated in the deliberations. The Youth Conclave was inaugurated by The Chief Guest, Dr K Kasturirangan, FNAE, Chairman, Karnataka Knowledge Commission. The proceedings of the Conclave were interactive in nature, wherein engineering students were encouraged to interact with the Fellows of INAE from the Academia, R&D and Industry. The Inaugural Session was followed by 7 sessions on Engineering excellence, youth leadership and nation building; Award Ceremony and Presentations by essay competition winners; Engineering -An Industry Perspective; Engineering education and Innovation; Entrepreneurship; Start up and Panel Discussion and Concluding Session. This Youth Conclave will be held each year during which interactive sessions are planned with senior INAE Fellows to encourage the involvement of youth in contributing to the engineering activities of the nation. The next youth Conclave is planned at IIT Kharagpur wherein Prof PP Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur has kindly consented to host the event.