TEZPUR, Nov 20: Tezpur University, in collaboration with the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), orchestrated a two-day symposium, commencing on November 20, 2023, emphasizing the pivotal role of engineering in crafting sustainable solutions for the Northeast region (NER). The event targeted young women engineers under 45 years of age from engineering institutions and universities across the NER.
In his inaugural address as the Chief Guest, prof Shambhu Nath Singh, Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University, lauded the initiative, expressing that the symposium’s deliberations by domain-specific expert scientists would contribute valuable insights into emerging and advanced technologies. He emphasized the growing importance of women’s contributions in science and technology for the nation’s progress.
Dr. Sharmila Mande, Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE) and Coordinator of INAE, outlined the symposium’s objectives. The event featured eight distinguished scientists and experts covering two main themes: ‘High-value Agri-based products’ and ‘Rejuvenation of natural resources.’ The symposium provided a dynamic platform for young women engineers to engage in discussions, share insights, and explore innovative solutions to address the unique challenges faced by the Northeastern region in the context of sustainable development.
The invited speakers included Prof. Rekha S. Singhal from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, Dr. Ng Iboyaima Singh from Central Agricultural University, Imphal, Prof. Saroj K Barik from North-Eastern Hill University, Dr. Shashi Bhushan from CSIR – Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, Palampur, Dr. Virendra M Tiwari from CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Dr. Atya Kapley from CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Dr. Swapnil Hazarika from CSIR-North East Institute of Science & Technology, and Prof. Charu Lata Mahanta from Tezpur University. The symposium aimed to foster discussions on innovative solutions for sustainable development challenges in the Northeastern region.