A Glistening Paradigm: Dr. P. Balasubramaniam
Sep 11, 2017 | Manisha Rath
Hardwork never goes unpaid.
A very familiar paraphrase is proved true time and again by the people who are bestowed with determination, zeal, and perseverance. NIT Rourkela is blessed to have one among them, Dr.P. Balasubramanian from the Department of Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering who had recently been selected as one among the 20 scientists to represent India at BRICS Young Scientist Forum 2017.
BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. China, as the BRICS Chair Country for 2017, held the 2nd BRICS Young Scientist Forum during 11th-15th July 2017 a five-day long program at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China as a side event of the 5th BRICS STI Ministerial Meeting. The theme was “Building Young Scientists : Leadership in Science, Technology, and Innovation” and chose three thematic areas as the preference of interest i.e. energy, materials, biotechnology & biomedicine. The forum provided a high-level platform for academic and policy exchange for the talented young scientists as well as scientific personnel from BRICS countries.
Dr. Subramanian’s ideas zoomed on the 3Es (Economy, Energy, and Environment). He compared the energy sustainability of the BRICS member states with the world average as per international energy agency (IEA) data based on three key parameters such as energy requirement per capita, CO2 release per capita, CO2 release for tonnes of oil equivalent (TOE) to comprehend the energy requirement, environmental impact and the need of technological up gradation for energy production. Subsequently, he correlated food sustainability for the BRICS member states and ranked them based on the economic intelligence data of European Union in view of three key parameters such as Food loss and waste, Sustainable Agriculture and Nutritional challenges. Based on his analysis he concluded that China leads among the BRICS on overall food sustainability. India being in the last place has to improve on all the studied factors and learn about reducing the food loss and waste from South Africa, about sustainable agriculture from Russia and about nutritional capabilities from China.
Speaking to Dr. P. Balasubramaniam regarding his experience during the prestigious conclave, he was quoted as saying:
This was a momentous event for me. This conclave offered a unique platform to explore, interact and collaborate with the other young scientists from BRICS member states. The lab tour to Zhejiang University made me develop critical thinking with a global vision and how an academic institution should be self-sufficient with the resources needed for its advancements in science and technology.