NITRAAB: Preparing for Tomorrow

NITRAAB (NIT Rourkela Alumni Association Bhubaneswar) conducted a national seminar on the theme "Preparing for Tomorrow" on the 13th Dec 2014 at Hotel Swosti Premium, Bhubaneswar. Two very eminent personalities, Dr. Anil Kakodkar, former Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre  and Prof. Anil Gupta, a professor at IIM Ahmedabad, were the chief guest & key note speaker respectively. It was a golden opportunity for the attendee to have two such fine personalities discussing this important topic and thus giving direction to coming generations.

The seminar started with presentation of flower bouquets to the dignitaries followed by traditional practice of lighting of lamp. Moving forward with the agenda of the meeting, the NITRAAB president gave a welcome address and briefed the gathering about the NITRAAB activities. Preamble of NITRAAB was launched on this occasion. This seminar was the perfect showcase of the newly registered NITRAAB and its activities, with support and help from the NITRAA. A Padma Shri recipient and a renowned professor of strategy and management, Prof. Gupta spoke about frugal innovation in India and suggested about creating an open knowledge base where patents would be bought and shared by the govt. He encouraged building and developing home appliances, agricultural innovations, low cost enterprises etc. An important point of discussion at the seminar was about the need for keeping mandatory engineering courses that enable engineers to focus on practical innovations for common men. 

Followed by the key note speaker’s speech, the chief guest was invited to dais to address the gathering. Dr. Kakodkar has invaluable contribution in asserting India’s nuclear test sovereignty. He explained about the importance of atomic energy and emphasized on alternate sources of energy and related growth in energy sector to human development index. A Padma Vibhushan awardee , Dr.Kakodkar explained how crucial is the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises(MSME) sector for the country, contributing nearly 8% of the country’s GDP and thus emphasising  about engineering internships in the MSME sector of India. Importance of Technology Innovation and Industry Relation Centre (TIIRC) was also discussed during the seminar as it fosters a symbolic relationship between industries and people. After the address by the chief guest, an open house discussion was organised for the members to satisfy their enquiries. Finally the seminar concluded with the release of souvenir and presentation of mementos.