'Problem solving engineers need of hour'

Stressing on the need to change educational reforms, he said multi-disciplinary problem solving engineers are today’s need.

Speaking on the theme of the conference “Systems solution for global challenges, energy, environment and society,” he informed that 500 giga joules of energy is spent globally and 85 per cent of energy is obtained from burning fossil fuels. This has led to global warming and ecological crisis, he said and regretted that the people are technologically arrogant and under the mindset that the technology that creates problems can also solve problems.

“Water, energy and health are the three crucial areas where we face shortage. There is a need to educate people on socially relevant problems,” said IIT Rajasthan Director Prem Kumar Kalra. Speaking on problems in educational field, he said shortage of faculty in educational institutions and explosion of Internet making it difficult to tap the potential of students are the two main challenges.

Creativity is more important than technological ability, stressed NITK Director Sandeep Sancheti presiding over the conference.

Awards

Systems Society of India (SSI) life time achievement award was given to Prof K P Padiyar from IISc Bangalore, Prof H P Kincha from IISc Bangalore, Prof B S Sonde from IISc Bangalore, Dr Vasudev K Aatre and Prof Gordon Savage from Waterloo University.

Dr Kota Harinarayan of NAC Bangalore received the National Systems Gold Medal and Varshneya Award was conferred on Dr T Ramkumar of IIT Kanpur. Dr Manoranjan Sinha from IIT Kharagpur received the Vikram Award.

The Young Systems Scientist Award was bestowed on Dr Sandeep Paul, Dr Sudip Misra and Malavika Gupta.

‘For the welfare of humanity’

National Systems Conference (NSC) is an annual event of the Systems Society of India (SSI), which is devoted to strengthen the systems movement and its applications for the welfare of humanity. The conference aims to facilitate interaction between engineers, scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and academicians in various fields.

NSC provides forum for sharing knowledge, conducting presentations, discussions and further dissemination of research findings. About 225 research papers were submitted for this year’s NSC and the board of reviewers have selected about 125 research papers.

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