Faculty Development Programme on Solar Radiations inaugurated in Faridabad University

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Faculty Development Programme on Solar Radiations inaugurated in Faridabad University

Sanjay Chaturvedi

In order to find alternate sources of energy and light the world is looking towards developing more and more products for using the renewable energy. The world is already on the way to light the homes, offices and street lights with the solar energy. But in order to be self reliant in the field and also to explore the optimum opportunities for shifting to the renewable sources of energy it is equally necessary to have good engineers to find the innovative engineering breakthroughs enabling all of us to leave behind the traditional sources of energy we have been using from generations and shift to the new options.

However, going deep into the study it is more important to have faculties ready to educate the future engineers in this field. Since, the concept of Renewable energy is quiet a new concept for India too, the faculties of the engineering colleges also need to upgrade their knowledge bank. In order to initiate in this regard Faridabad based Manav Rachna University (Formerly known as MRCE) organised a 15 day faculty development programme. The programme was inaugurated on Tuesday 12th May 2015 amidst dignitaries like Dr G.N.Tiwari (Professor, Centre for Energy Studies, IIT Delhi), Ainhitze Bizkarralegorra Bravo (Country Representative, Euraxess), Meenakshi Khurana (Dean – Academics, MRU), Dr R P Sambhi (HOD, Deptt of Mechanical Engineering- MRU), Dr Sujata Nayak (Course – Coordinator) along with the faculty members and students by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Manav Rachna University.

The university is known to encourage environmental and sustainable development as part of its mission and to foster the same, Faculty Development Programmes (FDP) on Green Chemistry network, solar energy, radiations and other environmental causes are regularly held at the MRU campus. The objective behind conducting FDP on solar radiation – Green Options for Energy is to provide an interactive platform to the faculty and students into the latest developments in the field of solar energy along with keeping oneself abreast with various thermal equipments, stimulation on solar band equipments.

The FDP would be a mix of classroom lecture sessions, onsite visits to NISC and Solar Park, IIT Delhi, experimental studies on solar energy operated equipments. More than 25 speakers form Delhi/NCR would be visiting the campus to deliver lectures on solar radiations, greenhouse effect, global warming, and energy conservation to name a few. Highlighiting the pros and cons of solar radiations, Dr GN Tiwari said “Energy conservation begins at home. We all should take small steps to bring the change in the society”.

“It is our responsibility to preserve the three E’s – Energy, Ecology and Environment which are also the non – renewable sources of energy”, he further added in his address. The occasion was made special by the presence of Ainhitze Bizkarralegorra Bravo (Country Representative, Euraxess) who has over ten years of experience in management of European Commission funded projects .Before joining the European Commission; she worked for the European Human Rights Foundation. She has also served as Vice-President for EU affairs and Bureau member for human rights and equality of the European Youth Forum.

Manav Rachna University is a State Private University, NAAC accredited ‘A’ grade institute ranked 14th among the Private Engineering Institutes of the country. The University has been highly acclaimed for its innovative steps in carving the steps for a brighter future and involving its faculties and students in the same.

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