Conversion from waste to wealth is future of India: Gadkari

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Mar 2018 08:52:05


Staff Reporter,

“Conversion of knowledge to wealth and conversion from waste to wealth is the future of India. Economic viability should be the basis for innovation. Application of technology, research, knowledge, and entrepreneurship is paramount for sustainable innovations. It is the need of the hour and we all must strive incessantly to achieve it,” asserted Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari at the inauguration of grand finale of ‘Smart India Hackathon 2018’, a pan Indian 36 hour nonstop digital programming competition, that kickstarted at Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM).

Nitin Gadkari spoke extensively on the theme ‘wealth from waste’ like biofuel, lithium battery, Ethanol, amino acids etc. He stressed on the use of agro waste like rice, wheat and cotton straw, bamboo and other fibers for textiles and fuel energy. He emphasised that knowledge is the locus for futuristic development. He stressed on the fact that research and innovation is the need of the hour and students have a huge responsibility of coming up with sustainable and economically feasible solutions for the betterment of the countrymen. He elaborated on the various ambitious projects that the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways is undertaking for cost-cutting benefits.

Prominently present on the occasion were Priyank Bharti IAS, Director Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India; Sandeep Kumar, General Manager (Technical) of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited; Sameer Bendre, Chief People Officer, Persistent Systems; Chandrakantbhai Thakar, Vice-Chairman, RCoEM; Satyanarayan Nuwal, Vice- Chairman, RCoEM; Govindlal Agarwal, General Secretary, RCoEM; Rajendra Purohit, Secretary, RCoEM; Dr R S Pande, Principal, RCoEM and Nodal Officer, Smart India Hackathon’18, Nagpur; Dr M B Chandak, Assistant Nodal Officer and delegates from NIC, Persistent Systems, various faculties and Heads of the Department, RCoEM. Prof Pratishruti Singh-Agarwal conducted the proceedings.

‘Smart India Hackathon'18’ was officially inaugurated by Prakash Javdekar, Union Minister, Ministry of MHRD, Government of India from New Delhi Institute of Management, New Delhi. Prof Anil Sahastrabuddhe, Chairman, AICTE, addressed from Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering, Bengaluru through a live webcast at all the 28 Nodal centres in India for this event.Dr S D Mohgaonkar, Dean of Second Shift, RCoEM; Dr D S Adane, Head, Department of Information Technology; Dr Priti Voditel, Head, Department of Computer Application; Dr Y M Sonkhaskar, Dean, SRC; Dr A A Khurshid, Head, Department of Electronics; Prof Abhijeet Raipurkar, Prof Lalit Agrawal; Dr J Kene, Prof Ashish Mehta, Prof P R Pardhi, Dr Nitin Narkhede; faculty and student members have worked relentlessly to make ‘Smart India Hackathon'18’ a successful event.

Event to conclude toda

The event will conclude on March 31 at 8 pm followed by valedictory function to be held across all the 28 centers. Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, will be the chief guest for the valedictory function at RCoEM. All the prize winners will be connected to form a ‘Community of Innovative Minds’.