A one day seminar on “Exploring the Current Issues in Sustainable Energy” was organized by the Indo-German Center for Sustainability (IGCS) at IIT Madras on June 5, 2014. This coincided with the World Environmental day.
Also, IGCS took this opportunity to felicitate Prof. Ajit Kumar Kolar, Energy Area Coordinator, IGCS (and Chairman, Centre for Continuing Education, and Founder- Convener, Energy Forum, IIT Madras) who has retired after an illustrious career spanning three decades at IIT Madras.
Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurti, Director, IIT Madras, presided over the inaugural function. The chief guest and the key note speaker for the seminar was Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Govt. of India. He delivered an excellent talk titled “Innovation and the Challenges in the Wide-spread Adoption of Energy-Efficient Technologies”
There were very interesting and informative lectures by five invited speakers: Dr. S. Gomathinayagam, Executive Director, Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), Govt. of India (on Issues of Wind-Solar as India’s Future Energy), Prof. Rangan Banerjee, Fobes-Marshall Chair Professor, Department of Energy Science & Engineering, IIT Bombay (on Modeling and Analysis of Energy Systems), Prof. Sreenivas Jayanti, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras, (on Role of Fuel Cells in Sustainable Transport), Prof. Sudhir Chella Rajan, coordinator, IGCS and Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras (on Stabilizing Carbon while Meeting the Energy Needs of the Poor: A scenario-Based Study for India) and Prof. Ajit Kumar Kolar, Area Coordinator, IGCS and Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras (on Advanced Coal Technologies: An Essential Component of a Sustainable Energy System). A total of 85 persons (faculty and students from IIT Madras and other institutions) participated in the seminar, and the deliberations were active and lively.
There was a student poster presentation on sustainability issues in energy. A total of 14 students made the poster presentations. Two of these were selected for award of best posters. The seminar ended with felicitations to Prof. Ajit Kumar Kolar. Many speakers talked about the significant contributions made by Prof. Kolar to the IGCS, to the cause of sustainable energy on the campus, his role at national level in the energy sector and about his pleasant and helpful nature.