Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan has said that clean energy initiatives being taken by Government should be perceptible and bring measurable change in the lives of the common man, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
Inaugurating the International Conference on "NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries" [NxGnMiFu-2017] in New Delhi on Wednesday, Dr Vardhan said that this conference must look at the working conditions of the poorest of the poor/ the have-nots/ downtrodden and see how much scientific research can change and improve their lives.
The Inaugural Function of the conference was also addressed by Dr VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog as Guest of Honour and presided over by Dr G Sahni, DG, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR. Eight distinguished luminaries from the mining and fuel sectors, viz, Rahul Guha, Director General Mines Safety; Gopal Singh, CMD, Central Coalfields Ltd, Laxman Shekhawat, COO, Hindustan Zinc Ltd, Dr NK Nanda, Director, National Mineral Development Corporation, Prof VR Sastry, NIT Surathkal, Karnataka, Prof S Sampath, IISC, Bangalore, KK Sharma, Director, NTPC and Sanjiv Singh, Director, IOCL were felicitated for their outstanding contribution towards growth of the respective industries in particular and the Nation as a whole.
Both the mineral and energy sectors today are at a critical juncture. The rapid expansions of both these sectors are necessary for inclusive growth of the country. At the same time the effects of these growth on the environment, landmass and forest inhabitants need to be simultaneously addressed. With a view to encourage initiative and make the mining and minerals industry more competitive, the Government of India has opened up the sector to private entrepreneurs. Efforts are also being made to boost the 'Research and Development' in these sectors because of the availability of the untapped potential in India.
In this milieu, CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Dhanbad has organised the International Conference on "NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries" [NxGnMiFu-2017] during February 15-17, 2017 at New Delhi on the occasion of CSIR-Platinum Jubilee Celebration to commemorate 75th year of its foundation.
The conference will focus mainly on issues related to Innovative Mining Technologies for Complex Geo-mining Conditions; Mine Safety, Monitoring and Risk Management; Clean Coal Initiatives; Coal to Liquid, Methanol and Urea; Harnessing Coal Bed Methane, Shale Gas and Underground Coal Gasification; Technological Developments in Oil and Gas Sectors and Alternate Clean Energy Initiatives. During these three days, it will be aimed to deliberate and identify the R&D needs to innovate new techniques, technologies and applications for clean, safe, symbiotic sustenance of society, environment and industries in post-2020 era.