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The 1st Conference on Recent Developments in Science, Engineering and Technology “REDSET-2014” was organized by the School of Engineering, G.D. Goenka University on 17th and 18th October 2014. The theme of the conference was “Societal and Environmental aspects of Interdisciplinary Scientific Research”. The conference was inaugurated by Prof. (Dr.) R K Shevagaonkar (Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi), distinguished keynote speakers Mr. Krishna Kant (Head, EMC Academic Alliance – Southeast Asia, Russia & ANZ), Mr. Rakesh Verma (Vice President & CTO, Samsung Heavy Industries India), Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh (Vice Chancellor, G.D. Goenka University) and Prof. (Dr.) D K Jha (Dean, School of Engineering, G.D. Goenka University and Chairperson REDSET 2014) by lighting of the lamp. This was followed by Saraswati Vandana recited by students.

The inaugural ceremony started with a welcome speech by the Conference Chair Prof. (Dr.) D K Jha, in which he presented REDSET as a competent forum for researchers from academia, industry, research and government organizations, and also shared the detailed program of REDSET-2014.

Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor GD Goenka University, provided his views on the current technologies from a bystander’s perspective. Relating to the theme of the conference he discussed the impact of technology on society and environment. He added that the current generation is very fortunate to be born in this era where there is so much technological dynamism. He cautioned however that this technological advancement must be dealt with care. Prof. Raj Singh emphasized on the all-round investigation and studies on the effect of technology on society, economy and environment, as a shortsightedness is this matter might lead to catastrophe. He concluded his speech by wishing success to the conference and unveiling of the conference proceedings.

Addressing as the Chief Guest, Prof. (Dr.) R K Shevagaonkar spoke on the mutual interdependence of Science, Engineering & Technology, which are the keywords of the conference theme. He emphasized on the importance of all three fields and how advances in Science offer new capabilities, new materials, or new understanding of processes that can be applied through engineering to produce advances in technology. Advances in technology in turn open opportunities for new scientific investigation. He also highlighted the significance of interdisciplinary research which is the buzz word as most of the modern day problems cannot be resolved effectively by one particular discipline.

Addressing as keynote speaker, Mr. Rakesh Verma, Vice President and CTO Samsung Heavy Industries India, talked about offshore engineering solutions provided by Samsung Heavy Industries India. He gave an overview of the latest technology used in ship building like PDMS modeling with a Focus on Health Safety Environment compliance. He displayed the structures of FPSO Topsides, Fixed Platforms, Semi-submersible Drilling Rigs, etc. engineered by Samsung India and constructed at Samsung Korea. Mr. Verma was impressed with the natural beauty and infrastructure of the university and invited our students to work at Samsung Heavy Industries India after they graduate.

Second keynote speaker of the day, Mr. Krishna Kant (Head, EMC Academic Alliance – Southeast Asia, Russia & ANZ) talked about the opportunities in the field of Big Data and Cloud Computing. He also explained the related security issues with the help of a case study from banking sector. He gave an insight on how companies are using Big Data Analytics to improve competitive advantage by reducing the churn and increase profits. In conclusion he talked about the platform and generation gaps encountered in this field due to rapid changes in technology and how EMC is bridging this gap.

In this conference, Call for paper was also issued along with the notification of the conference and overwhelming response was received in the form of research papers. 122 research papers were received and after careful scrutiny and review by the experts of the Review Committee, 71 papers were selected for the inclusion in the proceedings of the conference. This proceeding was released by the eminent guests during the inaugural ceremony.

After the inaugural function, parallel sessions on relevant disciplines were organized in which contributors from various academic institutes and industries participated and presented their research papers. The 12 sessions were evenly spread for both days and these sessions were chaired by Mr. Sanjay Goel (CEO, P L Engineering Ltd. Gurgaon), Dr. Manoj Taleja (Guru Govind Singh IP University, New Delhi), Prof. (Dr.) H C Taneja (Delhi Technological University, New Delhi), Prof. (Dr.) A K Jain (Galgotias University Greater Noida), Prof. (Dr.) P. C Tiwari (National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra), Dr. Manish Gupta (Senior Vice President – Analytics, Info Edge (India) Ltd.), Dr. Rama Chari (Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore), Prof. (Dr.) Mehtab Alam (Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi), Prof. (Dr.) Mahesh K Yadav (RPS Group of Institutions, Mahendragarh), Dr. Kapil Sharma (Delhi Technological University), Prof. (Dr.) S K Sinha (Amity University, Noida) and Prof. (Dr.) Kapil Kumar Goel (M.M. University Mulana – Ambala).

The first day concluded with mesmerizing cultural performances by Kingdom of Dreams, Chankya & Nishant Project and the students of G.D. Goenka University.

The second day started with an entertaining and informative keynote speech of Prof. (Dr.) D.P. Kothari (Educationist; Former Vice Chancellor, VIT University Vellore; Director i/c IIT Delhi; Principal, VNIT Nagpur), where he talked about the current scenario and future scope of renewable energy in India.

Day 2 of the conference was concluded with the valedictory session in the evening where prizes for best paper of each session and best papers of the conference were awarded. The best paper in student category was jointly awarded to Mr. Varun Sharma (IIT Delhi) and Mr. Vikrant Yadav (NIT Kurukshetra) whereas; the overall best paper award was shared by Ms. Divya Singh (University of Delhi) and Mr. Prateek Kala (GD Goenka University). Each winner received a certificate of merit, a cash prize and a trophy. In his concluding address, Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor, G.D. Goenka University thanked the guests and delegates for their participation and contribution in making this conference a success. He also thanked the members of the organizing committee who were well supported by the faculty and students of School of Engineering.

Conference was attended by a large number of delegates as it brought together leading Researchers, Entrepreneurs and Academiciansfrom various parts of the country. Earlier Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor, G.D. Goenka University and Conference Chairperson Prof. (Dr.) D.K. Jha (Dean, School of Engineering) formally welcomed the guests the presented them mementos on behalf of the University as token of remembrance. Large number of faculty and students were also present in the conference. The conference concluded with an announcement that the next version of REDSET i.e. REDSET 2015 will be an international event.

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