The 2nd International Conference on Recent Developments in Science, Engineering and Technology – ‘REDSET-2015’ was organized by the School of Engineering, G.D. Goenka University on 30th and 31st October 2015. The theme of the conference wasÃ‚Â “Scientific & Technological Innovations for Sustainable Development”. REDSET 2015 was organized in association with University of Arkansas, USA, Computer Society of India and Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering and sponsored by Askme.com, Webtek labs, Prayag Polymers Pvt. Ltd., Everest Industries Pvt. Ltd., Phonewalaa.com, HP Fill Point, Auxein medical Pvt. Ltd., Bansal group, Hi-Tech Engineers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Nav Baharat Trading Corporation., Swastiga Financial Services, RKV infra Projects Pvt. Ltd., Techno FAQ, VHR group, KTT group, Amcon Group and Verage International.
The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Dinesh Kumar Paliwal (OSD, Rashtriya Uchtar Siksha Abhiyan, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India), Mr. Pradyumn Lavania (Director, Cloud and Service Providers for EMC India and SAARC), Mr. Rajdeep Sahrawat (Head, International Business and Strategic Initiatives, Public Sector at Tata Consultancy Services), Mr. Bryan Hill (Assistant Dean, University of Arkansas, USA), 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 Conference Chairperson) by lamp lighting before goddess Saraswati.
The inauguration 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-2015.
Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor GD Goenka University, provided his views on the need for sustainability in the current technological scenario. Relating to the theme of the conference he discussed the impact of technology on society and environment and highlighted the importance of research on sustainability. He concluded his speech by wishing success to the conference and unveiling of the conference proceedings.
Addressing the audience in his keynote speech Dr. Dinesh Kumar Paliwal (OSD, Rashtriya Uchtar Siksha Abhiyan) highlighted how the expansion of education sector in India has not followed a sustainable model. He said that sustainability has a degree with a time limit. What seems sustainable today might fail in the coming time. So in order to accommodate the growing number of students wanting to become engineers, there has been mushrooming of institutes and this has led to decline in quality of education. In order to improve the quality of education and standardize it at international level, there is need of OBE (Outcome Based Education). He mentioned that the assessment process for OBE should be dependent on what to judge not how to judge. He said that we should not-stop imagining, as imagination leads to innovation. He also emphasized on integrated sustainability there the merging of domains can play a very important role. He talked about the importance of all fields such as science, engineering, management, humanities etc. and said that all professionals from different areas must work together in harmony instead of proving their superiority over others, as sustainability itself is an inter-disciplinary term. He also stressed on 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. At last he said that “Engineering of Education is needed for sustainable development and promotion of research”.
The second keynote speaker, Mr. Pradyumn Lavania (Director, Cloud and Service Providers for EMC India and SAARC) talked about the presence of Cloud in the current technological era. He told that even those who are not aware of Cloud, are connected to it 24X7. For sustainability the nature of progress has to elastic and cloud is elastic. A user need not bother about where and how to manage it, just pay and use. He threw light on clouds current position and its future. He also talked about hybrid clouds and how they are important in comparison Â between private cloud and public clouds. Along with cloud he also talked about IoT (Internet of Things) and we all are associated with it. He said “whether you love it or hate it but you cannot ignore it”. During interaction session while answering to the questions from audience about security aspects of cloud. He said with small precautions we can make it secure, till now whatever fraudulence has occurred, most of them were by someone who was an insider of the organization.
Mr. Bryan Hill, Assistant Dean of School of Engineering at University of Arkansas, which is academic partner of GD Goenka University and one of the three Associates of REDSET-2015, congratulated the University for running great programs especially the interdisciplinary projects that a student has to undergo every semester. He told students that once you graduate and enter the workforce or graduate studies, you should be able to relate to not just what an engineer does but what other professionals such as scientists, architect etc. think and merge all that into a true and complete answer to a problem. He said that the world has many problems today and it takes an interdisciplinary team to solve those problems. He encouraged students to get actively involved in whatever they can at the University with research within different project groups.
Mr. Rajdeep Sahrawat, Head of International Business and Strategic Initiatives, Public Sector at Tata Consultancy Services talked about the past, present and future of IT sector in India in his keynote speech. He mentioned how the IT industry has changed over the years from mainframes to the smart phones and how India at a global level has emerged as an IT giant. He shared his experiences abroad how when he told people that he is from India, he was asked whether he knows programming. This shows that the image of the country has changed from being a land of snake charmers to a nation which is synonymous with IT. He said that there is still a lot of potential for growth in IT sector and India will emerge as an even bigger IT powerhouse in years to come.
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. 193 research papers from 10 different countries (India, USA, Japan, Germany, Malaysia, Australia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Mexico) were received and after careful scrutiny and review by the experts of review committee, 99 papers were selected for the inclusion in the proceedings of the conference. This proceeding was released by the eminent guests during the inaugural session.
After the inaugural sessions, parallel sessions on relevant disciplines were organized in which contributors from various academic institutes and industries participated and presented their research papers. The 16 sessions were evenly spread for both days and these sessions were chaired by Mr. Bryan Hill (Associate Dean, College of Engineering, University of Arkansas, USA), Prof. Ashok Kumar (Department of Statistics, Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak), Dr. Komal Bhatia (Dean Academics, YMCA University, Faridabad), Dr. A. K. Jain (Professor, Galgotias University, Greater Noida), Mr. Utsav Mittal (Principal Consultant, Xiarch Solutions Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi), Prof. (Dr.) Gurmeet Singh (Head of Department, Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi), Prof. Rajesh Verma (Department of Electronics & Communications Engineering, Ideal Group of Institutions, Ghaziabad), Dr. Ashok Agarwal (IGNOU, New Delhi), Prof. Parma Nand (Dean, School of Computing Science & Engineering, Galgotias University, Greater Noida), Dr. Shyamli Singh (Centre for Science & Climate Change Organization: Indian Institute of Public Administration), Prof. Manoj Duhan (Head of Department, ECE, DCRUST, Murthal Sonepat), Dr. Bheem Singh (Director, Echelon Institute of Technology, Faridabad), Dr. H.C. Kandpal (Vice-President R&D, FIEM Industries Ltd. Sonipat), Dr. Pawan Whig (Professor & Dean, Dept. of ECE, Rajasthan Institute of Technology, Jaipur), Dr. Peeyush Tiwari (Associate Professor, BIT Mesra, Noida Campus) and Prof. S. K. Sinha (Professor, Amity University, Noida).
On the first day the sessions were followed by mesmerizing performances by the students of GD Goenka University and Chankya & Group. The second day started with an informative keynote speech of Dr. Rathnasree (Director, Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi) where she talked about the Physics and Astronomy of the Jantar-Mantar observatories built in India. She asked students to visit the facilities and use these instruments which are more than 300 years old.
Day 2 of the conference was concluded with the valedictory session in the evening where prizes for best student paper and best papers of the conference were awarded. In his concluding address, Prof. (Dr.) Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor, G.D. Goenka University congratulated the organizing committee for the success of REDSET and thanked all the participants and the delegates for participating in the conference. To conclude the conference, Prof. (Dr.) Sudeep Sharma (Organizing Secretary, REDSET-2015) thanked everyone who was associated with the conference.
Conference was attended by a large number of delegates as it brought together leading Researchers, Entrepreneurs and Academicians from various parts of the globe. 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.