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IIT-Bombay symposium explored sustainable development

More than 100 professionals from academic, industrial and non- governmental organizations (NGO) attended the July 26 symposium on sustainability at IIT- Bombay. The symposium was held to discuss the critical challenges, find innovative solutions, and share success stories in sustainable development. Sessions also explored the role of science and engineering in sustainability and brought sustainability and resiliency studies to the forefront of engineering research and development initiatives.

The symposium addressed a wide variety of topics including the challenges of NGOs in creating sustainable farming communities; the growing need for technologies and engineering professionals to provide innovative solutions to the current electricity and water crisis in India; and sustainable recycling of land, water, urban and industrial waste with current innovative technologies. IIT Bombay engineering students also had an opportunity to showcase their projects and network with corporations.

Dr. V. K. Saraswat, member of the NITI Aayog, Government of India, was the keynote speaker and his remarks focused on the challenges of sustainable development and the combined role of science, engineering and education to find innovative solutions to sustainability. The symposium attracted many experts in the industry including Bijay Sahoo, group president of Reliance Industries; Gaurang Das, director of Govardhan Eco Village; Anirban Ghosh, chief sustainable officer of Mahindra & Mahindra Sustainability group; and Bhavik Bakshi, a professor of chemical and biochemical engineering at Ohio State.

Priya Kurle, assistant director of the Ohio State India Gateway, along with other staff members, helped coordinate and organize the event. The symposium, which will be an annual event, will help bridge the gap between concept and practice in innovation, research, corporate and governmental planning.

The symposium was organized by the Ohio State India Gateway, IIT Bombay and industrial partner Techstain Technologies, and sponsored by Reliance Industries.