The theme and sub-themes as detailed below will address related issues and focus on solutions from engineering perspective.
- Convergence of Technologies for Societal Needs,
- Poverty Alleviation and Health Care,
- Education and Human Capital,
- Farm Productivity,
- Water Resources,
- Engineering and Technology in rural hubs for mitigation of distress and harvesting local innovations, and
- Sustainable Mining.
Six Technical Sessions will be conducted covering all the Sub-Themes. Invited Lectures will be
delivered by eminent professionals of International and National repute in the respective field. Technical papers will be published in the Technical Volume of the Congress with ISBN number.
Theme of the Congress
“Societal Engineering – Imperatives for Nation Building”
The ubiquitous influence of technological advancement is felt everywhere 3⁄4 ranging from urban to rural areas, from real to the virtual world and from professional to the personal arena.
Societal Engineering is a concept which tries to encapsulate purpose and potential of engineering for development of the society and nation at large. This field of study is a combination of all engineering disciplines with a philosophy aimed at holistic development of society. It emphasizes on how engineering education lays the foundation for improving lifestyles and services to the citizen. Therefore it focuses on the fact that engineering education should in particular do more than just producing an engineer. The aim of Societal Engineering is to cater to the daily requirement of life with powerful, quantitative and creative problem-solving skills inherent to all engineers. Societal engineers use their engineering experience in a way that prepare them and make them passionate about improving quality of life through innovation, addressing and appreciating the challenges in the current society. A combination of specific skill sets like global awareness, systems-level thinking,
understanding the innovation and entrepreneurial process from product design to deployment and effective communication are the basic foundations for achieving this goal. It is also important to highlight the fact that public policies have significant effect on technology innovation and advancement.
Conventional engineering disciplines like Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, etc, along with the extended applications of basic sciences, technology and engineering have created space for interdisciplinary applications of structural, environmental, agricultural, chemical, textile, geotechnical, mining, transport, software engineering, etc, which aim to find solutions to daily requirement of life. Apart from these, the applications of artificial intelligence, cloud computing, deep learning, nanotechnology, biomedical instrumentation, EM theory, genetic engineering, provide customised solutions to health, hygiene and enhanced
standard of living.
However, incorporating and integrating technologies in the domain of societal development
has also many challenges. Particularly, issues of skill development and absorption of technology by users need to be addressed in a holistic manner. These challenges therefore have to be identified at the design stage and checks and balances including protection from threats and risk mitigation become fundamental in this context.
The Institution of Engineers (India) would like to encourage interconnection and integration of societal needs and advancement of engineering and technologies. It lays special emphasis to provide a platform for dissemination of contemporary knowledge and exchange of ideas and thoughts, to lay the roadmap for attaining the optimum and ethical technological enrichment so that engineering truly addresses the needs of the society in all dimensions.