RCOEM’s International Conference ICACER-2019 inaugurated

International Conference on Advances & Challenges in Energy Research (ICACER- 2019) organized by Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur has been inaugurated. The conference is organised in association with CSIR-NEERI, Institution of Engineers (India) as knowledge partners.

ICACER-2019 has been inaugurated on 15 th March 2019 at Chitnavis Centre, Civil lines, Nagpur at the hands of Chief guest Shri. Prafulla Pathak, Chairman, Solar Energy Society of India (SESI), New Delhi. Dr. Shripal Singh, Scientist & Officer Incharge CIMFR was guest of honor. Shri Chandrakantbhai Thakar, Vice Chairman, RCOEM presided over the function, Shri Govindlal Agarwal, General Secretary, RCOEM, Shri Rajendra Purohit, Secretary, RCOEM, Dr. R. S. Pande, Principal and General Chair, Dr. K.N. Agrawal, Convener and Dr. M. M. Gupta Co-Convener were prominently present.

At the outset ICACER-2019 has been inaugurated by lighting the traditional lamp. The founder chairman of RCOEM and Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu, his Excellency Shri Banwarilal Purohit expressed his best wishes to the conference through his message, that was read by Dr. R.S. Pande, Principal of RCOEM, Nagpur.

Dr. K. N. Agrawal, Convener, ICACER-19, in his introductory remarks highlighted the various sessions, plenary talks and deliberations to be held during the two days of conference. The conference delegates are from research organizations, academic institutions in India and abroad and industry personnel. A total of 54 research papers will be presented in the two days of conference. All registered and presented papers are likely to be published in online special conference issue of IJMPERD, a Scopus indexed journal.

In his presidential address Shri Chandrakantbhai Thakar spoke about the direct relationship of electricity generation & development of the nation. He urged delegates and researchers to work for society and to use their research work for the benefit of common man. The knowledge partners & Sponsors R.C. Plasto Tanks & Pipes Pvt. Ltd, Moil Ltd & Manmohan Minerals & Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. Were felicitated by the hands of President of the function Shri Chandrakantbhai Thakar.

The abstract book was released by the hands of all digniteries. 

Dr. M.M. Gupta, CO-Convener & HOD Mechanical proposed the formal vote of thanks. The inaugural function was compered by Dr. P.S. Deole & Prof. R. A. Agrawal.

Keynote: In his keynote address Shri. Prafulla Pathak, Chairman, Solar Energy Society of India (SESI), New Delhi, said about advances & research going on in energy sector. He also pointed about cost of generation of power for conventional & unconventional methods of power generation like Solar & Wind energy. He brifed about the progress of unconventional energy generation & utilization after independence. He also highlighted about the e-mobility & large capacity solar power plants.

Plenary Talk 1: Dr. Lalit Kumar Sahoo, Principal Scientist CSIR-CIMFR Nagpur spoke on Energy efficiency Benchmarking. In his talk he highlighted the reduction in losses during energy conversion. He briefed about the energy conservation techniques for various household & commercial applications.

The day was followed by the sessions of industry experts on industrial case studies & technical paper presentation sessions by the participants. Conference Organising Secretary Dr. V.V. Shukla & Dr. S.S. Joshi, along with all the faculty members of Mechanical Department put consistent efforts for the success of the conference.

The day two of the conference would witness the technical paper presentation sessions, poster presentation competition & plenary talks.

On day Three the industrial visit for the participants to the nearby industries is planned.

Smart India Hackathon 2019

“Solving challenges faced by India through Innovation, Innovative Solutions, Using digital Technology by Young Minds of India” SHRI RAJIV R. MISHRA @ RCOEM in Worlds Biggest Hackathon 2019.

“Todays Generation (GenNext) is intellectually and Information technology wise much ahead and SMART India Hackathon is “Solving challenges faced by India through Innovation, Innovative Solutions, Using digital Technology by Young Minds of India”, asserted Shri Rajiv R. Mishra at the inauguration of Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon ’19, a pan India 36 hour nonstop digital programming competition, kickstarted at Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering & Management, Nagpur to conduct this mega technical extravaganza.

The event at RCOEM, Nagpur was formally inaugurated by Shri Rajiv R. Mishra, Chairman cum Managing Director, WCL who spoke extensively on the theme ‘How technology can be used for bringing better solutions for India.  He stressed on being positive and thinking out of the box and one should be part of crowd but need to be different from the crowd. He elaborated on the various innovative projects that the Western Coal Fields Limited, is undertaking under their CSR initiatives. Through these initiatives the dropout ratio girls improved from 84% to 32%.WCL provided solutions to issues pertaining to non availability of Toilets, Commutation and Menstrual cycle problems by constructing toilets, donating bicycles and installing Sanitary Pad vending machines. Mine water is now used for irrigation purpose and further through their project K2K (Kamthi to Kanhan) drinking water was facilitated. WCL came up with Coal Neer for Rural India where Rural population and even farmers have a right to drink mineral water. In this digital technology era Mission WCL 2.0 is initiated for use of social media for creating New India. 500 young minds are working for future course of action in his war room for providing better solutions for sustainability.  He wished the students a technologically sound future. He also interacted with the members of the participating teams to know about their domain of problem statements and how they planned to come up with solutions. He appealed to the budding technocrats to come up with creative thinking, identifying the problems in their vicinity and environment and provide innovative, economical and sustainable solution for it.

For consecutively 3rd year RCOEM has been selected as a Nodal Centre for the grand Finale. It is nodal centre for Ministry of Railways, Department of Atomic Energy and Ministry of Coal and will host the event involving 32 teams (more than 250 students) with their mentors. The teams would be addressing the various problem statements related to above Ministries. Recreational activities like yoga and zumba dancing have been planned to ease the young innovators’ minds during the Hackathon. The event will conclude on 3rd March, 2019 at 8:00 pm followed by valedictory function to be held across all the 48 centers. Shri Ashwin Mudgal (I.A.S) Collector and District Magistrate, Nagpur will be the Chief Guest for the Valedictory function at RCOEM. 10 teams of RCOEM are also participating in SIH 2019 at different centers across the country.

What is Smart India Hackathon (SIH)?

Innovation and entrepreneurship are at the peak in India. In order to make development a comprehensive mass movement and innovate on all fronts, MHRD, AICTE, i4c and Persistent Systems have come together to organize Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2019 - a unique Open Innovation Model for identifying new and disruptive technology innovations to solve the challenges faced in our country. It's a non-stop product development competition, where problem statements are posed to technology students for innovative solutions. It can help to:

  • Harness creativity & expertise of students
  • Spark institute-level Hackathons
  • Build funnel for 'Startup India' campaign
  • Crowd source solutions for improving governance and quality of life
  • Provide opportunity to citizens to provide innovative solutions to India's daunting problem.

·         Non-stop 36 Hours digital programming competition begins

·         World’s biggest Hackathon

·         SIH-19 has 334 software problem statements, 198 hardware problem statements from 18 Ministries & Departments, 95 industries.

·         11000+ students selected for the Grand Finale across India.

Through Video speech, Minister of HRD, Shri Prakash Javadekar said that the journey of Hackathon has moved from 40000 participants in 2017 to 2 Lakh in 2019. He motivated participants to have discovery and research oriented journey. He encouraged participants to be owners of Innovation to lead the global community and take the country forward. Prof. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, Chairman Organizing Committee, Smart India Hackathon congratulated everyone for participating in World’s biggest Hackathon. He said everybody contributing in providing solutions to the Ministries and Industries, is a winner. Dr. Anand Deshpande, Chairman & MD, Persistent systems and Co-Chair, Organizing Committee, Smart India Hackathon welcomed everyone and was overwhelmed with the euphoria of the coders ready to wrestle to come up with the best solutions.

Prominently present at the occasion were Shri Phoolchand, Scientific officer, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Shri G. B Jagtap, Senior Divisional Personnel, Railways Nagpur, Shri Ranjeet Ghosh, Ministry of Coal, Shri Govindlal Agarwal, General Secretary, RCOEM, Shri Rajendra Purohit, Secretary, RCOEM. Dr. M. B. Chandak, Nodal Center SPOC and delegates from NIC, Persistent Systems, various faculties and Heads of the Department, RCOEM. Message of Chairman, Shri Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu was read by Dr. R. S Pande, Principal, RCOEM & Nodal Officer, Smart India Hackathon’19, Nagpur, The programme was compeered by Dr. Asmita Deshpande.

Shri Padyumna Joshi, SOH, DAE, Shri Reetesh Chorasiya, SOF, DAE, Shri Rajkumar Jha, SO, DAE, Shri Laxman Potbhare, AICTE Representative, Shri A P Singh, Dy. Director, Railway Board also graced the occasion. SIH-2019, has been organized by MHRD, MIC, AICTE, i4C, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini and Persistent and partnered by Doordarshan, Deloitte, CISCO, Devnet, KPIT and Suma Soft.

During the 36 hour event Individual Ministry Trainers will conduct training sessions for all teams. The panel of judges includes Mr. D.K. Sharma, General Manager, Central Railway, Mumbai, Mr. Ankur Rastogi, Mr. Mohd. Shahid, Mr. Mukesh Choubey and Mr. Abhishek Kumar Singh for Ministry of Railways track. Mr. Alok Sarkar,Mr. A.P. Singh, Mr. Rakesh and Mr. R.K.Ghosh for Ministry of Coals track. Mr. B.S. Jagadeesh, Associate Director, Computer Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mr. P.S. Joshi, Mr. Kislay Bhatt, Ms. Vibhuti Duggal and Mr. Pranabesh Kanti Thander for Atomic Energy Track.

Principal Dr. R S Pande, Nodal Center SPOC Dr. M B Chandak Dr. D. S. Adane, Dr. Preeti Voditel, Prof. N. M. Deshkar, Dr. A. A. Khurshid, Dr. Y. M. Sonkhaskar, Dr. Mridula Korde, Prof. Dilipkumar Borikar, Prof. A.R. Raipurkar, Prof. P. R. Pardhi, Dr. S. Aote, Prof. Pravin Sonsare, Dr. Vandana Gandhi and an enthusiastic team of Faculty Members are working round the clock for making this event a grand success.



“The young and talented minds are the breeding house of critical solutions” said Shri Somesh Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager, Nagpur for Valedictory function of Smart India Hackathon 2019 at RCOEM. The Chief Guest talked about young and talented minds as the breeding house of any critical solutions and advised the young innovators to think out of the box for innovative solution to solve challenges faced by the country.

He addressed Smart India Hackathon as one of the best platform in India to harness creativity of young & talented bunch of students. He stressed on the importance of execution and implementation of all critical problems solved by the participants of Hackathon 2019. He also spotlighted that Hackathon is one of the biggest Open Innovation Model which has provided the platform to the young minds to think innovatively and think out of box. Dr. B.S. Jagadeesh, Distinguished Scientist, Associate Director, Computer Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay has also guided attendees to be a Game changer, have ability to convert dreams into realities, have ability to work in collaboration and a huge amount of opportunities is waiting for youngsters to be exploited.

Shri Govindlal Agarwal, General Secretary, RCOEM opined that “Hackathon is a step towards creating New India were young minds will work in collaboration and rise above caste, creed, colour and religion. The motivation given by him ignited the minds of the young innovators to work creatively for nation. RCOEM was nodal centre for Ministry of Railways, Department of Atomic Energy and Ministry of Coal and hosted the event involving 32 teams (more than 200 students) with their mentors. The program was graced by Shri. Govindlal Agarwal, General Secretary RCOEM, Shri Rajendra Purohit, Secretary RCOEM, Shri. Laxman Potbhare, Senior Manager, Persistent System Limited, Nagpur, AICTE Representative, Dr. R. S. Pande, Principal RCOEM and Dr. M.B. Chandak, Nodal Center SPOC Hackathon 19.

The panel of judges includes Mr. D.K. Sharma, General Manager, Central Railway, Mumbai, Mr. Ankur Rastogi, Mr. Mohd. Shahid, Mr. Mukesh Choubey and Mr. Abhishek Kumar Singh for Ministry of Railways track. Mr. R. K. Ghosh, Chief manager, WCL, Mr. Alok Sarkar, and Mr. A.P. Singh, Mr. Rakesh for Ministry of Coals track. Dr. B.S. Jagadeesh, Associate Director, Computer Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mr. P.S. Joshi, Mr. Kislay Bhatt, Ms. Vibhuti Duggal Mr. Pranabesh Kanti Thander, Mr. Dhananjay Parulekar and Mr. Dhiraj gupta for Atomic Energy Track. The panel of organizer includes Mr. Phool Chand, Mr. Nitesh Chourasia from Department of Atomic Energy, Dr. Raj Kumar Jha, Mr. Goraksha Jagtap from Ministry of Railways.

The felicitation of the winners for Smart India Hackathon’19 ended on the most enthusiastic and vibrant note where in a total of Rs. 5,75,000/- cash prizes were won by the participants.
 The cash prize Rs. 1 Lakh was won by the team Hexa-Codie from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, West Bengal for the project title “Brain Image segmentation using Machine Learning”, under complex problem statement category of Department of Atomic Energy.
 The cash prize Rs. 1 Lakh was won by the team Syzygy from Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, Delhi for the project title “Malicious Web Page Detection using Machine Learning”, under complex problem statement category of Department of Atomic Energy.
 The cash prize Rs. 75,000 was won by the team Phi Beta Kappa from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal for the project title “3D visual of radiation Source using Area Dose”, under complicated problem statement category of Department of Atomic Energy.
 The cash prize Rs. 75,000 was won by the team LifeBus from National Institute of Technology, Patna, Bihar for the project title “Medical Emergency App”, under complicated problem statement category of Department of Atomic Energy. 
 The cash prize Rs. 75,000 was won by the team BLOCKS from Jabalpur Engineering College, Jabalpur, MP for the project title “Algorithm for double Blinding of Coal Samples”, under complicated problem statement category of Ministry of Coal.
 The cash prize Rs. 50,000 was won by the team Zeniith from Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences Pilani, Goa Campus for the project title “De-Duplication of Price List (PL)”, under Simple problem statement category of Ministry of Railways.
 The cash prize Rs. 50,000 was won by the team a team has no name from Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, Punjab for the project title “Media Plan”, under Simple problem statement category of Ministry of Railways.  The cash prize Rs. 50,000 was won by the team Xorticans from Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakashi, Tamil Nadu for the project title “Manned Level

Crossing (MLC) on Indian Railway Networks”, under Simple problem statement
category of Ministry of Railways. The arrangements made by the institute were highly appreciated by the participants of the Smart India Hackathon’19. The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Dr. Rajesh Pande, Principal, RCOEM. Smart India Hackathon at RCOEM has been possible because of the painstaking efforts made by Administrative officer Mr. Sanjay Kargutkar and Dr. D S Adane, Dr. P Voditel, Prof. N M Deshkar, Dr. S H Deshmukh, Dr. Y M Sonkhaskar, Dr. M Korde, Prof D Borikar, Prof. A R Raipurkar, Prof. P R Pardhi, Dr. S Aote, Prof P Sonsare, Dr. V.Gandhi and enthusiastic team of faculty members and student team members worked
relentlessly for the success of Hackathon 2019 at RCOEM. 36 hours of continuous monitoring the participants was done by the venue management team comprising more than 30 faculty members and more than 20 student members of RCOEM. All other teaching and non-teaching staff of RCOEM has worked relentlessly to make Smart India Hackathon a successful event.

The two day 36 hour nonstop digital programming competition started on 2 nd March, 2019 at 7:40 am concluded on 3 rd March, 2019 at 8:30 pm. The Smart India Hackathon’ 19 ended on the note of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi that the Smart India Hackathon is the biggest Open Innovation Model at the national level. He said the Indian economy is growing rapidly, and the country is setting new benchmarks in innovation. He said India is today, the third biggest Start-Up and will soon be in the list of Top 25 countries of Global Innovation Index.


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