Prof. R. Natrajan, to inaugurate OPJIT National Conference on Technical Education in Raigarh

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The two-day conference, to be held from Oct 8-9, 2010 at the OP Jindal Institute of Technology, will enable participants gain better insight into the opportunities in technical education and the challenges it faces

OP Jindal Institute of Technology
OP Jindal Institute of Technology, Raigarh

RAIGARH (Chhattisgarh): In a bid to bring together all practitioners from across the nation to exchange views on a wide range of issues in technical education, the O.P. Jindal Institute of Technology – a philanthropic initiative by Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL) – is organizing a two-day National Conference from Oct 8-9, 2010 at its campus here. The inaugural function and the first day of the program will be held at the OP Jindal auditorium in the JSPL campus, Raigarh on October 8, 2010 at 10 AM.

Chief Guest Prof.R. Natrajan, Former Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Bangalore will inaugurate the conference. Shri Anand Goel, Joint Managing Director, Corporate Affairs, JSPL; Dr Sanjeev P. Sahani, Head-Education, JSPL; Dr. B.S. Mal, Vice Chancellor of the Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekanand Technical University (CSVTU), Bhilai; Dr. Sanjay Singh, Advisor, Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), Department of Science & Technology DST, Government of India, New Delhi will be the guests of honor of the inaugural function. Dr. B.K. Sthapak, Principal Director, OPJIT will preside over the Inaugural function.

The conference will see three keynote addresses, 75 papers, 10 plenary talk sessions and 5 presentations. Around 200 delegates from various educational institutes, experts and students from across the country are participating in the conference.

In the plenary talk, Dr S. K. Verma, VC, Sarguja University, Bilaspur; Dr Sanjay Singh, Scientist G/ Advisor & Scientist In charge TIFAC/DST, Delhi; Dr Ram Gopal, Former Director, DRDO; Dr. A. K. Vaish, CSIR Emeritus Scientist, NML, Jamshedpur; Dr. Bhaskar Bose, Calcutta; Dr Binod Mishra, Asst. Prof., IIT Roorkee; Dr Baharul Islam, CEO, SARG, Guwahati;, Mr Sachin Bhatnagar, Director, Career Counselling, Indore; and  Diretor of NIT, Raipur and well-known academicians Dr Bhaskar Bose Kolkata, Mr K Alam Khan, Bhopal; Dr Gopal Pathak, Ranchi; Dr G D Singh, Lucknow ; S Anshu Surve, Baroda will participate.

Titled ‘Technical Education: Opportunities and Challenges in Contemporary Scenario’, the conference aims at providing an opportunity to the academicians, industry personnel, executives, consultants, scholars and social workers to share their views and experiences on various aspects related to technical educations. Through this exchange, the participants will gain better insight into the opportunities in technical education and the challenges it faces.

The technical education system is dynamic in nature and is widely recognized as an important part of the total education and training system. It not only provides opportunities but also faces many challenges in responding to societal and economic changes in the local and global environment. The conference will explore some useful insights on the underlying philosophy, policies, choices and rationale, which have helped shape the system of technical education and training in a global context.

O.P. Jindal Institute of Technology
The O.P. Jindal Institute of Technology was established with the primary motive to “impart quality education and train the youth to take up the future challenges of evolving India”. The institute was a dream of its founder Late Shri O.P. Jindal, an eminent industrialist, politician and great philanthropist.

The Institute is affiliated to the Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekanand Technical University, Bhilai and is recognized by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

The institute was established in the year 2008 under the aegis of The Jindal Education and Welfare Society (JEWS) and is committed to groom the budding technocrats to create an ideal society. It is promoted by Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL), India’s fastest growing steel and power company, that is part of the about US$ 12 billion OP Jindal Group.

Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) today is one of India’s major steel producers with a significant presence in sectors like Mining, Power Generation and Infrastructure. With an annual turnover of over 10000 crore, JSPL is a part of the diversified O. P. Jindal Group. In the recent past, JSPL has expanded its steel, power and mining businesses to various parts of the world particularly in Asia, Africa and South America.

The company produces economical and efficient steel and power through backward integration from its captive coal and iron-ore mines. From the widest flat products to a whole range of long products, JSPL sports a product portfolio that caters to each and every need in the steel market. It also has the distinction of producing the world’s longest 121 metre rails and large size parallel flange beams. It also produces the widest plate in coil form up to 3.5 metre wide.

The organisation is equally concerned about the environment and is committed towards restoring nature’s balance by maintaining a clean and green environment. JSPL’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy aims at bringing about a radical transformation in the quality of people in and around the operation areas of the company through positive intervention in social upliftment programs.

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