FDP on “Applications of computing techniques in sustainable energy systems” starts at IKGPTU

Jalandhar/Kapurthala : A One-week National level faculty development programme (FDP) on “Applications of computing techniques in sustainable energy systems”, commenced at I.K. Gujral Punjab Technical University, Main campus. The programme is organized by the Department of Electrical Engineering and co-sponsored by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). This first week FDP had around 55 registered candidates from the north-west region of India. Research scholars, faculty and research mentors attending the event, and drawn from IITs, NITs, Technical Universities and Engineering colleges would benefit by interaction and find new areas for carrying out research on sustainable energy systems and issues related to problem solving through computational techniques.

In the event patronized by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Sh. Rahul Bhandari, IAS, the Chief Guest was Dr. G. Sridhar, Director-General of National Institutes of Bio-Energy, Kapurthala. In his address he appraised all present regarding the immense scope of energy from biomass, solar and to a small extent wind to be an alternative to the conventional fossil based energy sources in the region. He conveyed the challenges these sustainable energy systems hold to the issue of grid integration. The need of using the available computational techniques and developing new algorithms was emphasised by the Guest of Honour, Prof. (Dr.) Vikas Chawla, Dean Academics, IKGPTU and Chairman of FDP. The AICTE Coordinator for the University FDPs, Dr Rajiv Chauhan, in his address emphasised the immense need of sustainable development and gave the historic timeline of shifting from non-renewable thermal and nuclear power to renewable sources. Prof. (Dr.) Gagandeep Kaur, Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering welcomed the guests and participants and introduced the department to all.

Earlier in the day, the FDP coordinator, Dr Akhil Gupta, conveyed the scope and expected outcomes. During this programme of one-week, experts will deliver talk on topics such as, Bio refining of biomass for bio-fules, computational techniques for solar PV, improvements in the biomass cook-stove, Deregulated environment, new energy policy of GoI, case studies, application based DSTATCOM in sustainable energy systems, signal processing as a tool for non-invasive assessment of system, computational techniques for fault diagnosis, grid connected wind power generators, etc. The organizers thanked the support provided by Dr Yadwinder Singh Brar, Dr Deepika Bhalla, Dr Naveen Kumar Sharma, all faculty members, officers and staff of the University.