SRM – NIQR National Conference
NIQR Chennai Branch and SRM University, Vadapalani organised a one day National Conference on Industry 4.0 on 7th April 2017 at SRM University’s Vadapalani Campus. The theme of the Conference was “Industry 4.0… way forward towards Next Orbit” and 50 papers were received from 7 Institutions and they were scrutinised by Mr. C. V. Gowri Sankar, Secretary - NIQR Chennai Branch and 21 papers were selected for final presentation on the conference day.
The delegates, participants and Guests were welcomed to the conference by a thematic Rangoli drawn by 3 of the students; it was well appreciated by one and all.
The conference started auspiciously with the lighting of Kuthuvilakku by the distinguished Guests. Dr. S Karthikeyan, Professor & HOD of Mechanical Engineering welcomed the guests, delegates and participants. While welcoming debates and presentations on the technological advancements due to Industry 4.0, he also wanted the participants to discuss the flip side of the same, namely unemployment due to more and more automation.
Dr. K. Duraivelu, Dean (E&T), Vadapalani Campus presided over the Inaugural Function. The curtain raiser video by 2 of the students was breathtaking and was well appreciated by the audience.
Mr. P. K. Aggarwal, National President NIQR was the Chief Guest. In his address to the participants, the Chief Guest explained about migration to Industry 4.0 and the benefits of the same.
Mr. K. Manikandan, Chairman NIQR Chennai Branch made a fitting presentation on the theme outlining current Indian Economic Scenario compared to the developed countries and showcased the challenges and opportunities of the Industry and concluded that the way forward is to embrace Industry 4.0.
A souvenir of the conference containing the shortlisted papers, messages from dignitaries from NIQR and SRM and expression of thanks for the sponsors was released by the Chief Guest on the occasion.
The main proceedings started with paper presentations in two halls. Mr. K. Sridharan Balaji, National Secretary, NIQR and Mr. G. Pandurengan, ECM - NIQR Chennai Branch were the Juries in Hall 1.
Dr. V. M. Gunasekaran, ECM - NIQR Chennai Branch and Mr. R. Nandakumar, Life Member, NIQR Chennai Branch were the juries in Hall 2.
Top two teams from the 2 streams were selected for final presentations in the auditorium in front of a full house. The details about winning teams are given in a separate box.
Mr. S. Rajasekaran, National Vice President NIQR was the Chief Guest for the Valedictory Function. In his address to the audience, he praised the quality of the presentations and asked the students to focus on studies and enrich their knowledge through various activities like this conference. Dr. V. Swaminathan, National Vice President NIQR was the Guest of Honour.
Mr. N. Dinakar, Associate Professor summed up the proceedings of the day and Dr. V. M. Gunasekaran gave the views of the juries. The Chief Guest distributed the awards to the winning teams and also mementos to the students who have donned the curtain raiser and rangoli.
Dr. S Karthikeyan proposed the vote of thanks.