Two day 3rd Indo-German Conference on Sustainability in Engineering: Enhancing Future Skills and Entrepreneurship during 16-17 September 2019
The following contributions have been made from IGCSMTwo day 3rd Indo-German Conference on Sustainability in Engineering: Enhancing Future Skills and Entrepreneurship was held at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Pilani Campus during 16-17 September 2019. 60 participants from Germany, USA, and India participated in this two day conference organized by Indo-German Center for Sustainable Manufacturing (more information on www.igcsm.org), a joint project of Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany and BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus. Prof S K Verma, Dean Administration, welcomed the delegates on the behalf of BITS Pilani and shared the journey of BITS Pilani from a small school to university transformation. Professor Christoph Herrmann from TU Braunschweig highlighted the 10 year long cooperation between the two universities. Professor Reza Asghari from TU Braunschweig emphasized the role of entrepreneurship in the new era of digitalization. Prof Manbir Sodhi, from University of Rhode Island, USA delivered an enthralling keynote on circular economy and the role of India in circular economy with simple models. Mr Volker Schmid, head, FESTO Didactic’s Asia and South Pacific, highlighted the role of training, vertical integration, project management, commissioning, etc. in the digitalization industry. Professor K S Sangwan, head of the Indo-German Center for Sustainable Manufacturing and Chair of the conference explained the themes of the conference. He explained how the three themes – engineering sustainability, engineering education, and engineering entrepreneurship – can be useful for fulfilling India’s aspirations for “Make in India”, “Skill India” and “Start-up India”. Dr Rajni Singh proposed the vote of thanks. There were eight technical sessions and eight keynote lectures from academia and industry. DAAD, FESTO, Mitutoyo, Nerolac, and CSIR sponsored the conference.