The inauguration of the event – the 34th National Convention of Production Engineers 2019 organized by the Tiruchirappalli Local Centre of The Institution of Engineers (India) was held on 25th May 2019, Saturday at EEE auditorium, NIT, Tiruchirappalli. As a part of this National Convention, a national conference on “Emerging
Technologies in Power Sector Equipment Manufacturing” is also being held. This National Convention, sponsored by Production Engineering Division of IEI is the apex activity held once a year aiming at the
achievement of technical and professional growth through intensive technical content and mutual interaction.
In the inaugural address, Er. Shaji John, Director (Power), NLC India Ltd complemented Tiruchirappalli local centre, IEI for selecting a very relevant topic for the conference. Also, he highlighted the following aspects:
1. A nation's prosperity is judged by the per capita consumption of electricity. India's per capita consumption of electricity which stands at 1200 kWhr is well below the world average of 3200 kWhr and per capita consumption of the developed nations like USA, Europe, Japan is far ahead and in the range of 10000 to 18000 kWhr. The installed capacity of India which stands at 356 GW as on 30.04.2019 with contribution from Thermal at 63.5%, renewables at 22 % and the rest from Hydro, Nuclear etc.
2. Indian economy is the World's sixth largest and is poised to overtake that of Japan, Germany, UK and finally China and USA and become the largest economy by the year 2050 with 7 to 8 % growth
during the next three decades. If India's GDP has to grow at 7 to 8 %, necessarily the infra structure and in turn power sector has to grow at a compounded rate of 12%.
3. In the energy mix, the share of fossil fuel based power generation today is at around 63 % and the rest comprising of renewables, hydro, nuclear at 37 %. The gap between fossil fuel power generation and the
rest will narrow down with more and more focus on renewables. In order to have a sustained and reliable growth there has to be a proper energy mix. Hence, coal/lignite based energy and renewable energy has to grow in tandem in our country.
4. Many power utilities have already started implementing the advanced ultra-super critical technology which translates into higher boiler efficiency, lesser turbine heat rate and consequentially lesser fuel
and lesser emissions. Under this scenario, the national seminar on "Emerging Technologies in Power Sector Equipment Manufacturing" assumes significance.
5. Regarding NLC India Limited, he indicated that the company is having impressive track record with the establishment of first lignite mines in India and further, a 600 MW capacity TPS linked pit head
power station in collaboration with USSR in the year 1956. Today, apart from Thermal Sector & Lignite Mining, NLCIL is spreading its wing - expanding intensely, making pan India presence, venturing into various new horizons in Energy domain like coal mining, coal based Power Plants and Renewable Energy and also ventured into Power Trading.
Dr. T.M.Gunaraja , President, The Institution of Engineers (India) and Immediate Past President Er. S.K. Banerjee were also present in the inaugural function. Dr. GUNARAJA indicated that many major technical
events are planned during the centenary year of the Institution of Engineers (India), which is starting from September 2019. He said that IEI has tied up with leading institutes towards enhanced learning
The function was presided over by Dr. Dev Kumar Tripathy, Chairman, Production Engineering Division Board, IEI. In his presidential address he complimented the Tiruchirappalli Local Centre on organising the program in a professional manner. The briefing on the theme for the National Convention was given by Er. R. Selvaraj, Convenor and Dr. N. Kumaresan, Chairman, Tiruchirappalli Local Centre, The Institution of Engineers (India) welcomed the gathering.
As part of the National Convention, Production Engineering Division Board of IEI confers Eminent Engineer Awards to leading engineers involved in manufacturing / production. For the year 2019, the recipients of the award are - Er. A.S. Lamba, Whole Time Director and Group Chief Executive, L&T-MHPS Boilers Private Limited, Faridabad and Dr. A. Noorul Haq, Visiting Professor, Dept. of Production Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. The awards were presented to the recipients by Dr. T. M. Gunaraja, President, IEI.
Additionally, Production Engineering Division Board, IEI selects two Young Engineers, below 35 years of age to encourage the upcoming talents, on pan India basis and confers Young Engineers award. For the year 2019, the recipients of the award are: 1) Dr K Jayakrishna, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University, Vellore and 2) Dr Ankur Gupta, Faculty, School of Mechanical Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar. The awards were presented to the recipients by
Er. S.K. Banerjee, Immediate Past President, IEI. Er A. Anand, Hon. Secretary, Tiruchirappalli Local Centre, proposed the vote of thanks.
BHEL, Tiruchirappalli, National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli and Anna University BIT campus are closely associated with this event. Also, this event is sponsored by leading organizations TNPL and L&T-MHPS Boilers Private Limited. More than 100 delegates, from all over India representing various industries and
educational institutions are participating in this event. As part of this event, 1. F W Taylor Memorial Lecture and 2. G C Sen Memorial Lectures will be delivered by Mr. A. Pari, Director, CRP (India) Private Limited, Chennai and Dr. L. Karunamoorthy, Chairman of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India. More than 30 papers will be presented in this two days conference.