The technical symposium of the Department of Chemical Engineering at NIT Trichy, Alchemy, was inaugurated on 23rd April, 2021. The three day event is organized by the Chemical Engineering Association (ChEA) of NIT Trichy. Alchemy shifted to the online platform this year to continue
spreading knowledge and imparting a sense of interest in the field of chemical engineering,
despite all challenges.
The event kickstarted with an address by Prof. T. K. Radhakrishnan from the department of Chemical Engineering. He addressed the audience thanking them for their enthusiastic participation. He also noted his appreciation to the chairperson of Alchemy, Surya, the overall coordinator, Kande Ashish and the entire team of student organisers behind Alchemy. He thanked Prof. Sarat Chandrababu for his continued support as the faculty advisor of Alchemy. Prof. Sarat Chandrababu has been a major support to the symposium and has always been present during all technical activities. This was followed by the presidential address by the director, Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas. Prof. P. Kalaichelvi, the head of the Department of Chemical Engineering was also present and thanked all the participants, organizers and members of the faculty for their support in making the event a grand success.
Prof. M K Jha, the president of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers was invited as the chief guest. He gave an enlightening speech elaborating the cutting-edge technology in the field of petrochemical engineering.
The Dr. S. H. Ibrahim Endowment Lecture, initiated in memory of the founding Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, will also take place during the inaugural day of Alchemy. This year Mr. Ravi Sankaran, lead engineer at Fluor Australia Ltd, has been invited to
give the lecture on 'Process Safety'. He is an experienced industry personnel and this lecture will give students great insights about the chemical engineering industry.
Multiple events will take place over the course of the three days. This includes paper presentations, quizzes and guest lectures by eminent personalities like Suresh Kumar Bhatia (Professor, University
of Queensland) and Sudhhasatwa Babu (Director of Council of Scientific Industrial Research). Several workshops have also been organised. They will provide hands-on training in Matlab, Aspen and research paper writing. This will be beneficial to all the chemical engineering students.
Alchemy has been conducted successfully since 2013 and attracts over 1000 students every year from different institutions all over India. The symposium witnessed high numbers of registrations this year too and is off to a great start even during the COVID-19 pandemic.