Prakalp 2020 is the 16th edition of the National Level Chemical Engineering Students’ Conference organized by the IIChE Students’ Chapter at MIT Academy of Engineering, Pune.
The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Sustainable Development’ and is being conducted on 11th-12th September, 2020.
The conference majorly focuses on sustainability which aims to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We are considering all 17 sustainable development goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 and intended to achieve by the year 2030 as a part of a UN Resolution called “The 2030 Agenda”.
One of the prime goals of this conference is to shed light on some of the neglected or less talked about issues in the engineering world. Engineering being such a dynamic field can affect change in numerous way and we wish to shed light on issues such as food insecurity, economic inequality, gender biases, climate action and the importance of peace and justice institutions. These areas are quite often overlooked by us and by focusing on the 17 sustainable development goals, we can impact change everywhere are they are integrated, which means they recognise that action in one area will affect the outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. The purpose of this theme is to understand the science and art of using the resources wisely. Sustainable development is the need of the hour and also the moment of truth. Therefore participation in PRAKALP 2020
The conference is divided into four main segments;
- The technical presentation will take place in virtual mode and groups of maximum three students would be present their ideas, solutions, views on sustainable development. Each presentation would be for a maximum of 10 minutes.
- The Industry Defined Problem Statement (IDPS) is one of the most enriching experiences for students as they get to work on a real-life problem given and evaluated by industry professionals. This is also an excellent chance for students to interact with professionals and learn first-hand about the issues and troubleshooting methods
- The Technical Quiz on sustainable development would be an online quiz and students with 70% or above grade would get an e-certificate.
- The Video Making Competition requires participants to make a one-minute long video that promotes the message of sustainability and the winners would be decided by a social media challenge for most likes and comments.
All of these competitions have one ultimate goal, to spread awareness about sustainability and give students a chance at discussing their ideas so that they can improve them and turn their projects into viable solutions that would help us all. Students from all disciplines are urged to participate as sustainable isn’t limited to one domain but necessary for all of us.