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Expo brings innovators, industrialists together

Lovely Professional University [LPU], in collaboration with Vijnana Bharati, Punjab Technical University [PTU] and Punjab State Council for Science and Technology [PSCST], has organised the biggest science and technology expo — Bhartiya Vigyan Sammelan 2012. The four-day expo, which was held at the LPU campus, was inaugurated by Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal.

In order to bring the scientific community, academicians, technocrats and other innovators together on a single meaningful research forum, the theme of the event was 'Science for Global Development'.

The event was also dedicated to the great mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, to commemorate his 125th birth anniversary.

For the Expo, more than 120 Stalls of different dimensions exhibited in three mammoth hangers covering close to 50,000 sq ft area, the best of displays like missiles, rockets, mig-29, solar panels and many other exclusive projects like Zero Cost Lighting in absence of electricity. More than 550 research papers were presented as 2,000 scientists pondered on various issues for concrete solutions.

More than 50,000 students visited the exhibition.

The conference was addressed on the second day by Adviser to the Prime Minister TKA Nair, who addressed some of the key concerns affecting the country. 'Let us all join hands to have an integrated approach to seek solutions to the problems specially related to sustainable agriculture technology, water, supply of energy and health-care,' he commented.

On the third day Bhartiya Vigyan Sammelan 2012 witnessed a very interactive session by the father of India's first supercomputer ‘PARAM’ Vijay Bhatkar and Vikram Desai, Head of the Development and Educational Communication Unit [DECU] of the Indian Space & Research Organization [ISRO].

Addressing the students, Bhatkar said, 'In the last 25 years India has strengthened its aim across the world in the field of information technology [IT]. That more and more companies are opening their research and development head quarters in India is evidence of this. To achieve this, students should try to get involved and engrossed in scientific projects under global commitments towards dire needs.'

Commenting on the event, LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal said, ‘It has been a breathtaking experience and we are privileged to host a mammoth event at LPU. We are thrilled to see a great sea of Indian wits from the research centres/ laboratories of DRDO, CSIR, ISRO, AEC, IITs, engineering/ agriculture colleges/ universities and industry at the BVS-Expo. It has been a great learning platform and we take this an inspiration to strive hard to scale LPU in equivalence to yesteryears’ great seats of learning in India — Nalanda and Taxila.”

The event witnessed not only scientists, technocrats, academicians, policy makers, research scholars and students from 'structured organizations' but also innovative farmers, technicians and artisans, which has been a unique feature of this scientific conference.
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