EMPI Participates as Knowledge Partner in 6th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress (WRETC)
The theme for the 6th WRETC ’2015 was “Promoting Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency & Sustainability for a Brighter Future”. The Background Paper based on the Theme of the Congress was prepared by the students and Faculty of EMPI Business School. The Paper was accepted and was released during the Inaugural Session of the Conference. The Background Paper was very well appreciated by the organizers, speakers and delegates attending the Conference. In fact, it served as a ready-reckoner for those uninitiated to the world of Renewable Energy (RE). It was a laudable effort made by a team of students and faculty of EMPI.
The Conference was organized by the Energy and Environment Foundation and supported by the Govt. of India, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Earth Sciences and is one of the premier International events.
Besides being the Knowledge Partner, the Students and Faculty from EMPI B-School have been actively participating in the organization and conduct of this event in a very big way. It has been an amazing experience for both the students and the faculty. From co-coordinating the daily activities to attending all sessions and preparing Notes for these Sessions was a rigorous task for the students, but it has been a great learning opportunity as well for all of them.
WRETC ’2015 provided a great opportunity for the students to exchange information with the experts of the Renewable Energy sector from all over the world. Some of the key speakers during the various Sessions were H.E. Mr. Nadir Patel, High Commissioner for Canada to India, Mr. Kerry Adler, President and CEO, SkyPower, Canada, Dr. Satish B. Agnihotri, Former Secy. MNRE, GOI and Chairman Steering Committee for WRETC, Dr. V. K. Garg, Mr. G. B. Pradhan, Dr. G. R. Grob, Founder President ISEO, Switzerland, Dr. Y. K. Yadav, DG, SSS National Institute of Bio-Energy, Mr. K. S. Popli, CMD IREDA Ltd., Mr. P. R. Mehta, Chairman, NSEFI and Dr. Dolf Gielen, Director, IRENA Germany. As management students they evinced deep interest in the financial, marketing, entrepreneurial and skills development avenues in this sector.
Mr. Gireesh B. Pradhan, Chairman CERC with Mr. Gurnam Saran Hony. President EMPI (right) and Dr. S. B. Agnihotri, Former Secy. MNRE and Chairman WRETC (left) releasing the Background Paper during Inaugural Session
Mr. Kerry Adler, President & CEO SkyPower, Canada (Centre), Mr. Gurnam Saran Hony. President EMPI Group of Institutions with students and Faculty of EMPI
Mr. Kerry Adler, President & CEO SkyPower, Canada in conversation with Mr. Gurnam Saran, Hony. President EMPI Group of Institutions
One of the highlights during this Conference was the Scholarships announced by Mr. Kerry Adler, President and CEO, SkyPower, Canada for the students of EMPI and other participating Institutes. This was a great motivator for the students as well as the Institutes participating. Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, Hon’ble MP was the Guest of Honour on 22nd August 2015. She briefed the audience about the relevance of green energy and solutions, especially with relevance to a city like Delhi where the rural villages coexist with the modern complexes. She also had words of praise for the organizers of the Conference and EMPI as the Knowledge Partner.
Ms. Gauri Kumar, IAS, Secy. (Coord & PG) Cabinet Sectt. GOI presenting the Certificates to Col. N. S. Rana, on behalf of the students of EMPI
Students engaged in recording the Minutes of the Sessions
Adding more zest to the event, a Renewable Energy Quiz was conceived and conducted by students of EMPI on the Second and Third day of the Conference. The Questions asked during the Quiz indicated the depth to which the students conducting the Quiz had prepared for the event. The veterans in the field were also floored and found looking for answers to most of these questions.
Eminent speakers from the Industry and concerned Ministries shared their experiences and best practices in the presence of various investors and other multi stake holders from the public and private sectors, advisory groups, Government bodies, NGOs, non-profit organisations, environmentalists and academia. Aim of the Congress was to promote global co-operation in business and technology and find ways for optimal use of world's energy resources for the benefit of mankind. The emphasis was mainly on how we can most effectively and efficiently tap the various renewable energy sources like wind, water, biomass and solar. Several live projects and plans were also discussed by the researchers. These sessions sparked several ideas in the young entrepreneurial minds. It also gave ideas about the future employment scenario in this vital sector over the next few years.
"Green Energy and Green Solutions is the need of the time and my best wishes to EMPI for organizing such a timely conference.
Thanks indeed for being the knowledge partners."
On the final day, based on the views presented and suggestions made by various national and foreign speakers and dignitaries, a Joint Declaration was prepared and read out to the participants. This Declaration along with the recommendations was handed over to Ms. Gauri Kumar, IAS, Secretary (Coordination & PG) Cabinet Sectt., GOI who was the Chief Guest for the Valedictory Session. The same will be forwarded to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the PMO for further evaluation and implementation. In the end the Awards were distributed to the winners from various organizations, which had participated in the competitions. The President, WRETC Dr. A. K. Garg thanked all the participants and organizers who had contributed towards the smooth conduct of this event. The contribution made by EMPIans and their Mentors towards the event was also highly appreciated and they were felicitated. All the EMPIans who had relentlessly worked for the event have been awarded Appreciation Certificates for their contribution to the event and making it a grand success. Concluding the session, he thanked everyone and declared that this event was a grand success.
Mrs. Ragini Garg and Dr. A.K. Garg President WRETC alongwith Mr. Gurnam Saran, Faculty and students of EMPI outside the Convention Centre-NDCC