Workshop on “Solar Energy Harvesting and Utilization for Sustainable Development” by Padmashri Dr. Mrs. Janak Palta McGilligan

A one day Workshop on “Solar Energy Harvesting and Utilization for Sustainable Development” was organized on 11th September 2018 at CCET, Bhilai as a part of the Coordinator Cell activity of Chattisgarh Council Of Science & Technology (CCOST) in CCET for 2018-19 and was sponsored by CCOST.

The Expert Speaker during the Workshop was  Padmashri Dr. Mrs. Janak Palta McGilligan , Director, Jimmy Mcgilligan Centre for Sustainable Development, Indore. 

Dr. Janak Palta McGilligan is an Indian Padma Shri recipient social worker and the founder-director of Jimmy McGilligan Centre For Sustainable Development, an Indore-based non governmental organisation working for sustainable community development. She is also a former founder-director of Barli Development Institute for Rural Women. She is a Global Advisor (Member of Advisory Board of Solar Cookers International (SCI, Sacramento) and Co-founder of Jaivik Setu in Indore.

The workshop was organized by Electrical Engineering Department in coordination with the R&D Cell of CCET. The workshop was aimed at providing an insight about the potential of solar energy, its advantages, synergy with environment and its applications as well as to develop entrepreneurship by encouraging students in participating in new and innovative product development programs related to solar energy.

The inaugural Ceremony was graced by the Chief Guest and Expert Speaker Padmashri  Dr. Mrs. Janak Palta McGilligan  and Shri Amitabh Sharma, Executive Engineer, CREDA as Special Guest. The Inaugural function began with the welcoming of the guests followed by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp. Dr, Dipali Soren, Principal, CCET in her welcome address highlighted upon the importance of sustainable energy and the need to switch over to harnessing the potential of Solar and other forms of renewable energy.

The Chief Guest, Padmashri Dr. Mrs. Janak Palta McGilligan in her opening remarks gave a glimpse of her own journey of life and her innovations for sustainable living.  During her subsequent sessions wherein she addressed   the participants of the workshop and the entire students of the college,  Dr. Janak Palta enlightened and mesmerized the audience with her varied experiences in life and her search for sustainable development by harnessing solar energy and encouraging solar cooking. Mr. Amitabh Sharma, Executive Engineer, CREDA gave an informative overview about the different projects   undertaken by CREDA in Chhattisgarh.  Dr. Sandhya Pillai, Coordinator, R&D Cell presented a report about the Coordinator Cell activities of  CCOST  in CCET.

The Workshop was attended by around 65 students from Electrical Engineering department and M.Tech. Nanotechnology  along with faculty members. The Workshop concluded with certificate distribution to the participants and the vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs. Payal Roy, Organising Secretary of the Workshop.