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International Conference on Alternative Fuels for I. C. Engines (ICAFICE 2013) 06/02/2013 To 08/02/2013

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur organized a three day International Conference on Alternative Fuels for I. C. Engines (ICAFICE 2013) from 06 - 08 February, 2013 at Mini Auditorium Design Centre, MNIT Jaipur. The Conference was inaugurated on 6th October, 2013 at 9:00 AM by Chief Guest Prof. R. Natarajan, Former Director, IIT Madras and Former Chairman AICTE. Prof. I. K. Bhat, Director, MNIT Jaipur was the Guest of Honour for the event. Prof. Shyam Lal Soni, Mechanical Engg. Department and Prof. M. P. Poonia, Director, NITTTR Chandigarh were the organizing Chairpersons of the event and Dr. Dilip Sharma was the Convener of the conference.
The conference had been a great success with keynote talks by eminent personalities in the field of energy like Prof. R Natarajan, Ex-Director, IITMadras, Prof. Avinash Agrawal of IIT-Kanpur, Prof. L M Das of IIT-Delhi, Prof. A Ramesh of IIT-Madras, Prof. V Ganesan of IIT-Madras, Prof. Y K Vijay of Univ. of Rajasthan, Associate Prof. K A Subramaniam of IIT-Delhi, etc. Prof. Natarajan shared his ideas towards sustainable development and renewable energy. Our wisdom is enhanced by his ideas of 12 Es and 3 Rs of sustainable development. Prof. Agrawal enriched our knowledge on optical ignition of I.C. engines using laser beams with endoscopes right in the heart of fire, i.e. the cylinder. Prof. Ganesan enhanced our wisdom on gaseous fuels adding humor to his talk making the already heavy technical environment light. Prof. L. M. Das and Prof. Vijay made us acquainted with their on-going research on hydrogen as fuel and renewable energy usage for automobiles.
We were successful in having couple of keynote addresses from people with stupendous experience and success in industry, deeply involved in research and development like Dr. D S Khatri, an ex-Maruti executive, Mr. B R Shyam Prasad of Bosch. It was great to hear about many innovations and current research in the field of gas injection from the horse's mouth, Dr. Khatri. Mr. Shyam Prasad talked about the research going on in Bosch at Stuttgart, Germany.
The conference was divided in 9 technical sessions and we had 10 keynote speakers, all with great repute and numerous awards in their area of work, as mentioned before. We had a full house during most of the time with the conference ending at around 6 pm on both the days before today. More than 150 people attended the conference, with more than 85 registrations. 70 technical papers are published in a good 500 pages proceeding with an ISBN Number and more than 50 authors made the presentation of their research findings to the august audience. Copy of proceeding was presented to each registered guest, invited speakers and sponsors alongwith a folder displaying the vibrant colors of Rajasthan and highlighting the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of MNIT Jaipur of which this conference was a part.
Prof. I K Bhat, Director, MNIT informed the audience about MNIT, current infrastructural facilities and his near future plans for this great institute. Many keynote speakers took keen interest in visiting our labs and were shown the works for which we have got patents. The event was covered by Print and Electronic Media of Rajasthan Patrika, Dainik Bhaskar, Times of India, etc.

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