The TED-X event took place on 15th October 2016 at 9.30 AM. The program started with the talk of hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Dr. Vilas Gaikar. This was followed by the talk of Dr. Anil Joshi. A spectacular fusion of hip-hop and classical dance followed. Later, Dr. Sharad Kale, Dr. Dhananjay Sharma, Aakash Lonkar, Nikhil Sharma, Dr. P. K. Katti, Prof. Y. N. Patil and students – Chandrakant Agame, Rishi Patil, Rishikesh Kinhalkar gave talks on various topics. The program concluded with the spectacular performance which included extravaganza of dance and music.
The details of speakers along with their summary are given below:
1. Dr. Vilas G. Gaikar
Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University-Lonere.
He gave a talk on ” Engineers and Engineering, how challenges should be blended with them”. The talk included that how the era has evolved, how it has been engineering and engineers which brought this big change of evolution. But was the system capable of producing the creative engineers? So to challenge the small budding minds of undergraduates, the young innovative choice competition was started as an initiative of ICT which collaborated with DrBATU, problems faced by the competitors was challenging real life problems. So to get rid of this rigid system of education in this country, challenges was the best thing to being faced by this young undergraduate and how the solutions should be was explained. Convenient technologies have to be developed, the need of this hour is to have a technology suitable for every man, and yes it should be economical. Video Link of the talk
2. Dr. Sharad P.Kale
Honoured with Padma Shri Award in 2013 in the discipline of Science and Engineering, he is the head of Technology Transfer and Collaboration Division at BARC. He is known for the development of NisargRuna biogas plant which is based on biodegradable waste resources.
At TEDxDBATU, he gave a talk on the topic “Environmental Sustainability”. His talk started with statistics of air of how much we breathe, how can we say that air is money, but as a matter of facts we can say this. He developed a system in his lab in 1999, a desiccator with 550ml of water, manure, a money plant. After three months of this experiment desiccator was sealed, and here comes the amazing part it is still alive and beautiful after 15 years, a sustainable system was developed. Awareness should be done in India about how the Garbage can be converted into manure, no brains in our society. How earth has been given to us as a deposit, and we should take a sincere care of it.
3. Dr. Anil Joshi
Awarded Padma Shri in 2006 is a social worker, botanist and green activist. He id the founder of Himalayan Environmental Studies Conservation Organization (HESCO). He gave a talk on “Ecological Growth Measures”. To express the growth rate of the country, Gross Domestic Product is the prime factor that should be taken into consideration. This GDP whose agriculture was the little part of it excluded the ecology and environment. Soil, air, water which was free still excluded from the so-calledGDP. Various statistics were discussed that how our GDP is hampered by the comfort lifestyle products which are not at all enjoyed by our rural community which forms a large part of India. Quality of air, importance of soil and the natural resources which should have been taken under the initiative of the Government. What is that we do with it at last, survival of humans is dependent on these ecological factors, unfortunately we should be at least serious about it now. Last but not least, we failed to understand science of nature.
4. Dr. Dhananjay Sharma
He is the Head, Department of Surgery at NSCB Government Medical College, Jabalpur-Madhya Pradesh. He has developed many low-cost surgical techniques for developing countries. He gave a talk on the topic of “The last mile challenge”. Difficulties are opportunities, not only having problems but getting their solution is the complete package of how we should see and seek for it. Statistics on surgery was given and how the stated problem had a solution was explained, each resource should be brought into use. So when we have fewer resources, innovate. Low-cost equipment should be brought in use and how surgeries should be handled in a low-cost way. Various research papers of Dr. Dhananjay Sharma were highlighted in the talk and how this has been implemented in India. Modified simple equipment and other simple methods were discussed. So, convince people to publish and prosper. Value for “money”, no, it should be value for “many”.
5. Mr. Aakash Lonkar
He is the director at Animal Angels Foundation, a Pune-based NGO which works towards Animal-Human interaction.
He gave a talk on “Animal Assisted Therapy”. Many people are stressed out these days, so the solution was the healing therapy. Animal Angels Foundation was started on the basis that animals have unconditional love, they don’t demand anything. A female dog named Pepe was also present at the time of Mr. Aakash Lonkar talk who actually demonstrated Animal Assisted Therapy. AAT was started in 1961 in the USA, and in India, it took them almost 50 years after that to start. How these loving animals especially dogs can heal the imbalanced human brain by just
showing their innocent love. Animal-assisted theory included trained therapy animals especially dogs, animal assisted activities was also started as a part of this foundation. This foundation had changed the life of many people and still are doing the same for the society. Live in present, love unconditionally. Video Link of the talk
6. Nikhil Sharma
Worked in airlines for 6 years, left job, started travelling on bike and vlogging on YouTube. He blogs his bike travels which include trips such as Kashmir to Kanyakumari and others. He gave a talk on “Incredible India and Motivation to Youth”. Travelling and exploring the new destinations, taking his story from the Ladakh to Kanyakumari, starting his video blog so called as blog How he started with vlogging is the ups and downs of his life, what makes him what he is today. The young dedicated Nikhil Sharma aka Mumbiker loves to takes his drone and camera gopro with him to capture the moment of action instantly. Mumbiker’s main objective is to travel India and explore its beauty, to share the beauty not only with Indian people but also with the people across the globe. Another objective of Nihkil Sharma is to connect with the young generation of India and make them positive, happy in whatever way possible. Video Link of the Talk
7. Sachin Shende
General Manager at RBI, he gave a talk addressing education gap. How 2.5 million young graduates are hampered by the rigid system of education, where they should develop the skills of thinking, communication at the young age, they have become the slaves of this system. Our top 1% of the population holds 50% of the wealth of the country, how the majority should enjoy the facilities then? Two worlds, therefore, came into existence the haves and have nots, so this is what we are talking about, it is the educational gap. Our NGO started in 1992 by the nuclear physicist who gave up his job in Canada and started this movement of training the young minds who don’t see any opportunities among themselves from the rural areas. A small school was also started as a part of this NGO, and they are always filled with this motivation,” the moment you change your mindset you will change your destiny in future”. This small school, outreach program and several other social activities reflected the beautiful partnership of the haves and have nots. So we the people who are watching this TEDx event had the karmabhumi of two great Indian stalwarts Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar who were the agents of change to bring about a better humanity for the entire community.
8. Prof. Yogesh Patil
The controller of examinations at DBATU, he gave a talk on “Social Media”. The talk started with how social and media are connected. Mr. Y.N.Patil started with the x-factor of this Ted talk that how this x is playing a very crucial role to have the world connected to this university through live streaming. How social media is helping the news to become viral with a blink of an eye. How an underrated news is publicised through facebook, WhatsApp, twitter and Instagram which changes the mindset of people. How our younger generation is influenced by the social media and how media has affected the entire world through the single click.
9. Dr. P. K. Katti
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, DBATU. There is not much technical knowledge required to understand this, 70% of the population in the country stays in rural areas. If we are using the energy we are a consumer but if we are generating the energy I am a prosumer. So it’s the prosumer concept that we will stick to in this talk. The grid connected SPV rooftop system, the solar panel, the inverter can be connected and fed to the grid and go for the usage of energy. Needs of energy was estimated, how much energy is generated per day were the simple questions that were to be answered.
Other Student Speakers included were:
1. Chandrakant Agame : 2nd Year Petrochemical Engineering Student, DBATU
2. Rishi Patil : 3rd Year Mechanical Engineering Student, DBATU
3. Rushikesh Kinhalkar: 3rd Year Computer Science Student, DBATU