The inaugural session of the 9th All India Peoples’ Technology Congress (AIPTC) was held at the Mini Auditorium of Science City, Kolkata on February 8, 2013. The inaugural session was attended by nearly 280 delegates from industry, academia, students and members of the press many of whom were FOSET members. The session was presided over by Dr. N.R. Banerjea, President FOSET. Dr. Banerjea welcomed the delegates and introduced them to the theme of the 9th AIPTC – Technology for Development of Sustainable Livelihood. He spoke about the contribution of FOSET in the altruistic service for development of the society.
Next Dr. S.P. Gon Chowdhury, Former Director, WBREDA stressed the need for a national initiative to harness and use solar energy to preserve conventional sources of energy for a longer period of time. Prof. Subimal Sen, Former Chairman, West Bengal State Council of Higher Education, spoke about the need for involvement of youths in the activities of FOSET and looked forward to student paper participation in AIPTC. Prof. Swapan Pramanik, Former Vice Chancellor, Vidyasagar University, stressed the need for an equitable distribution of resources among different strata of the society.
The Chief Guest, Shri Anuj Sinha, Former Adviser and Head, National Council for Science and Technology (NCSTC), Govt. of India introduced the participants to the concept of DREAM-2047 where he urged the younger generation to take a greater role in the nation building exercise to commemorate 100 years of India’s independence. The inaugural address was delivered by Shri Rabiranjan Chattopadhyay, Hon’ble Minister-in-Charge, Dept. of Science and Technology and Bio-Technology, Govt. of West Bengal. He lauded the efforts of non-governmental voluntary organizations like FOSET in maturing the scientific consciousness of the general public and welcomed the delegates to the 9th AIPTC. Shri Jay Chakraborty, Joint Secretary, FOSET offered the vote of thanks.
The inaugural session was followed by the 5th P.N. Chowdhury Memorial Lecture which was delivered by Prof. Sabyasachi Sengupta, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Eastern Regional Council, and Former Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Technology. Prof. Sengupta spoke at length about the advantages and disadvantages of present education system in the country. He felt that a cognitive relation should exist between the educator and the educatee. The President, FOSET declared the program closed for the day.