Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Target 2030: Sustainable Development

Vimarsh meaning consultation or deliberation was a paper presentation event on sustainable development. The ideas contending for the spotlight comprised of promotion of alternate energy sources, artificial photosynthesis, village development models, desalination methods, indication to a synergistic framework by connecting the stakeholders.

The judges were Dr. Ram Manohar Singh, Dr. Falguni Patnaik and Dr. Rahul Krishna Gairola. The special guest was Dr. Smita Jha. Seven teams participated in the competition.

Participants giving presentation 
First position was bagged by Rahul sharma& Anurag Singh for giving voice to artificial photosynthesis under the heading of Odyssey to the photosynthetic city. The statement was that although solar cells are cutting-edge renewable energy source devices, their manufacturing causes a serious environmental damage. So, by using a catalyst driven mechanism, closely imitating the natural process, the water is to be split into hydrogen and oxygen using sunlight, thus producing fuel for the hydrogen economy.

Second position was taken by Bijon Guha & Shweta Sisodiya. Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. They emphasized upon the concept of needs and limitations to formulate a model for sustainable development. A few facets of the model such as educational innovation called ‘Shiksha Gaadi’ for spreading literacy in remote areas, women empowerment, reducing road accidents by monitoring potholes in roads using proximity sensor in auto road checker vehicle, water ATM, GDP growth in transition & conflicted countries.

Third position was given to Abhishek Kapoor & co. They extrapolated statistics giving the population jump and corresponding sky-rocketing of energy, food and water demand. They gave the present technological developments in solar energy, highly efficient (85%) tidal energy, biofuels, desalination and tackling food requirement.

Conclusion of the event was highlighting the 17 global goals for the sustainable development which are no poverty, no hunger, good health, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, clean energy, good jobs and economic growth, innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption, protect the planet, life below water, life on land, peace and justice, partnership for the goals.

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