International Conference on Emerging Trends in Science and Technology (ICETST)

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An International Conference on Emerging Trends in Science and Technology (ICETST), a two-day summit of talks was organized by the Department of Applied Sciences at Punjab Engineering College(Deemed to be University), Chandigarh from June 10th - 11th2022. The international conference is a part of the centenary celebrations of the institute, as PEC celebrates the completion of 100 years of its foundation.The objective of the conference was to bring together chemists, physicists, material scientists, mathematicians, engineers, academicians, researchers, and professionals of matching interests on a common platform to share new ideas, experiences, research, and knowledge obtained in various domains of science and technology. The conference aims to foster and build a strong network among researchers globally, disseminate knowledge about cutting-edge technological advancements to the participants, discuss information in relevant domains of science with the motive of seeding future developments, and give an opportunity to its participants globally to exchange latest research results, ideas and applications in the emerging areas of science and technology.

The conference was inaugurated on 10th June 2022 in the gracious presence of Chief Guest, Prof. Sushil Kumar Tomar, Vice-chancellor J.C. Bose University of Science and Technology, YMCA, India, and Conference Patron Prof. Baldev Setia, Director Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University) Chandigarh. The conference inauguration and technical sessions were executed by conference chair Prof. Sucheta Dutt, conference conveners, Prof. Vasundhara Singh, Prof. Asha Gupta, and Prof. Sanjeev Kumar and conference coordinator Dr. Shilpi Chaudhary.

A total of 250 people participated in the conference. The majority of the participants joined the conference offline. The conference had speakers from many prestigious institutes such as IITs, IISER, and central universities around the country. Key international speakers include Prof. Sanjay V.Malhotra of Oregon Health & Science University Portland, USA (Molecular Recognition through Boron-based Sensors), and Prof. Yogendra K. Mishra of the University of Southern Denmark (Tetrapods based Smart Materials for Advanced Technologies). Further, Prof. Sushil Kumar Tomar, J.C. Bose University of Science and Technology, YMCA, India, also delivered a plenary talk on “Plane Waves in Microstretch elastic with voids”. Moreover, 17 expert talks were delivered with wide coverage of different topics of science and technology. A total of 80 posters and 32 oral presentations were presented by students from several institutes globally.

Conference details on technical sessions:
Three parallel sessions were conducted during the conference under the Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics section.
In Chemistry section, one plenary and seven expert talks were presented.
The plenary speaker, Prof. Sanjay V. Malhotra, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, USA, presented Molecular Recogination through Boron-based Sensors. The expert talk by Dr. Thara Mani IIT, Ropar includes Advanced Energy Material for Clean Conversion and Dr. S. S. V. Ramasastry IISER Mohali gave the talk on the Palladium-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization Reaction.
In chemistry section, the second day of conference started with the expert talk by Dr. Kalpna Maheria, NIT Surat on Synthesis and characterization on Biomodal Nanoporous Zeolite Materials and Their Catalytic Application. The second expert, Prof. Neeraj Gupta, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, presented Designing the nanocarbon based catalyst for the chemical conversion of biomass derived lignin and glycerol. Prof. Narinder Singh IIT, Ropar, presented the research work on Potential of Nanomaterials for Chemosensor Development and Water Purification. Dr. Neeraj Naithani SCL, Mohali delivered a talk with title, From the bridge connecting chemistry to electronic fabrication. The last expert talk was delivered by Dr. Garima Agrawal IIT, Mandi on Smart Nanomaterials- A Novel Platform for Cancer Therapy.

In Physics section of the conference, a plenary talk and six expert talk were delivered.
The plenary talk was given by Prof. Yogendra K. Mishra, University of Southern, Denmark on Tetrapods based Smart Materials for Advanced Technologies. The first expert talk was delivered by Prof. Avanish S. Parmar, IIT (BHU), Varanasi, India on Multifunctional Nanodots AND Hydrogel for UV-Protection, Sensing, Bio IMAGING and Drug Delivery.
Prof. Suvankar Chakraverty INST, Mohali gave a talk on KTaO3 – Rocks. Dr. Mukesh Kumar IIT Ropar talked on Solar-Blind Photodetectors: Fabrication and testing in normal & extreme conditions. The second day of the conference in physics section started with an expert talk by Dr. S. D. Kaushik, UGC –DAE, BARC, Mumbai. Prof. B.R. Nanda IIT, Madras presented an expert talk on Iridates and isovalent oxides: A platform to produce novel quantum states. The last expert talk in physics section was delivered by Dr. Ajay Soni IIT, Mandi on Light Matter Interactions in Chalcogenides and Technological Applications.

In the Mathematics section one plenary and four expert talks were delivered with following details: A plenary talk was delivered by Prof. Sushil Kumar Tomar J.C. Bose University of Science and Technology, YMCA, India, on Plane Waves in Microstretch elastic with voids. The first expert talk was given by Prof. Vanita Verma PU, Chandigarh on Application of Mathematics in Real Life Problems. Prof. B.C. Tripathi TU, Agartala talked on Some Summability Methods For Convergence of Sequences. Prof. Umesh Gupta JKLU, Jaipur delivered the talk on Community Engagement through Innovations in Mathematics Education. Dr. Anuradha Sharma, IIIT, Delhi talked on Enumeration Formulae for Self Dual, Self-Orthogonal and LCD Codes over Finite Commutative Chain Rings.

Recent Research Activities

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, Applied Science Department has received the India 2020 Top Cited Paper Award for article “Sr and Mn co-doped sol-gel derived BiFeO3 ceramics with enhanced magnetism and reduced leakage current” Nandni Sharma et al 2017 Mater. Res. Express 4 015702. The Top Cited Paper Award is for corresponding authors from India, for work published across the entire IOP Publishing portfolio.

A National Seminar on ‘Space Flight: Challenges and Opportunities’ was held at the Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University), Chandigarh. Notably, the seminar was conducted to commemorate the 16th death anniversary of Dr. Kalpana Chawla, the star alumni of Aerospace Engineering Department of PEC, who disappeared in the sky during Columbia Disaster on 1st February 2003.

The Computer Centre, Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University), Chandigarh in association with Chandigarh Sub Section of IEEE is organized a Six Weeks Workshop on Web Development & Introduction to Programming the Internet of Things (IoT). The workshop comprised of theoretical and practical sessions on daily basis. Expert Lectures were also conducted during the workshop.