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Delhi Technological University organised a two-day national conference on “Innovations in Engineering” which ended here earlier this week. The objective of the conference was to provide a platform to students and faculty to showcase their talents in various engineering and technical spheres. About 85 new ideas were presented at the conference in areas such as clean energy technologies, re-cycling and re-use of waste products, computer science and networking, automobile solutions, nanotechnology and communication technologies.

Students, research scholars and faculty members from institutions such as DTU, Indian Institutes of Technology, Jadavpur University, Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, West Bengal Technical University and Jaipur Engineering College participated in the conference which was organised by DTU's Civil and Environment Engineering Department.

Diverse presentations were made on topics such as control of automobile pollution, electronic commerce, new technologies in street lighting, re-use of hazardous waste in civil engineering, telecom in rural India and harnessing wind energy for power production. The participants were also given feedback on their projects by experts.

The Gurgaon-based Management Development Institute, better known as MDI, held the14 {+t} {+h} edition of its market research festival this past week. Participation was seen in large numbers from students and corporates from Delhi and the National Capital Region. Thirty innovatively named stalls were the main attractions of the festival. The event had a green theme in a bid to increase environmental awareness among citizens. Software developed by a non-government organisation was used to track the carbon footprint of the entire event. Plans have been made to plant an appropriate number of trees to offset the carbon trail.

Delhi University colleges such as Shri Ram College of Commerce, Lady Shri Ram College and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University performed street-plays on the need for a peaceful India and women's empowerment. Children from over 50 schools were also invited to participate in a talent show, painting contest and mathematical games.

The objective of the fair was to help corporates in understanding consumer psyche and improving market access.

Ansal Institute of Technology, Gurgaon, signed a memorandum of understanding with Edith Cowan University, Australia, this past week. The agreement encompasses the development of programmes and services in specific areas of mutual interest, including information technology, engineering, hotel management, business communication, nursing and health education, collaborative research projects and staff and student exchanges between the two institutes.

Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi's entrepreneurship development cell is organising its annual competition, Vishishth, which will enable entrepreneurs to showcase their talent. The theme is “Ideate, Innovate and Implement.” Registration is open to all colleges.

The event will take place over a few rounds. Those wishing to participate must submit executive summaries of their project by November 9. After a round of short-listing, those selected will be allowed to make projections of their projects after being mentored by an expert panel. The actual presentation will be held at an entrepreneurship summit in February. More details can be obtained at

Urvashi Sarkar



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