Indian Chemical Engineering Congress (CHEMCON-2021) comes to an end today at CSIR_IMMT Bhubaneswar


The four days long Indian Chemical Engineering Congress (CHEMCON-2021) and the 74th Annual Session of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) comes to an end today at CSIR- Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar. This year IIChE-Bhubaneswar Regional Centre and CSIR- IMMT Bhubaneswar organised this event in association with the Institute of Chemical Technology-Indian Oil Odisha Campus, Bhubaneswar.

Honourable Governor of Odisha, Prof. Ganeshi Lal graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The valedictory event started with the welcome address by Prof. Suddhasatwa Basu, Director, CSIR-IMMT and also the Chairman of Local Organising Committee followed by the introduction of the guests by Prof. M. K. Jha, President, IIChE.

The theme of the Conference was “Sustainable Utilisation of Resources for Chemical & Mineral Sectors” that focused on providing a forum for substantial discussion on the availability and utilization of mineral resources using the existing and emerging technologies. CHEMCON-2021 featured a host of events, which included 5 plenary lectures, 15 lectures from the CHEMCON DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS. Two International Symposiums such as the Indo-Canada Symposium on “Clean Energy” and the Indo-South Africa Symposium on “Clean Coal Technology” were conducted where 20 speakers of international repute from India, Canada and South Africa delivered talks. Around 280 oral presentations and 105 poster presentations, concerning to various aspects of chemicals, petrochemicals, environment, polymer, bioengineering and mineral processing took place. More than 900 delegates participated in hybrid mode.

Addressing the event, Prof. Ganeshi Lal, honourable governor of Odisha said that, “To escape the challenges and the problems which the world is facing today phenomenally, the togetherness of Man and the nature is highly important. Hopefully, with the standard of living we don’t lose standard of life.” He further went on to add that, “We have dumped crores and crores of garbage and poison into the chest of the mother earth, being a child of the mother earth. That’s what we have done. That may not happen in Odisha as all care is being taken”. He also mentioned that, “I’m very happy that IMMT had organised such international level event in Odisha which is known for its rich mineral resources”.

On this occasion, Mr. Hemant Sharma, IAS, Principal Secretary of Industries department Odisha addressed the event and thanked Mr. C.P. Gurnani for his contributions to CHEMCON 2021 and Honourable Governor of Odisha, Prof. Ganeshi Lal for gracing the event with his presence. He said, “ CHEMCON is an event which is not only important for the industry, for academia but it is extremely important and extremely implement for a state like Odisha. Odisha is the largest producer of iron ore and steel and we are pro-actively working on industrialisation”. He mentioned that, an event like CHEMCON was highly important for a state like Odisha.

After the governor addressed the event, Dr. C. Eswaraiah, Organising secretary, declared prizes for best presentations and posters.
This was followed by a presidential address by Prof. M. K. Jha, President, IIChE.Post the valedictory session, Dr. C. Eswaraiah, Organising secretary, proposed the vote of thanks.

Companies like Reliance India Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Aditya Birla Chemicals, Tech Mahindra, NALCO, Excel Industries, UPL Limited, Deepak Nitrite Limited, L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Limited, Paradeep Phosphates Limited, IFFCO, Aarti Industries limited, The Dharamsi Morarji Chemical Co.Ltd., Transpek Silos Industry Pvt Ltd had sponsored the event.


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