What would you like to be remembered for? You have to evolve yourself and shape your life. You should write it on a page. That page may be a very important page in the book of human history. And you will be remembered for creating that one page in the history of the nation – whether that page is the page of evolution of a new technological systems, the page of innovation in a way of working, or the page of creating action oriented missions for the people or the page of triumphing over diseases which have afflicted humanity for ages, or the page of contributing towards inclusive growth of the nation in a time bound manner
On 25th August 2020 – IGEN (The Institution of Green Engineers) in association with the KPR Institute of Engineering and Technology organized virtual conference, IGEN Nobel Laureate Lecture Series (NLLS) on Sustainable Agriculture –first of its kind in the history of Lecture series by any Institution in India & abroad. Having such a captivating idea in mind, IGEN, the non-profitable society founded by the green minded people, aimed at transferring intellectual knowledge to the research community, students fraternity, academicians and Industrialists. NLLS was aimed and designed to motivate the 50% Indian Youth’s to conquer more on wining Nobel prize to India, thereby lifting the countries growth towards sustainability in every walk of life.
IGEN serves as a catalyst to connect all professionals for building a greener world by bringing together all the professional practitioners working for creating a green community, provide sustainable environmental solutions to achieve a green world and to inspire, inform & influence the global engineering community to adopt green engineering practices in their design, product, process and systems. IGEN which specifically works for Green Technology has taken an initiative to portray and bring out the real-time outcome by connecting such organizations like renewable energy companies, customers & utilities through series of events namely ENERGATHON’20 – Asia Book of record for conducting world’s first 12 hours virtual conference, GENTRANSCON’20 exploring and connecting Generation, Transmission and Distribution. On the eve of Environmental day, in association with 20 countries connected with SDG goals, conducted another World record event – ENVIRONTHON’ with 20 speakers from 20 Countries connecting 2000 Students with 20,000 participants from around the world aiming with 2, 00,000 views in IGEN YouTube Channel (IGENSDGPLUS) non-stop environment concerned eye-opener events.
Dr.L.Ramesh, President of IGEN, expressed his pride and gladness while welcoming the multitude. He briefed IGEN’s mission of working towards UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) (3, 4,6,7,9,11,12,13 & 17) that are represented as VIBBGGYOR – each colour representing and working on each sector of SDG’s. He also mentioned the Young Green Innovative Army (YGIA) that is been developed for encouraging younger minds to design & inculcate Innovative products which lead them to be a solution provider for sustainable greener world. Deliberating the objectives of IGEN Nobel Laureate Lecture Series (NLLS), Dr. M. Akila, the Organizing Secretary of NLLS & Principal of KPR Institute of Engineering and Technology, highlighted its mission of connecting the Nobel Laureates of the globe under one forum and whole-heartily thanked the strenuous work extended by Dr.Subashree in connecting Nobel Laureates with IGEN. She informed that NLLS strives to provide an insightful take for every responsible citizen of a country to recognize the necessity of balanced social, economic and environmental sustainability.
The inaugural ceremony of the IGEN Nobel Laureate Lecture Series got unveiled with a spectacular classical dance, showcasing the cultural heritage of the nation and welcoming the distinguished Chief Guest and honourable Governor of the Telangana, Dr. (smt) Tamilisai Soundararajan, graced the inauguration. Under the presence of the Nobel Laureate, Sir Richard John Roberts, Chief Scientific Officer, New England Biolabs, the event gained the intellectual aura. The Guests of Honour, Padma Shri. R.M. Vasagam, Former Vice – Chancellor, Anna University and Former Project Director, ISRO, felicitated the occasion. Shri. APJMJ. Sheik Dawood, Trustee, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation, was a part of this fascinating event.
The visionary and the renowned, Chief Guest, Dr. (Smt) Tamilisai Soundararajan, in her inaugural address presented a bird eye view of the present scenario of Agriculturists. The Governor specified in particular the impact of natural farming and threw light upon the plight of children and women suffering from malnutrition. Having said that, she underlined the challenges faced the farmers in production, storage and distribution of crops. Further, Her Excellency emphasized the initiatives of the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi for the progress of the farmers. She listed various schemes implemented to facilitate effective farming in India and to name a few, Soil Health Card Scheme, Farm Assessment Kit, Micro Irrigation Project and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. In addition, she asserted on the use of Neem coated Urea for better yield and mentioned how Sikkim has turned out to be the first state to execute organic farming at large. Dr.(smt). Tamilisai Soundararajan aptly said that “Agriculture is the culture of the country”. Referring to the words of the Prime Minister, “minimum water and maximum yield, the Governor, signposted the incorporation of technology into farming, thereby facilitating the farmers to have maximum yield”. In her concluding statement, she denoted the primordial mission of protecting the health of people and proclaimed that Sustainable agriculture would be a suitable practice to accomplish zero hunger. She appreciated IGEN and KPRIET team for initiating this series and choosing the apt topic for its first lecture ‘Sustainable Agriculture’.
Sir Roberts’s 1993 Noble Prize winner informed that the Nobel Laureates call for science honesty about GMOs was conceived in December, 2013 but was formally launched in 2016. He illustrated the distinction between conventional breeding and precision breeding, pointing out the transmission of GPS system from one car to another car as an instance. In the course of his explanation, he mentioned that it is the product that is important and not the method. He also pointed out that precision breeding has Agrobacterium with DNA to shoot new gene directly so as to reduce the time for new breed production.
Affirming that 2 million people die every year due to Vitamin A deficiency, he stressed on the production of Golden Rice as a solution for the same. In continuation with the benefits of GMOs, he elucidated the technique of overcoming the Xanthomanas wilt disease of banana through transferring the genes in Sweet pepper by precision technique. He also recorded various other crops such as Casava, eggplant and papaya that could offer better yield through GMO solutions. Remarking the advantages of GMOs, he advocated that civil society, Religious leaders, Rotary Clubs and media must play an active role in voicing out its vitality.
Two impressive ideas of Sir Roberts that drives a common man are food is a luxury and not a problem in developed countries and that there is need for more science in politics and less politics in science. Bearing in mind, the challenges of understanding the concept of GMOs, Sir Richards advised on offering scientific education to young children and a platform to express their understanding in public. On that note, he concluded that accomplishing zero hunger is never a fictional theory but a factual reality that could come true through GMOs.
In relation to the Nobel Laureate Lecture series, a total of 3 Pre-Virtual Panel discussions were conducted on said topic namely, ‘Sustainability of Natural Resources’, ‘Need for Sustainable Agriculture in Academics’ and ‘Sustainable Agriculture – Ground Reality and way forward’. In addition, International Online Competitions were also organised under four heads namely, Artistic Challenge for School Students; Talent Hunt for College Students; Creative Pitch Deck for Academicians, Industrialists and Professionals and Snap ‘n’ Share for General public. Out of the massive 2000 competitors, 12 winners were awarded with medals, shield and certificate duly signed by the Nobel Laureate and 15 of them were rewarded with medals and shields for their outstanding performance.
This momentous event came to a close with the concluding remarks of IGEN ambassador Dr. Ishrat Meera Mirzana. Further, Closing remarks were offered by Dr J.Balamurugan, Vice President IGEN and the vote of thanks was proposed by Er. Hudson Egbert, Secretary IGEN. Mr. D. Gokul, Organising Head, NLLS and Mr. Selvakumar, IGEN Member, acted as moderators for the quintessential event. Needless to say, the historical event proved to be an eye opener to the current young generation and undoubtedly IGEN has served its purpose of propagating the UN Sustainable Development goals across the globe.
Honourable Union Miniter Dr Mahendra Nath Pandy Ji participated webinar on Skill Development organized by APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation.
Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey Speech
Since 2015 Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation has been constantly working to fulfill the vision of Dr. Kalam. The foundation is working altruistically for the upliftment of the nation and has also made contributions for the welfare of people.
Honourable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi always emphasizes on the importance of Skill Development. Even at this unsmooth situation of the pandemic (Covid 19) Modiji has motivated the countrymen and the youth towards skill development.
Every youngster and student undoubtedly gets inspired by one name which is Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Dr. Kalam had dedicated his whole life encouraging people and to fill young minds with huge positivity. Today, on the advice of the Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is also working on this same Vision. Narendra Modiji is giving utmost importance to the talent of the youth.
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship was previously scattered in small divisions under various departments. Compliments to Modiji that he has created this department separately and as per new countings our skill level is reaching 8% from 7%. Today the highest population of youth in the world, 30-35 lives in India. Population of youth in India is very strong.
New Education Policy has focused on skilling along with schooling.
Adding the vision of your foundation to that of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India will work on the mission. That is how to make India capable, how to make India self sufficient, how to overcome the challenges India is facing currently, how to strengthen our credibility in the world through our innovations in the field of production. I would like to request the members of Abdul Kalam International Foundation to work for the progress of skill development all over the country through your institution.
To bring alive the true thoughts of the Nobel soul Dr. Abdul Kalam and to relive his illustrious life Dr.APJ.Abdul Kalam International Foundation has organized an INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM Contest for the youth. The poster of the INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM was successfully launched by Padma Bushan A.R.Rahman in his official Twitter page.
Budding talents would be encouraged to bring their best depiction of the various aspects of Dr. Kalam’s life, for which five themes have been provided for the contest .The young artists would project their innovative ideas along with a good narration. It would be a great tribute as well as a visual treat for the people of the country, who consider him as one of their source of inspiration. The contest is open to all above the age of 18 years. The duration of the short film would be 5 to 20 Minutes. Entries received will be judged by an eminent jury and the best 3 films would receive a cash reward. In addition, there will be other categories of Awards, Trophies and certificate to the winners. We look forward to your support to make this event a grand success.
He was staying in a hotel given by the government. He would leave the hotel every morning and go to the work site.
He used to come back to the hotel in the evening or at night. For his trip, the government provided him with a car and a driver. His name is Kathiresan.
At the age of nineteen, he joined the army as a soldier. Married the next year after joining the military. A son, a daughter. Quite a happy family. One day, a new order came. Task change order.
Enjoy the senior scientist and the driver should join the task immediately.
Too much work and too much rest. During the day, he was moving slowly, reading newspapers and reading books. One day, during a morning trip, the scientist asked.
Kathiresan, what have you studied?
Sir I am the one who failed in the tenth class. That too in English only,
Kathiresan’s mind suddenly creaked, though he was rushing with pleasure. Do you study English? Me?
Realizing Katherine’s reluctance, the scientist said.
I help, you study further and complete the 10th standard.
Soon both became teachers and students.
After work, in the evening work, he taught the basic grammar of English very simply.
In the same year, Kathiresan became a 10th class student. Then Scientist asked Kathiresan
Can you study +2?. He encouraged him . you can.
Kathiresan joined the +2 course as an individual examiner.
The scientist also accepted the cost of the study.
When the work is done and you return to the hotel in the evening, there will be a match every day.
The scientist should read the library texts and Kathiresan his textbooks. The one who reads the most is the winner.
The match went to Kathiresan.
Won +2 exam with 51.4 percent marks.
Small aim is a crime – small goal is equal to crime.
Scientist asked kathiresan after completing +2, can you study higher education?
Kathiresan was hesitant , finally agreed to go for degree education.
Scientist suggested him to study B.Sc., . Kathiresan’s wish was different. The two talked and came to a conclusion and chose undergraduate history through Postal education.
Whenever time allowed, he told the story of world history, and especially of the two world wars.
Kathiresan was amazed every day. Is he really a scientist or a historian? The suspicion continued to accumulate.
Success in undergraduate, with 51 percent marks. The scientist was amused.
Kathiresan’s family rejoiced. I have a master’s degree. The scientist was even more excited.
The scientist, who is only a bachelor, encouraged his driver to pursue a master’s degree.MA, Political Science.
Despite many obstacles, Kathiresan continued to study. Once upon a time, due to family circumstances, he had to miss a choice.
You have to go to Chennai to write the exam. Not enough time to travel.
The scientist looked. Without any hesitation, he arranged to fly to Chennai at his own expense.
Ten years later Mr.Kethiresan had completed BA, MA, B.Ed., M.Ed.,
The courses Katherine studied were much longer than the letters of her name.
At the end of the decade, the army recalled Kathiresan.
In 1992, she reluctantly parted ways with her guru.
He retired voluntarily in 1998 and returned to his hometown.
Even when he retired, the light of study, the light of study, which his teacher had lit in his heart, was still shining brightly.
Kathiresan enrolled for a doctorate at Sundaranagar University.
Dr. Kathiresan Today, he is an Assistant Professor at the Government Arts College, Tirunelveli.
Grew up as a driver, assistant professor.
Guys, do you know a high-ranking man, a driver who failed in the tenth grade, a driver who, unbeknownst to himself, hid, hid, hid his interest in education, race, curiosity, support, kept reading, and raised that noble soul?