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AEROKRITI 2014 Summer School, May 20-28, 2014 

The department of Aerospace Engineering had recently organized the Annual Summer School “AEROKRITI 14” for B.Tech (ASE & ASE+AVE) first year students. It was held during the 20 to 28 of May 2014. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Kamal Bansal (Dean-CoES, UPES), Prof. S.C. Gupta (Associate Dean, UPES) and Dr. Om Prakash (HOD-Aerospace Engineering, UPES). The event was organized by Mr. Arun Jeyaprakash and other faculty members from the Aerospace Department of UPES.

The Workshop had various session including Expert Lectures by Senior Faculties, Fabrication of Aircraft Model, Air Show by the Students (flying the self-fabricated models), Various Competitive Events like Water Rocketry, Para Egger, Air-crash Investigation, Aero Quiz, Quad Rotor Flying, Chuck Glider, etc. The event was aimed to orient the students towards aviation industry for a better understanding of the prospects, challenges and career opportunities in the Aerospace domain. The valedictory session and prize distribution was led by Dr. D. K. Gupta (Head of Petroleum Engineering Department-COES, UPES).

Prof. Rangan Banerjee is the Forbes Marshall Chair Professor in the Department of Energy Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He visited our campus on the 26th and 27th of May 2014 to give a guest lecture on ‘New Areas in Renewable Energy’ and also conducted a Workshop on ‘Technology Assessment and Forecasting’ to a 40 member team. This was followed by the extensive analysis on the R&D platform of the university with a panel discussion on the way forward for the R&D Team @ UPES. 

Two Weeks ISTE Main Workshop on ‘Fluid Mechanics’, May 20 – 30, 2014

A two week ISTE workshop on ‘Fluid Mechanics’ was organized by Mr. Shyam Pandey and Mr. Shival Dubey from the Mechanical Engineering Department of UPES funded under the ‘National Mission on Education’ through ICT (MHRD, Govt. of India) during 20th -30th of May 2014. Our university was chosen to be one amongst the 229 Remote Centre's across India for conducting this workshop. There were a total of 34 participants and a special training on the ‘AVIEW software’ was given to them. Prof. Sankar Kumar Som, Prof. Suman Chakraborty and Prof. Sandipan Ghosh Moulic from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur were the distinguished faculty who delivered their talks and presented the hands-on sessions. The major areas of coverage were-

Fluid Mechanics, Fluid Statics, Fluid Kinematics, Dynamics of Various Flows Types, Transport Phenomena, Hydraulics, Dimensional Analysis, Reynolds Transport Theorem, Navier-Stokes Equations

Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Rajat Kathuria, 21 April 2014

Dr. Rajat Kathuria [Director and Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Ne

w Delhi] delivered a talk on “India’s Growth Story: Where are we headed” to the First Year MBA students and the faculty of CMES at the Vivekananda Auditorium in UPES under the organizing leadership of Dr. Prasoom Dwivedi (Head of Centre for Energy Economics Research, UPES). Sharing of expertise, Joint Bidding Projects, Summer Internships and Faculty Exchange Programs were amongst the few salient features of his discussions with the UPES Team.

Distinguished Lecture by Dr. B K Gairola, 28 July, 2014

R&D Department  and Computing Research Institute (CRI) - research centre,  organized the visit of Dr. B.K. Gairola, Mission Director (e-Governance), Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY)) and Member Secretary, National Innovation Council on 28th July, 2014.  Dr. Gairola  delivered a distinguished lecture on ‘ICT for masses, ICT indigenization and Research Opportunities available with e-Governance’ to the faculty members and students from the Computer Science Department of UPES.

First Distinguished Lecture on ‘Doing Science in India’, 26 March, 2015

UPES was proud to welcome Bharat Ratna Professor C.N.R Rao for delivering two distinguished lectures on the facets of Science. The lectures were planned during the 26th and 27th of March 2015. The event was started off with Traditional Lamp Lighting ceremony followed by the Saraswati Vandana.

UPES was proud to welcome Bharat Ratna Professor C.N.R Rao for delivering two distinguished lectures on the facets of Science. The lectures were planned during the 26th and 27th of March 2015. The event was started off with Traditional Lamp Lighting ceremony followed by the Saraswati Vandana.

Second Distinguished Lecture on ‘Celebration of Science’, 27 March, 2015

The second of his two lectures was aimed at motivating school students of Dehradun to enrich them with the idea of research and inventions. Dr. R Dobhal (Director General, UCOST) invited Professor Rao for delivering the talk. Dr. S K Gupta, Distinguished Professor (Chemical Engineering Department) introduced Professor C.N.R. Rao, FRS. This was followed by a splendid lecture on ‘Celebration of Science’ by Professor Rao.

Around 75 school students of the XI grade from Ann Mary and Doon School attended the lecture session and were enthralled by the inputs given by Professor Rao on the various discoveries and inventions by various eminent scientists of yester years. Dr. Shrihari Honwad, honourable Campus Director of UPES handed over the token of appreciation to Professor Rao for his motivation provided to everybody at UPES.


Distinguished Lectures of Padma Vibhushan Prof. Jayant Vishnu Narlikar and Dr. (Mrs.) Mangala Narlikar, 4-5 September, 2015

Padma Vibhushan Professor Jayant Vishnu Narlikar and Dr. (Mrs.) Mangala Narlikar visited UPES on the occasion of Teacher’s day for delivering two distinguished lectures to the faculty members, college students and school students (IX and X grades) from Shemford, Cambridge and Asian Schools.

The first lecture was delivered by Dr. (Mrs.) Mangala Narlikar on the 4th of September to the school students and it was well received by the majority. The lecture was an interactive one with puzzles being put forward by Dr. (Mrs.)Narlikar and solutions being given from the student’s side. A few students also came up with their own puzzles and got their solutions from her. The session was encouraging and motivational to the students as it was purely on the various riddles that math as such puts in our lives.

The Teacher’s day was celebrated with an intriguing lecture session by Prof. Narlikar on the state-of-the-art facilities being developed for finding out extra-terrestrial life. His talk was focused on the various technologies being employed to discover extra-terrestrial existence and the issues related to the time taken for communication owing to the distance between galaxies. He also spoke of the Indian missions to find out extra-terrestrial existence using cryo-pumps to extract air in the 41KM range from the earth’s surface which could be a possible repository of micro-organisms left by the tail end of comets traveling close to the earth. The audience were astonished by the discoveries of many bacteria’s from these missions. Many faculty and student members posed their questions and got them answered by Prof. Narlikar.

This session was followed by the honorship to Prof. Narlikar and Dr. (Mrs.) for their invaluable contribution to the world of science and mathematics respectively commemorated by Dr. S J Chopra and Dr. Shrihari.

Distinguished Lecture of Padma Bhushan Professor Dr. Kharag Singh Valdiya,14 October, 2015

Padma Bhushan Professor Dr. Kharag Singh Valdiya visited UPES during 14th to 15th of October, 2015 for delivering a distinguished lecture and to spearhead a field visit for the faculty members and students of the Petroleum Engineering and Earth Science Department of the university. The distinguished lecture on the topic ‘Evolution of Himalaya and Earthquakes’ was profusely appreciated by the faculty and students of the university. His talk was focused on the fundamental studies and research on the Himalayas. His talk served as a template and a guide for the researchers and students in need of an in-depth understanding of the Himalayas. He explained how to interpret the structural architecture of the entire Himalayas and what are the root causes of frequent earthquakes in the northern part of India. His talk also covered the findings of various fault lines in the Hindu-Kush region and as to how earthquakes are triggered by natural and man-made causes. The faculty and students put forward their intriguing questions and got them answered by Dr. K S Valdiya.