The Navrachana University is hosting its 2nd National Conference on “Innovating for Development and Sustainability” on October 5-6 in Vadodara.

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The Conference has been visualized keeping in mind sustainable development issues identified by the United Nation’s adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030, and the use of Innovation as a dynamic tool for development. A total of hundred presentations will be made by participants from New Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Vallabh Vidyanagar and Vadodara. A critical angle to the deliberations will be offered by ‘student think’ in the form of poster presentation.

Participants will present the concepts and ideas they are working upon for sustainable alternatives and deliberate on the themes and sub-themes of the Conference, hopefully leading to the formation of a white paper for research and future use in academics.

In the Inaugural Function, a talk will be delivered by Dr. Vinod Rao IAS, Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara on  Innovative and Sustainable Initiatives for Vadodara: Smart City Mission.

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Sunil Shah, Chairman, Gujarat Innovation Society, whose address will focus on “Innovation and Individual”. The Keynote Address presented by Prof. H.C.Pradhan – President, Indian Association for Physics Teachers, Former, Senior Professor and Center Director, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) who will be speaking upon Innovations in Education for Sustainable Development Prof. Raghavan Rangarajan from Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, who will focus on Cosmology – The Story of Our Universe.

On Day Two, 6th October Kartikeya V. Sarabhai –Director, Center for Environment Education, Ahmadabad will be speaking on Sustainable Development

Dr. Ravikant Joshi – National Urban Livelihood Mission – Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Government of India, New Delhi will deliberate upon Financing Strategies for achieving Sustainable Development Goals of Smart Cities – Is Smart Cities Mission a right approach?

In addition, more than 10 eminent experts from various fields including architecture and design, business, science, governance, and industry will deliver talks on Nuclear Medicine, Social Innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Governance, Climate Change, Ground water contamination, Critical Thinking, Gender Roles towards an Inclusive Society, Sustainable Development in School Education, etc.

The National Conference will thus explore the different facets of development, sustainability andinnovation in interesting and exciting ways, structured around the sub-themes of Education, Science and Technology, Public Policy and Society, Cultural and Media,Economics and Business Management,and Environment and Design. There will be a simultaneous Exhibition at the Conference venue that will display information and products on models of sustainability. Poster presentations by university students will provide a glimpse of ‘student think’ on the theme.

On October 6th, the Valedictory Address will be delivered by Dr.Isher Judge Ahluwalia from The Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

The two day conference will attempt to provide a platform to deliberate upon various questions and solutions to the issues of sustainability.Conference is divided in several parallel sessions – participants have choice of selecting the speakers and session they wish to attend.

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