On 16th November, 2022, a national event on North East Sustainable and Inclusive Development (NESID)-2022 was held at The Assam Kaziranga University. The participation of personalities like Prof. S Ayyapppan, Former DG, ICAR, Prof. Mohan Kumar, Vice Chancellor Arunachal University of Studies, Dr. G N Sastry, Director, NEIST, Dr. P. K. Mishra, Vice Chancellor KU, Dr. Prashant Goswami, Chairman IFSA, brought rare depth to the NESID-22. The NESID-22 event brought together several distinguished personalities: Dr. EVSP Rao (Former Head, CSIR-CIMAP, Bangalore), Dr. Rupam Kataki (Dept. of Energy, Tezpur University), Dr Jatin Kalita (CSIR NEIST, Jorhat), Dr. Rakesh Kumar (CSIR IHBT, Palampur), Dr. Rajeshwar Shantayya Matche (CSIR-CFTRI, Mysuru), Dr. Dhurbajyoti Bhuyan (Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh), Dr. R C Borah (KU), Dr. Nabajyoti Saikia (KU), Dr. Darpa Saurav Jyethi (ISI, North-East Center, Tezpur), Prof. Shikhar Kr. Sarma (Gauhati University), Dr. V S Prakash (Former Director, KSNDMC, Bangalore), Dr. Manoj Kr. Phukan (CSIR NEIST, Jorhat), Dr. Rahul Mahanta (Cotton University), Dr. Pankaj Kalita (Department of Energy, IIT Guwahati), Dr. Swapnali Hazarika (CSIR NEIST, Jorhat), Dr. Prem Prakash Mishra (Department of Mathematics, NIT, Nagaland).
While the United Nation’s 2030-agenda provides a broad framework for achieving global sustainable development, sustainable and inclusive development need to be addressed at local levels, with unique local challenges and aspirations, which is particularly true for North-East. NESID-22 is a continuation of the NESID series launched in 2017, to highlight North-East as a hotspot for the convergence of sustainable development with women empowerment and skill building, with emphasis on food, energy and inclusive health. The themes of NESID were: Sustainable Development: A Regional Perspective, S&T Inputs, Solutions and Technology Adaptation, Sustainable Development: Climate and Disaster Resilience, Policies for Inclusive Development. The key issues deliberated were followed by Plenary, Synthesis and Recommendations.
The Industry-Academic Energy Conclave: IAEC-22, held on 17th November 2022 during NESID-22, brought together a unique congregation of some of the industry, academic, thought leaders and stakeholders. Participation of personalities like Shri Bhaskar Jyoti Phukan, Managing Director, Numaligarh Refinary Limited, as the Chief Guest, Dr. P. K. Mishra, Vice Chancellor KU, and Dr. Prashant Goswami, Chairman IFSA, brought in rare depth of analysis to the theme of ALIST-22. The primary objective of the event was to create an implementable, technology-enabled roadmap for low-carbon, sustainable and inclusive development trajectory for North-East. The distinguished panelists were Dr. Rupam Kataki (Dept. of Energy, Tezpur University), Prof Utpal Bora (IIT Guwahati), Dr Ashutosh Namdeo (CSIR NEIST), and Dr Lakshi Saikia (CSIR NEIST).
The technical and scholarly aspects of NESID-22 were supervised by a National Organizing Committee (NOC), chaired by Dr. Prashant Goswami, Chairman, Institute of Frontier Science and Application (IFSA) and co-chaired by Dr. P. K. Mishra, Vice Chancellor, KU.
NESID-22 also created some unique opportunities for students and faculty of Kaziranga University and other local organizations. A large number of students and faculty participated through poster presentations and took part in question-answer sessions with the lead/keynote/invited speakers.
In the welcome address, Dr P K Mishra, Co-Chairman, National Organizing Committee and VC of Assam Kaziranga University, emphasised on the importance of education and the need to strengthen the role of the private universities in the field of education to bring sustainable and inclusive development in the north-eastern region. Dr P Goswami, Chairman, National Organizing Committee and Chairman, IFSA shared the insights on creating the roadmap for building a sustainable and inclusive north-east & how science and technology would play a key role in achieving the sustainable developmental goals. The Guest of Honour for the conference Dr G N Sastry, Director, CSIR-NEIST, highlighted the role of CSIR-NEIST in developing poultry culture, fisheries with a focus on local variety, meat Industry among many others. Prof B Mohan Kumar, Vice Chancellor Arunachal University discussed the importance of creating green reserve in bringing sustainable & inclusive development in Northeast, and emphasised the importance of education and health care facilities in Arunachal Pradesh. The Chief guest of the conference, Dr. S. Ayyapppan, Former DG, ICAR, an Aquaculture scientist and Secretary to the Department of Agriculture research and education, presented that the earlier idea of entrepreneurship which consisted of land, labour and capital has now been extended to resources, infrastructure, policies, human resources and the market. Dr. S. Ayyapppan highlighted the term ‘agripreneur’ and its scope of encouraging a sense of entrepreneurship among the youth. The way forward according to him is focusing not only on primary agriculture but also on secondary agriculture and its further diversification through dairy farming, fisheries, agro forestry, agro tourism etc.
In the lead talk on “Digital Agriculture for Sustainable and Inclusive Development in NE India”, Dr. EVSP Rao, CSIR-Fourth Paradigm Institute, Bengaluru, emphasized that comprehensive and rapid technology interventions in agriculture could propel sustainable and inclusive development of the region. Smart agriculture systems using AI and ML are showing remarkable growth potential.
In the invited talk on “Waste management: Approaches and attitudes matter the most”, Dr Rupam Kakati, Tezpur University, discussed key points about the global scenario of solid waste management, current practices on waste management, waste prevention or minimization, waste utilization, etc.
In the invited talk on “Edible Insects: Innovative Foods, Feeds to Therapeutics for Socio-Economic Development in North East India”, Dr. Jatin Kalita, Research Planning and Business Development Division; CSIR NEIST, presented the nutritional and medicinal potential of edible insects, which are traditionally consume as food, and use against several health ailment by the local communities of the North Eastern states of India
In the invited talk on “Food Technology - Value addition and Technology transfer in Food product in promoting technologies”, Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Senior Principal Scientist& Professor, AcSIR, Agrotechnology Division, CSIR-lnstitute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, discussed about efficient agrotechnological interventions for improving livelihood security and agricultural productivity in the north eastern region of India.
In the welcome address of Industry-Academic Energy Conclave: IAEC-22, held on 17th November 2022 during NESID-22, Dr P K Mishra, Co-Chairman, National Organizing Committee and VC of Assam Kaziranga University, introduced purpose of the conclave to all the delegates and participants. Dr P Goswami, Chairman, National Organizing Committee and Chairman, IFSA, stressed upon the fact that renewal energy is critical to sustainable low carbon economy and activities can be incorporated through adoption of S&T. Shri Bhaskar Jyoti Phukan, Managing Director, Numaligarh Refinary Limited highlighted the alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint, such as, green hydrogen, fuel cell electric vehicles, and bamboo as raw material for production of ethanol for blending with gasoline. Shri Bhaskar Jyoti Phukan, also highlighted the use of solar panels in tea gardens replacing shade trees or in combination for green energy. Dr Ashutosh Namdeo (CSIR NEIST) reiterated that dependency on any one type of solution for our energy requirements can be detrimental and going ahead with a solar and gas based economy is sustainable. Dr Lakshi Saikia (CSIR NEIST) emphasized low-carbon footprint as the need of the hour. Prof Utpal Bora (IIT Guwahati), discussed alternatives such as bamboo and bio-charcoal.
NESID-22 is jointly organized by The Assam Kaziranga University and The Institute of Frontier Science and Application (IFSA), an organization under Science for Inclusive Development Trust (SIID).
The poster prizes are awarded to the following participants:
Poster 1st Prize:
SARS-CoV-2: Wastewater based epidemiology (Spatiotemporal) as an early warning detection system
Gayatri Gogoi, Rashmi Rani Boro, Subhahsree Lahon, Emon Kalyan, Pankaj Bharali
Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Ghaziabad-201002, India
Center for Infectious Diseases, Biological Sciences and Technology Division, CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat, Assam, India
Poster 2nd Prize:
GNSS permanent stations for hydrological applications
Jagat Dwipendra Ray
Department of Physics, The Assam Kaziranga University, Jorhat 785006, Assam, India
Poster 3rd Prize:
Cellulose nanocrystal based mixed matrix membrane for separation of CO2/N2
Prathana Bora, Swapnali Hazarika
Chemical Engineering Group, Center for Petroleum Research, Engineering Sciences & Technology Division, CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat, Assam, India
Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Ghaziabad-201002, India