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Week-long FDP on opportunity, challenges for electric vehicles in automotive begins at NIT Srinagar

"It will discuss various aspects, challenges of EVs and will try to find out tangible solutions": Prof. Sehgal

SRINAGAR: A week-long Faculty Development Program (FDP) on opportunity and challenges for electric vehicles in automotive started on Monday at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar.

The FDP is being sponsored by India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy, AICTE New Delhi. The inaugural session was attended by more than 200 participants from across the country.

The inaugural session of the FDP was presided over by Director NIT Srinagar, Dr. Prof. Rakesh Sehgal, while Prof. C S Shankar Ram, Department of Engineering Design, IIT Madras was the guest of honor.

Dr. Harveer Singh Pali Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering is the coordinator, while Dr. Mohammad Mursaleen, Dr. Mohammad Mohsin Khan from the ME department and Dr. Neeraj Gupta Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering are the co-coordinator(s), while Dr. Shabir Ahmad Sofi is the Technical Advisor and Institute Coordinator, ATAL.

On the occasion, Prof. Sehgal said the theme of FDP is interesting as a topic is more relevant in the present scenario when fuel prices are increasing. Although there are multiple challenges to electric vehicles including charging stations, lack of proper infrastructure, he said.

"In many places across India, local governments had launched electric vehicles for public transportation. It requires a huge chunk of batteries but the question is what will happen when these batteries become redundant, how to recycle or dispose of them, which is a major challenge," Director NIT said.

Prof Sehgal said now the technology is so advanced, we can think of anything and then we can even produce that or use it for any purpose. We have very efficient batteries and now we have maintenance-free batteries for our cost, which will come for 3-4 years, we don't need to do anything except checking water level, he said.

"I hope this FDP will discuss various aspects, challenges and will try to find out some tangible solutions. Then these solutions can be shared with industries," Prof.Sehgal said.

Director NIT Srinagar also appreciated the ME department team led by Head of Department (HOD) Prof. Sheikh Nazir Ahmad and other organizers for taking the lead in conducting training sessions for the faculty.

In his message, Registrar NIT, Prof. Kaiser Bukhari also appreciated the ME department for conducting FDP on a relevant topic. He said these sessions are the need of the hour and will explore more in-depth knowledge to the participants.

While expert talk on vehicle dynamics perspective on electric and hybrid electric vehicle powertrain was delivered by Prof. C S Shankar Ram, Department of Engineering Design, IIT Madras, Chennai who was the guest of honor during the inaugural session.

FDP Patron and HoD, ME Department, Prof. Nazir Ahmad Sheikh said electrical vehicle (EV) is a prominent solution of fuel crises and environmental pollution for the global transportation sector.

He said therefore the only option currently was to go for electrically powered vehicles and there is a huge source of energy available in the form of nuclear technology.

Prof. Sheikh said from nuclear technology we are going to run with the grace of God thousands of years in future and if we are able to trap this energy in terms of batteries. Then use this energy for locomotives and automotive it is going to solve the problems of mankind, he said.

Earlier, Dr. Harveer Singh Pali welcomed the resource persons and participants in the week-long FDP. This Programme is designed to provide state-of-the-art trends and advancements in Electric vehicles, he said.

" During the FTP, the participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of Electric Vehicles, components such as batteries, drives, and controllers used in of Electric Vehicles and develop an understanding of how to use optimization techniques to improve the features of EVs.," Dr.Pali said.

In the second session, the inauguration of 63 ATAL online FDP was hosted by Chairman, AICTE, Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, who was the guest of honor, followed by key address of Jaswinder S Ahuja, Chief Guest, Vice-president and MD Cadence Design System India Ltd.

It was followed by another session by Dr. T. K. Bera, NIT Durgapur on Research Opportunities in Electric Vehicle Technology, while Dr, Neeraj Gupta, NIT Srinagar also delivered his topic on Recent EV Technologies.

On Tuesday, Prof. B K Panigrahi from IIT Delhi will speak on electric vehicle & its charging infrastructure, Dr. Ftwi Yohaness Hagos, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman will deliver his topic on Battery thermal management and Er. Rakesh Tyagi, Avl India Private Limited will speak on Testing of battery, Emptor, and inverters.

On Wednesday Prof. Navneet Arora from IIT Roorkee will deliver a lecture on Motivational Talk: Manage your strengths, Dr. Aashish Bohre, NIT Durgapur will speak on Electric Motor technology for EV/HEV and Dr. Dhinesh Balasubramanian, Khon Kean University, Thailand will deliver his lecture about Introduction to Hybrid Vehicle.

On Thursday, Dr. A V Ravi Teja, IIT Ropar will host a session on Motor selection and its control for Electric Vehicles. It will be followed by Prof. Naveen Kumar, DTU Delhi lecture on Biofuels for EV Application: Status and opportunity for India. While Er. Avinash Kumar Singh Founder & CEO of DIYguru will host a lecture on Future Opportunities in EVs.

On a concluding day, Dr. Gaurav Kumar, IIIT Bhagalpur will host the first session on Types of EV, HEV, and switch Reluctance Motor. Dr. Arun Kumar, MNIT Jaipur will speak on EV Charging infrastructure development and it will be followed by a quiz and valedictory function.

The vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Harveer Singh Pali and thanked all distinguished speakers, resource persons, and students for making the event successful. Dr. Pali also appreciated the role of student organizers including Ashish Kumar Singh, Ph.D. Scholar, MED, Akash Kumar Dwivedi, Ph.D. Scholar, MED, and Ashique Lone, Ph.D. Scholar, EED.

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