Indian Chemical Engineering Congress (CHEMCON-2020) and the 73rd Annual Session of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) will be held at Bhubaneswar from 27th to 30th December 2020. The theme of the Conference "Optimal Utilization of Chemical and Mineral Resources", focuses on providing a forum for substantial discussion on the availability and utilization of mineral resources using the existing and emerging technologies. CHEMCON offers the most attractive platform, ensuring four days of intensive interface among the National and International experts in Chemical Engineering and allied fields. These interactions will help the delegates to constantly update and equip themselves so as to keep pace with the fast changing professional scenario. CHEMCON-2020 will feature host of events, which includes memorial lectures, plenary lectures, seminars, international symposium, panel discussions, exhibition, etc. It is a matter of great pleasure and privilege for us to invite you to participate in the deliberations of this unique program which will cover a wide range of topics of interest for the participants.
The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), founded on 18th May 1947, is an apex professional body of Chemical Engineers in the country and presently has around 25,000 corporate members on its roll. The activities of the Institute are spread across India through its 41 Regional Centres and 160 Student Chapters, with its Head Quarter located at the Jadavpur University Campus, Kolkata. The IIChE has been conducting the Associate Membership Examination since 1960 and publishing an esteemed quarterly Journal "The Indian Chemical Engineer" since 1959.
The centre, which started functioning from 12th September 1991 with just 25 members, is now having 140 members in its fold along with two active student chapters (CVRCE, Bhubaneswar and IGIT, Sarang). All the major industries and organisations such as CSIR-IMMT, Odisha State Pollution Control Board, IPICOL, NALCO, IOCL, IFFCO, etc. are the major contributors of distinguished membership to this centre. The track record of this centre within this period is indeed quite impressive with major events like CHEMCON-2003, CHEMINAR-93, ENERGYSHOP-94, BAUXAL-95, TECHSHOP-96, IIChE GOLDEN JUBLEE-98, INTERACTIVE GET-TOGETHER-99, CHEMINAR-2001, PCPIR-2014, Coal Gasification - 2014, Seminar on Non-Ferrous Mineral Industries-Growth and Challenges -2015, Odisha-Investors' Destination for Chemicals and Petrochemicals-2017, Centre's Silver Jubilee Celebration on 12th September 2017, Student Seminar on "Challenging Applications of Chemical Engineering (CAChE-2K19)", etc. organised by this Centre. These events have been huge success not only in unfolding possibilities in Odisha but also disseminating the profession of Chemical Engineering in the Eastern India. Besides organising Seminars, Workshops, Symposiums and Get-togethers, the Centre has been very active in conducting industrial visits and invited lectures by Eminent Professionals in the field.
CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (CSIR-IMMT) was established on 13th April 1964 as Regional Research Laboratory (RRL), Bhubaneswar in the eastern part of India under the aegis of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. It was renamed in 2007 as IMMT, with a renewed research focus and growth strategy to be a leader in the areas related to R&D of mineral & material resource engineering. The institute has expertise in conducting basic research as well as applied and technology oriented programs in a wide range of subjects to address the R&D areas of mining, mineral and metals industries for their sustainable development. For the last one decade, the main thrust of R&D at CSIR-IMMT has been to work for Indian industries by providing advanced, zero waste process know-how and consultancy services for commercial exploitation of mineral resources through the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) approach. Today, CSIR-IMMT is the first choice for many mineral based industries in providing technology. The CSIR-IMMT has been engaged in nation building ever since its inception with a mission to carry out industrial research, help industry to grow in terms of scale as well as new products, niche basic research, propagate research culture and societal work through Science & Technology intervention, skill development amongst youth and disseminate knowledge. CSIR-IMMT is consistently endeavouring with new goals and objectives, primarily related to sustainable way of mineral processing and extractive metallurgy, design and manufacturing of new functional materials and tackle environmental issues and engineering design related to above fields.
Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai started its Odisha Campus with total support of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) on 18th March 2018 at Bhubaneswar. ICT-IOC Bhubaneswar currently runs three programmes: Integrated M.Tech, Executive M.Tech and PhD focused on Chemical Engineering and Technology along with opening of new centre of excellence in research and innovation. Integrated M.Tech after 12th Standard (HSSC) of five years duration is a unique program consisting of 15 trimesters with alternate trimester in industry. Executive M.Tech program is geared at giving an exposure to process engineering along with training in research, innovation, industrial practices, regulations, sustainability and management to experienced professionals who want to continue to work without losing continuity in the work while pursuing a degree. ICT-IOCB envisions that the next big revolution, incorporating Internet of Things (IOT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Chemical Engineering practice will stem from the eastern region of India and march towards sustainable development.