Technomillennium 2009: A national level technical symposium (TM2K09)

Venue: Main Auditorium

Location: Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

Event Date/Time: Sep 15, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 17, 2009
Registration Date: Aug 31, 2009
Early Registration Date: Aug 01, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Aug 01, 2009
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Conference Theme Perspectives:

The necessity of harnessing science and technology for transforming rural India has long been recognized. Though the importance of science and technology for rural India was appreciated in the 1930s by Gandhi M. K., the Father of our Nation giving rise to the work of the Centre for Science for Villages, advanced institutions of education, science and technology turned their attention to this area only in the 1970s. The most well-known of these efforts was from the Indian Institute of Science with its program for the application of science and technology to rural areas known by its acronym ASTRA. ASTRA (recently renamed as Centre for Sustainable Technologies) was based on a model of science–technology interactions in a ‘dual society’ like India with small affluent elite amidst a large economically deprived majority living primarily in rural areas.

The Indian society is predominantly a rural society. Out of a total population of one billion, nearly 75% live in 567,000 villages. Again, 73% out of this rural population live in villages with a population of less than 1,000. The rural areas are characterized by limited land, poor infrastructure, such as irrigation, roads, communication systems, inadequate health, sanitation, drinking water facilities, high rate of illiteracy, and poverty. The government of India is spending enormous amounts through its Five-year plans on developmental activities. However, the recent ‘India Rural Development Report, published by the National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad, India, (NIRD), indicates that 30 to 38% of the rural people (over 300 million) live below the poverty line.

Well the statistics are quite alarming and we all belonging to the fraternity of science and technology need to devote a special attention to this fact. As noted by an economist Zijp economic poverty stems partly from information poverty, since development requires strengthening the infrastructure for harnessing physical resources, cultivating intellectual and creative resources like those that build human capital. The impact of inadequate information affects the entire rural development sector. Government agencies lack information needed for the efficient distribution of agricultural products, for ensuring food security, for providing warning and protection against natural calamities such as flood and famine, and for managing natural resources. Development is about information and knowledge, how to organize society to perform productive activities, and how to create an environment that is friendly to investment. Timely access to information is a crucial ingredient for the success of any development effort. Thus, development has to be a knowledge-based process.

In the field of rural development, a number of institutions and organizations are trying to grapple with development oriented projects. It is necessary to pool together the nation-wide information resources to improve access and utilization of available information at various levels. In this context, National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, is the apex research and training organization in rural development in India. Since its inception in 1985, it has been working as a think tank for the Government of India, in policy formulations, modifications, monitoring and evaluation, through its research and consultancy programs.

Realizing the importance of information, NIRD is attempting to coordinate the efforts of different organizations in the country to fulfill the information needs of various participants in development, mainly researchers, trainers and policy makers and planners of rural development programs and projects. Thus in this context, this National paper presentation competition “Technomillennium 2009” at MIT Aurangabad is aimed at integration of the efforts in information generation and dissemination and to cater to the information needs of the varied groups dispersed at various levels nationally, regionally and locally. To this end, it is hoped that this challenge of bringing together institutions and individuals using the various diverse technologies be viewed as an opportunity to respond effectively to the demands of the rural development sector.

Looking into this the theme for this conference titled as Technomillennium 2009 has been finalized as: Human – Technology Interaction, Interface and Usability – Focus on Rural Development in India.

The developments taking place in the Science and Technology are quite amazing ever since they started to happen for the first time. Admirably, majority of these developments have been used by the human race for a constructive cause. The complete change from a desert to lush green horizon like Dubai or conceiving of floating cities in the oceans are unbelievable achievements of remarkable technical developments in the history of mankind and its civilization.

It is very easy and appealing for anybody to portray such marvels on an international, urbanized canvass but always it is very difficult to feel even a glimpse of such a towering technical excellence when considered in a remote rural, tribal part of any country in general and a developing country like India in particular. Considering this on three different levels i.e. Interaction, Interface and Usability, the theme for this year’s Technomillennium, has been decided.


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G. S. Mandal’s Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Aurangabad Presents TECHNOMILLENNIUM 2009 Theme Human – Technology Interaction, Interface and Usability – Focus on Rural Development in India Prizes for students Paper presentations in each Discipline First Prize : Worth Rs. 5000/- Second Prize : Worth Rs. 2000/- Third Prize : Worth Rs. 1500/- The detail information regarding food, accommodation and transportation facility provided during the event is available at our website Contact: Convener Technomillennium 2009, MIT, Off Beed Byepass, Satara Village Road, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India, 431 028. Ph: +91 240 2376011, +91 94 21687457, Fax: +91 240 2376154 E-mail:, URL: Target dates Last date for receipt of abstract: 1st August, 2009 Confirmation of selection: 10th August 2009 Discipline wise Sub-Themes for Paper Presentation Agricultural and Environmental Science Engineering:  Role of power availability in rural development  Insurance and risk minimization in rural development  Viable strategies for economical balancing of rural and urban communities  Socio-economic development through livestock  Rural development through the public biogas plants Civil Engineering:  Low cost housing with the use of locally available resources and serving the basic purpose of dwelling, security and durability  Rural sanitation – for example, an effective drainage system for rural areas: a case study  Effective water application methods used for irrigation  Participatory management and control on irrigation practices Recycling of domestic as well as farmland wastes in rural Computer Science and Engineering:  Role of IT in an agricultural development  Networking technology in rural area (Agriculture earth station)  IT and health services to rural area  Computer awareness and its application for education in rural area Speech recognition for language learning Electrical, Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering:  Role of embedded system in agricultural equipments  Automation for farm development and role of instrumentation in water distribution and drainage systems  Power generation techniques by waste in rural areas  Real time process control for farms  Agro-electronic infrastructure developments issues and challenges Mechanical Engineering:  Creativity and innovation in farm equipment designs  Energy alternatives for rural sector  Mechanical engineering –“Bridging urban and rural”  Energy efficient machines for rural development Chemical, Plastics and Polymer Engineering:  Poly Looms – Innovation in plastic recycling technology  Development in HDPE piper for municipal and rural water supply systems  Use of waste plastics in road pavements  Energy extraction for plastic  Rubber dams – A successful method of water conservation Architecture:  Impact of IT on Architectural Education  Digital Architecture  Computer Aided Architectural Design Process  Geosynthetics  IT and Modern Buildings Note that, the topics other than above mentioned area (relating to core theme of Symposium) will be considered based on recommendations from review committee. For example,  The role of technology in poverty reduction  Online GIS based tool for effective water quality monitoring and intervention for rural India  Model study of small village utilizing technology