25-APR-2015: With a background of growing energy needs in the country, Aligarh Muslim University's Department of Petroleum Studies, kick started its 'National Conference on Hydro Carbon Energy and Environment' (HEECON 2015).
Addressing a lecture theatre full of students, scholars, researchers, scientists and academicians at AMU's Department of Petroleum Studies, the Chief Guest of the function, Dr Anurag Gupta, Former Executive Director, Indian Oil Corportion Limited (R&D) centre urged students to do their best in increasing energy production of the country.
Pointing out to the need of alternatives to sustainable and renewable sources of energy, Dr Gupta said that the success of our country depends on the amount of energy we use and this is high time for young scientists and scholars to start working on developing alternatives sources of energy. In a message to AMU students, Dr Gupta said that this is the best time to learn and contribute not only to the Nation but also to the International Community.
The Chairman, Department of Petroleum Studies, Professor Mohd Kamil threw light on the demand to have cleaner fuels while stating that Petroleum is the hub of Industrial revolution. "It is necessary to have cleaner fuels for sustainable development of the society so that environment can be preserved for future," said Prof Kamil.
Talking about unconventional oil resources, Prof Kamil pointed out that soon aircrafts will be flying on bio-fuels. He further said that since India is becoming one of the largest markets of energy and with it questions on energy security are raised in the Nation.
While reminiscing initial days of the Department, the founder Chairman of AMU's Department of Petroleum Studies and Chemical Engineering, Prof S S Alam stated that he feels proud to notice on how far in excellence, the Department of Petroleum Studies has moved.
He further said that whenever there is a discussion on hydrocarbons, we end up talking about the whole world. "All issues and development related to hydrocarbons are natural to get linked with the whole world," he said.
Prof Alam added, "since the environment is badly polluted, we need to be very careful in using and working on energy."
"At the same time, we have to understand that the use of energy is a measure of Country's Development," said Prof Prof Alam.
Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Prof Mohibullah urged students to work for cleaner environment. He said, "It is important to do things practically and bring changes besides writing papers and participating in discussions."
Prof Mohibullah added that it makes us proud that students of the Department of Petroleum Studies have written more than 50 papers for this Conference. "While congratulating the students for their hard work for writing these papers, I want to urge them to work harder for cleaning environment and generating more energy," said Prof Mohibullah.
While conducting the program, Dr Ashraf Mateen pointed out that Industry plays a dominant role in India's economy and our concern for energy security is paramount. "Our country is projected to be world's third largest consumer market. According o the International energy outlook, the world liquid fuels consumption is expected to increase from about 90 mbbs/day to 120 mbbs/day in 2040," said Dr Mateen.
He pointed out that we need to focus on finding new oil and gas reserves, including unconventional oil and gas sources for energy security to meet the domestic demand. He also pointed out that India's per capita energy consumption is 510 kg compared to USA, which consumes 7778 kg while the average is close to 1818 kg.
Stating that it is high time to increase the energy production, Dr Mateen said that since India's primary energy consumption is already 524 MMTOE. "India's primary consumption makes us the third largest consumer and the demand of more energy production is increasing," said Dr Mateen.
While delivering the vote of thanks to the speakers, the Secretary of the Organizing Committee, Dr Najam Sardar confirmed that the conference will cover areas related to petroleum, energy and environment through lectures, research papers and constructive dialogues.
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Guests present at the National Conference at Department of Petroleum Studies