Universal Group of Institutes, Lalru, organised a national seminar on renewable energy sources on Wednesday.It was held in association with Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar,Punjab Energy Development Agency, Chandigarh.
During the inaugural session, Ramesh Dogra, principal, Universal College of Arts, Science and Commerce, said energy was essential for development of any country and resources from fossil fuel were unsustainable and responsible for global warming.
Dr (Brig) RS Grewal, former V-C, Chitkara University, discussed the use of renewable energy sources to fulfil the energy needs of the country. Guest of honour SK Sharma, professor emeritus, Panjab University, Chandigarh, said life of commercial energy sources like oil, coal and gas was 20, 90 and 40 years respectively at the present rate of consumption, which was 10 times less than developed countries. Nearly 400 million people in India did not have access to electricity, and 80% population in rural areas used biomass to meet their cooking needs, he added.