In a significant development, Japan’s leading research body, Society of Separation Process Engineers of Japan (SSPEJ), has offered exchange of research data and technology with India.
The offer was made by chairman of HyChemTechno Technology Office and former president of SSPEJ Hiroshi Yagi during the Indo-Japanese symposium at Panjab University (PU) on Sunday.
The symposium was organised by Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) on the central theme of the conference ‘Separation technology for green environment’ at the ongoing 67th Annual Session of the Chemical Engineering Congress (CHEMCON).
Yagi called for future collaboration between India and Japan and invited IIChE to the International Conference on Separation Science and Technology (ICSST).
Madan Mohan Mittal, minister of industry and commerce, Punjab, inaugurated the symposium.
He described Japan as India’s friend and referred to Prime Minister Narendera Modi’s recent visit to Japan.
He urged scientists to contribute towards the ‘Make in India’ campaign and skill development of youth in the country.
Distinguished speaker Prof Izumi Hirasawa spoke on the topic ‘Recovery of substance from wastewater by using crystallization’.
Deepak Group’s Padma Bhushan Prof LK Doraiswamy CDS Award was presented to Prof Kastumi Tochigi, emeritus professor of Nihon University, Japan, who spoke on the topic ‘Prediction of density and viscocity using polynomial expansion equation, genetic algorithm and antoine constants’.
The last CDS award of the day was awarded to Ravinder Sierra Eng.
He enlightened the audience by speaking on the topic ‘An overview of upstream production techniques used to develop oil sands in Canada’.
Technical sessions on sub-themes, including green chemistry engineering and technology, environmental science and engineering, chemical industries, bio-based technology and food technology and security, were also conducted during the day.
The second day of CHEMCON ended with a cultural performance based on ‘Vibrant Punjab’ by students of Dr SSB University Institute of Chemical and Engineering Technology (UICET) in collaboration with North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala.