The 84th commemoration Day function of Rao Bahadur D. Laxminarayan was held today the 30th September 2014 at Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur. The function was presided over by the Hon’ble Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Vinayak Deshpande and Dr. Mukund G. Gharpure – CEO Yajna Fuels Pvt. Ltd. Thane and an alumnus of 1978 batch of LIT was the chief guest. Dr. Ashok Gomashe – Registrar of the University and Dr. M.K.N. Yenkie – Director LIT shared the dais. Smt. Kumudtai Kamtikar and Shri Anantrao Kamtikar the family members of Rao bahadur D. Laxminarayan were prominently present along with a host of other guests and invitees. The program commenced at 9 am by paying floral tributes to the divine donor Rao Bahadur D. Laxminarayan whose munificent donation of 35 lakhs in 1930 established Laxminarayan Institute of Technology.
Thereafter the proceedings of the commemoration day function were conducted at Gurunanak Bhavan of the University at 9.30 am. The students of LIT sang the University song, Vidyan geet penned by Late Prof. S. Warnekar and Laxminarayan Geet written by Late Prof. V. Warhadpande. Dr. M.K.N. Yenkie in his inaugural and welcome address gave brief history of the institute and plans for the future growth of the institute in the light of changing facets of engineering education all over the world.
Chief Guest of the function Dr. M.G. Gharpure expressed his gratitude to Rao Bahadur D. Laxminarayan for his magnificent donation to the tune of Rs. 35 Lakhs in the year 1930 for the cause of technical education in this region; he opined that it is not only the amount that counts but the purpose and vision is of greatest order. He stressed that each and every students is indebted to the nation and the society as it the tax payers money which is used for their education and hence they must attend to social issues like power deficiency, environmental concern etc. He reiterated the sentences for Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj’s University song that the youths should be Industrious with high moral values. He has elaborated various good works done by Chemical Engineers in the field of pollution control, process development such as production of polymers and so on. He appealed to the students to stay away from any kind of addiction.
During his presidential speech Dr. Vinayak Deshpande said that LIT is the prestigious Institute of University. He insisted that Grass Root Innovation system should be devised. He has expressed the need to develop the technology for strenuous and laborious works like rice transplantation, tea leaf plucking etc. done mainly by women folk. He stressed that the development should be for the people, of the people and by the people. He appealed to the students to be creative to develop the technology for masses. Aspirations cannot be fulfilled without innovation. He explained about the bottom of pyramid approach to enhance the standard of living. He has narrated the innovative idea given by the student from Latur to introduce the Black Box in cars and other transport vehicles, to convert the Scooter engine to run a floor mill for small applications. Dr. Ashok Gomashe , Registrar Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University was prominently present on the dais. The Ex Directors of LIT Dr. Nageshwar , Dr. Natrajan and retired faculty members were also present on this occasion.
After The program a special technical lecture was delivered by Dr. Gharpure on the topic “War Room -No Crude Situation – Roll of Chemical Engineers” in which he highlighted the use of solid fuel coal as source of energy in the form of water gas, source for ammonia and other aromatics manufacture. In case of non availability of crude oil due to the ongoing situation around the gulf the Chemical engineers will have to play a big role. He explained that handling of solids is more challenging than fluids. Indians will need to work more on it as no outside help is available. The existing costs for production of 2, 50,000 kcal energy from Coal is Rs. 281, as compared to that from Biomass – Rs. 390, from Natural gas – Rs. 600 and from Crude Oil Rs. 1319, tilting the balance in favour of coal in the absence of crude oil. Therefore he highlighted that the coal to energy conversion is beneficial cost wise and chemical engineers should work of developing appropriate and environmental friendly technology.
Prof. S.P. Ghisad proposed Vote of thanks. He thanked the press & media for giving due publicity to this program.
The anchoring was done beautifully by Ms. Divya Pande and Mr. Abhishek Bangadkar. All the Faculty members and students volunteers have worked hard to make this program successful.