Srinagar: A week-long virtual workshop on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Solution for Optimum Utilization of Power and Energy began at the National Institute of Technology, (NIT) Srinagar on Monday, and inaugural session was attended by more than 150 participants from across the country.
The workshop was sponsored by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in collaboration with ATAL academy organized by the Department of Electrical Engineering, NIT Srinagar, while Prof. Aijaz Ahmad Zargar and Dr. Kushal M Jagtap are the coordinators of the workshop.
The inaugural session of the workshop was presided over by the Director, Prof.(Dr.) Rakesh Sehgal. He said there is a need to optimize energy at every level and Artificial Intelligence solutions for more innovations.
Prof. Sehgal said artificial intelligence can be applied to maximize the power generation whether it be a thermal, hydro, nuclear or non-conventional power sources like solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, etc.
Prof. Sehgal said applying AI can minimize transmission losses, power thefts and then take it to the consumer level for optimal use of energy. The consumption of energy is at its peak following the growing population, materialistic needs of human society, he said.
Director NIT also appreciated the EE department team led by Head of Department (HOD) Dr. Mohammad Abid Bazaz, Prof. Aijaz Ahmad Zargar, and Dr. Kushal M Jagtap for organizing a number of courses. He said such courses will continue to be organized in future also and the department is expanding its activities with each passing day.
"In future NIT Srinagar can collaborate with other institutions so that we can gain from each other's experience. We can have a mutual understanding of learning on different technical aspects," he said.
Registrar NIT, Prof. Kaiser Bukhari also appreciated the EE department for conducting workshops on relevant themes. He said these sessions are the need of the hour and will explore more in-depth knowledge to the participants.
On the occasion, HOD Electronics Engineering Department, Dr. Mohammad Abid Bazaz said the objective of this workshop is to enhance the knowledge of AI-based programming tools to achieve the optimum solution for multi-dimensional problems in the power grids, globally.
Dr. Bazaz said the five-day-long workshop will add more knowledge to all the participants as we have invited resource persons from IIT's, NIT's and PSU's for the same.
During the inaugural session, Dr. Shekhar Kelapure, Consultant and Energy auditor said everywhere there are challenges but we need to resolve them with technology and innovations.
The week-long workshop is moderated and hosted by Dr. Kushal M Jagtap from the Department of Electrical Engineering. The technical sessions on Monday were hosted by Dr. Shekhar Kelapure, Consultant and Energy auditor, and Dr. Ankush Sharma, EED, Assoc. Prof. IIT Kanpur and Dr. Dheeraj Khatod, EED, Assoc. Prof. IIT Roorkee.