Chandigarh, March 3, 2018: The 124th Birth Anniversary of Dr Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar was celebrated at Dr Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University Chandigarh by organizing a Scientific Symposium. Prof MM Sharma Eminent Professor of Chemical Engineering at Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai delivered The Annual SSBUICET Oration on this occasion .Prof Arun K Grover, The Vice Chancellor Panjab University Chandigarh along with Prof MM Sharma and other distinguished personalities paid rich tributes to Dr.Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar who was instrumental in laying the foundation of Chemical Industries in Independent India.
The Vice Chancellor Prof Arun K Grover welcomed and introduced the eminent personality and paid a befitting tribute to Prof Sharma by saying that he is the ‘Living Bhatnagar’. He mentioned that Prof Sharma, five years back in 2013 was invited during the rechristening of Chemical Engineering Institute in name of Dr Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar.
Prof M M Sharma traced the History of Chemical Innovation since the early 1850s to current Innovations and emphasized the utility of Chemical Industries in daily life. He talked extensively about milestones in Chemical Engineering like the development of Solvay process, the Leblanc process, the contribution of Carothers in inventing neoprene and Nylon and many other major achievements of Chemists. Prof Sharma encouraged young chemical engineers to work passionately for industry related problems apart from focusing on their academic and scientific endeavors. Further he had a one to one discussion with undergraduate and Post Graduate students of the department and motivated them to make significant contributions. Later Young faculty members of the Institute presented highlights of their research work in presence of Prof M M Sharma who provided valuable suggestions for their research work. Prof Sharma lauded the efforts of Dr SSB UICET in promoting Chemical Engineering research and academics in this region. He reinforced that established as Department of Chemical Engineering in 1958 this Institute has made immense contributions to the field of Chemical Engineering and allied areas
Prof Sanchita Chauhan, Chairperson of Dr.SSBUICET welcomed all the guests and highlighted the outstanding contributions made by distinguished and eminent personalities like Dr SS Bhatnagar and Prof MM Sharma in the field of Chemical Engineering. Prof. Anupama Sharma proposed the vote of thanks. The faculty members of SSBUICET, students of the University participated in this event. The PG students interacted with Prof MM Sharma during their poster presentations.