The 5th edition of the India STEM Summit & Awards 2023, organized by the prestigious All India Council for Robotics & Automation (AICRA), has drawn its curtains amidst accolades and inspiration, reaffirming its role as a beacon of excellence and collaboration in the domains of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The summit, conducted on October 16th, 2023, at the distinguished Dr. Ambedkar International Center in New Delhi, has catalyzed a renewed commitment to fostering innovation and advancement in India’s STEM landscape.
The India STEM Summit & Awards, renowned for its global significance, assembled an illustrious cohort of luminaries from STEM and beyond. The event served as an intellectual nexus, wherein government officials, industry leaders, educators, and researchers converged to exchange insights, ideas, and innovations, thus cultivating a vibrant ecosystem for STEM education and collaborative exploration.
The event started with a ceremonial lamp lighting, symbolizing the illumination of knowledge and innovation in the realm of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The inauguration was a distinguished affair, featuring an array of prominent figures who added their brilliance to the ceremonial lighting of the lamp, including Prof. Jagadesh Mamidala (Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Shri TG Sitharam (Chairman of the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Dr. V.K. Saraswat (Member of Niti Aayog), and Shri. Rajkumar Sharma (President of AICRA), The confluence of these distinguished figures at the inauguration set the stage for the India STEM Summit & Awards 2023, highlighting the shared commitment to fostering STEM excellence and innovation in India, paving the way for a remarkable showcase of excellence, innovation, and collaboration across various STEM domains, celebrating the achievements and advancements in these fields.
Highlights of the event
Chief Guest Address: Hon’ble Minister Nitin Jairam Gadkari (Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Government of graced the event as the Chief Guest for the event, emphasizing the government’s unwavering commitment to promoting excellence in STEM and celebrating the achievements of the STEM community.
Distinguished Speakers: The summit featured a lineup of esteemed speakers, including Hon’ble Minister Nitin Gadkari (Minister for Road Transport & Highways) Shri Arun Kumar Gupta (IRS, Director Khelo India), Dr. Vinay Thakur( Managing Director of NICSI, MeitY), Dr. Biswajit Saha (Director of CBSE), Shri Tarun Ramesh Agarwal (Founder and CEO of eduCOBOT) and Dr. Ekta Kapoor (Head of Frontier and Futuristic Technologies Division at the Department of Science & Technology), and Shri. Sanjeev Bishnoi (Vice President, India). Accelerator). Their profound keynote addresses illuminated the path ahead for STEM, offering invaluable insights and inspiration for the future of STEM in India.
Chandrayaan-3 Celebration: A special session dedicated to Chandrayaan-3 was a remarkable highlight of the event, where distinguished ISRO scientists shared their incredible journey in preparing for this mission. Anchored by the seasoned Sakal Bhatt, Senior Consulting Editor at DD India, the session allowed the audience to gain firsthand insights into the challenges and triumphs of space exploration, emphasizing India’s contributions to global scientific endeavors.
The panel featured renowned ISRO scientists who played pivotal roles in the Chandrayaan-3 mission, including Dr. Ritu Karidhal, Ms. Nadini Harinath, Dr. Kalpana Arvind, Ms. Gomathi Saratha, Ms. Kalpana K, Ms. Roopa MV, and Ms. Ceena Sunil. These scientists, with their unparalleled expertise and dedication, have not only made India proud but have also significantly contributed to our understanding of the cosmos.
Collaboration for STEM Labs: A watershed moment unfolded with the signing of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with numerous institutions, initiating the establishment of India STEM Labs. These labs, poised to become centers of excellence, promise to play a pivotal role in nurturing STEM education and pioneering research across the nation. This collaborative effort underlines a collective commitment to arming the next generation of scientists and engineers with cutting-edge facilities.
Innovation Challenge and State Education Chapter Launch: The event marked the inauguration of the India Innovation Challenge, a platform designed to invigorate innovation at the grassroots level of STEM education. Simultaneously, the launch of the state education chapter promises to bolster education and research in STEM across regions. Both initiatives signify the multi-faceted approach to nurturing STEM excellence.
STEM Awards: The India STEM Awards 2023 was an embodiment of recognition, appreciation, and celebration of the latest innovations in STEM. Eminent minds were lauded and acknowledged for their outstanding contributions and groundbreaking endeavors, underscoring the importance of celebrating excellence in STEM.
In closing remarks, Shri. Rajkumar Sharma, President of AICRA, emphasized the event’s significance, stating, “The India STEM Summit & Awards 2023 represents our unwavering dedication to promoting innovation and excellence in STEM. We are proud of the collaborative spirit that this event has fostered and are confident it will catalyze groundbreaking research and pioneering collaborations in the realm of STEM in India.”
The India STEM Summit & Awards 2023 was attended by principals, educators, researchers, and industry professionals, making it a pivotal event for acknowledging excellence in STEM and inspiring further collaboration and innovation in India. This success underscores the nation’s commitment to nurturing and advancing STEM fields, ensuring a brighter future for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in India.