National Conference

UGC AND CSIR SPONSORED NATIONAL CONFERENCE

‘Sustainable Development-A Collective Vision’

On 31st October and 1st November 2011

The solutions of tomorrow are not stashed behind the walls of bureaucracy or political halls. They are in the minds of teachers, engineers, designers, innovators, nutritionists, researchers, environmentalists, and other truly educated individuals, therefore, the Institute of Home Economics planned the present conference to blend scientific research from various disciplines with education and practical solutions, to try working to help guide people onto a path toward sustainability.

The National Conference on "Sustainable Development – A Collective Vision" organized by the Institute of Home Economics on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee was inaugurated by Prof. Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi. In his inaugural speech, Prof. Singh highlighted the role of women in development of the society and the nation He said that teaching should not be "blackboard teaching" where the students saw only the teachers' backs; instead it should be the complete development of the students with more emphasis on hands-on experience.

Prof. M.G.K. Menon, Advisor, ISRO delivered the keynote address at the inaugural session. In his address, he emphasized that education begins from the mother's womb and continues throughout life. He stated that the mother is the best teacher and the foundation of sustainable development is laid at home, starting from the formative years of an individual's life. He highlighted that values and ethics are inculcated in the individuals first at home, by the mother.

Technical and oral sessions of various departments were held wherein experts in respective fields shared their experiences and vision. The research scholars presented their research in the oral sessions. The sessions were chaired by eminent personalities. The two day conference saw the coming together of academicians; researchers and professionals from different field. A scintillating fashion show on the theme ‘Elements of Nature’ was also presented.

The valedictory address was given by Prof. Kiran Walia, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Delhi. She highlighted the richness of Indian culture which traditionally valued preservation of resources. However, this belief has got lost somewhere on the way and needed to be revived. She also presented awards to winning research presentations.

Dr. Kumud Khanna, Director Institute of Home Economics and Prof. I. P. Singh Chairman, Governing body congratulated the faculty and students of the institute for organizing wonderful conference on a very appropriate topic.

It was one of the most engaging and high energy discussions and presentations on current and emerging trends on sustainable development.