Date: Aug 24, 2023
The Department of Energy Engineering at North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, organized a ground-breaking National Workshop on "Electric Mobility, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship" on August 24, 2023. The event aimed to provide a platform for researchers, scholars, industry experts, and stakeholders to delve into the realms of electric mobility and its potential to drive innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly focusing on the context of Meghalaya.
Distinguished by the presence of Prof. Prabha Shankar Shukla, Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor of NEHU, as the Chief Guest, the workshop initiated a dialogue on the multifaceted advantages of electric mobility beyond environmental considerations. In his address, Prof. Shukla highlighted the transformative potential of electric mobility to shape economies and societies, emphasizing energy independence and economic growth through innovation and job creation. The event served as a reminder of the challenges that lie ahead, such as battery technology advancement, charging infrastructure development, affordability, and holistic sustainability.
Prof. Shukla stated, "The insights shared in this workshop will undoubtedly shed light on innovative solutions to these challenges. The reduction in tailpipe emissions contributes to improved air quality, leading to healthier cities and a lower burden of respiratory illnesses. Additionally, the shift towards electric vehicles plays a pivotal role in mitigating climate change, as transportation is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. However, we must also be mindful of the environmental impact of battery production and disposal, making it essential to adopt a holistic approach to sustainability."
Shri. U N Madan, OSD (Technical) Power Department, Govt. of Meghalaya, also graced the event and addressed the audience. He highlighted the progress being made in the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in Meghalaya, particularly in Shillong. Shri. Madan emphasized the significance of EVs in controlling pollution and ensuring economic sustainability. He pointed out that the presence of EVs on Shillong roads, marked by green number plates, indicated the region's increasing acceptance of cleaner transportation alternatives. He also acknowledged the growing network of charging points in Shillong, contributing to the accessibility and convenience of EVs.
The workshop facilitated discussions on the policy and regulatory framework necessary for promoting EVs, collaborative efforts between governments and industry stakeholders to establish charging infrastructure, and the need to encourage research and innovation in battery technology. With a special focus on entrepreneurship development, the workshop encouraged participants, including aspiring entrepreneurs and students, to seize the emerging opportunities within the electric mobility sector and contribute to the transformation of the transportation landscape.
The National Workshop on "Electric Mobility, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship" illuminated the potential of electric mobility to reshape societies, stimulate economic growth, and pave the way for a sustainable future. It served as a dynamic platform for stakeholders to exchange ideas, deliberate on challenges, and chart a course towards the electrification of transportation in Meghalaya and beyond.