BICON-2018, the India-Japan fest begins on November 25 with a seminar on Technical Internship Training Programme (TITP) at Biyani Girls College in Vidyadhar Nagar. The inauguration will held with the hoisting of national flags of both the countries. The TITP will be followed by a 3-day international conference on ‘Sustainable Development’. Neha Pandey, convener, BICON-2018 and registrar, Biyani Group of Colleges tells Biyani Times about various aspects of the conference.
Q: Tell us about the journey of BICON.
The journey had started in 2006 and this year, we are organizing the 13th India-Japan Bilateral Conference from 26th to 28th November. The event is being jointly organized by Biyani Group of Colleges, DAILAB and partner institutes – Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) University, Akita Prefectural University, Saitama University, Kyushu University, Kwansei Gakuin University and Kyoto University from Japan. The conference is co-sponsored by ICSSR. It event celebrates the ongoing bilateral academic and research activities and promotes further stronger relationships between the two countries.
Q: Why such a good response from Japan?
The relationship of Biyani Group of Colleges with Japan is 15 years old. Our institute has deep roots. Last year, Fumio Kishida, minister for foreign affairs, Japan, had awarded us the ‘Certificate of Commendation’ in recognition of our efforts to promote friendly relations between the two countries. Our fest also celebrates the rising cooperation in strategic sectors between both India and Japan. They are giving us a bullet train, and we are providing them with manpower.
Q: There is lot of buzz around TITP programme. Please tell us something about it.
The Indo-Japan fest will kick off on November 25 with a seminar on Technical Internship Training Programme (TITP). Biyani Group of Colleges has been empanelled by NSDC, MSDE, India, as a “Sending Organization” for TITP. The programme will provide paid internship to our youths in various sectors like healthcare, garment construction, aviation, automobile, agriculture and food manufacturing etc. The training is provided by us. We teach them Japanese language, their etiquette’s and culture. Students need to pass JLPT N5 and JLPT N4 level of exams to be eligible for placements in Japan. This event will be attended by graduates from engineering, polytechnic and ITI colleges.
Q: What is the theme of this year’s conference?
Environmental issues are emerging as global challenges. Therefore, keeping that in mind, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘Sustainable development’. On the first day of the conference, professors, industry experts and scholars will discuss sustainable development in computing technologies for the business world.
The second day’s topics will be environmental degradation, conservation and management; environmental engineering; green chemistry, and environmental hygiene. And on the concluding day, the scholars will mull over ‘Challenges, Issues and Perspectives: Humanities to the Rescue of Sustainability and Legal Framework.’
Q: What will be the highlight of this programme?
The attraction of the event will be the lifetime achievement award ceremony on the second day to honour Nobel Laureate Prof. Yuzuru Husimi of Japan for his exemplary work in the field of ‘Directed Evolution’.
Q: What does BICON aim to achieve?
BICON was started to motivate scholars to develop an Eco-system for research activities. The main objective of the 3-day event is to bring together experts from around the world to share their knowledge, expertise and ideas that policy makers and the common man can use to address the challenges and contribute towards sustainable development.