7th Summer School on “Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals

The summer school programme is a unique platform provided by Petrotech, IndianOil (R&D) and IiPM for exchanging views, experiences and perceptions between chemical engineering academia and the Industry and also providing an understanding and a clear vision of the requirements of Petroleum Oil Industry to academia. 25 Professors from different Institutions viz. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; Annamalai University; BIT Mesra Ranchi; BIT Sindri;BITSPilani;BITSPilani Hyderabad; Delhi Technology University; GGS Indraprastha University; ICT Mumbai; IIP Dehradun;IITKanpur; JNT University Hyderabad; MIT Pune; PDPU Gandhinagar; RGIPT Rae-Barely; Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering;SSNCollege of Engineering and 15 professionals from Refineries and R&D Centre of different Indian oil companies like IndianOil, MRPL and BPCL attended the programme.

Mr. R.K. Ghosh, Director (Refineries) inaugurated the 7th summer school on “Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals” at IiPM in the presence of Dr. C. R. Prasad, former CMD, GAIL and CMD Everest Power Pvt. Ltd., Mr. S. Rajagopal, ED (RT), IndianOil, Mr. Anand Kumar, Director, Petrotech and Mr. N. K. Bansal, ED (IiPM).

Mr. Ghosh complimented the continued efforts of Petrotech Society, IiPM and IndianOil (R&D) for organising the programme. He described Petroleum as the major source of global energy at least for next 100 years although petroleum oil refining would be more and more difficult both technologically as well as financially and refiners would face greater challenges in processing more and more heavy and dirty crudes. While expressing his concern about increasing demands of petroleum products to keep pace with the growth in this sector, he advised that both the academia and industry should join hands in finding solutions to the future technological challenges.

Mr. N. K. Bansal, ED (IiPM) in his welcome address appreciated the joint effort of Petrotech and IIPM in organising the programme with the objective of bringing the academia and industry on a common platform. He described Petroleum as the major constituent of energy basket. The collaborative approach between industry and academia will lead to mutual benefit in finding to efficient and cost effective production and usage of this energy resource.

Mr. Anand Kumar Director, Petrotech appraised about the summer school and described energy as the most essential requirement for the growth of human civilization with ever increasing demand. He further highlighted the consistent track record of chemical engineering academia & professionals in overcoming hurdles through innovation from the very beginning of Petroleum Oil Industry.

Mr. S. Rajagopal ED (RT) IOCL-R&D in his keynote address described the opportunity for interaction between industry and academia to bridge the gap as the primary goal of the summer school programme. He further added that the need of the hour for the two pillars of the society, Industry & Academia, is to bring solutions jointly to the technological challenges, being faced by refining & petrochemicals industry today. He also appraised the gathering on the topics being covered during 5 day programme which includes a one day visit to Panipat Refinery.