Indore : The Indian Institute of Technology Indore’s Industry-Academia Conclave (IAC)-2014 got off to a rousing start, on Friday.

The inaugural day of the two-day conclave saw addresses from nearly 30 senior representatives from top-notch companies in the country.

Representatives of many niche industries like Microsoft, IBM, TCS, Xilinx, Eicher Volvo, National Instruments, Freescale semiconductors, Siemens, Sasken Communication Technologies, Mahindra, Impetus, Cummins, CSC Technologies, CoreEL Technologies and Scientech Technologies would take part in the conclave are participating in the conclave which is aimed at exploring avenues of collaborative research with the support of the companies.

Their year’s conclave theme is “Nurturing and unifying the cycle – Technology, Industry and Research.”

Indore will be made tobacco-free: Collector

Indore| Indore will be made a tobacco-free city. All the public places of the district will be made tobacco-free. This decision was taken in a district-level meeting chaired by Collector Akash Tripathi here, on Friday. Tripathi said that the Tobacco Control Act would be enforced strictly in the district to make it free from tobacco. Punitive action including penalty would be imposed against those who don’t follow the law. If somebody is found smoking at a hotel, bar, wine shop or a mall, the licence of the establishment would be canceled. For this, the cooperation of police and Nagar Nigam would be sought. Tripathi called for continuous programmes to increase awareness about the Tobacco Control Act and special activities in schools and colleges to make people aware of the ill-effect of tobacco.

He asked the officials to make students take the pledge of not consuming tobacco.

It was decided that the sale of psychotropic drugs would be banned from the vicinity of educational institutions. Signboards declaring public places as no-smoking zones will be installed.

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