India is currently the second-largest manufacturer of two-wheelers, eighth largest in commercial vehicles, sixth largest in passenger cars, and the largest in tractors (AMP, 2016-2026). The Automotive Mission Plan 2016-26 (AMP 2026) is aimed at defining the trajectory of the evolution of the ecosystem in India, including that of regulations and policies that govern among other things the recycling of automotive vehicles. This is important as India needs to stay on a path to achieve the goal of economic growth while ensuring the growth is not accomplished at the cost of the environment.
The R&D ecosystem in India took cognizance of the significance of striking this balance. This session will bring forward the role of industry and academia in accomplishing the goals of Reusability, Recoverability, and Recyclability in the automobile industry.
Rashmi Urdhawareshe, Senior Advisor, Pune Knowledge Cluster
Rashmi Urdhawareshe is a Senior Advisor to the Pune Knowledge Cluster working for the Electrical and Sustainable Mobility vertical. Rashmi is President Society of Automotive Engineers, India, and serves in advisory and mentorship roles for corporates, educational/ research programs, and government agencies. Before this, she served as Director, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Pune. She is a recipient of several national awards for Engineering Excellence, Woman Empowerment, Business Leadership, Green Mobility, and others. She was honored with the Nari Shakti Puraskar in 2019 by the President of India.
Dr. Manjusha Shelke, Principal Scientist, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune
Manjusha is a materials chemist and her research interests are in the development of high energy electrode materials for storage devices like rechargeable batteries (Li-ion, Li-sulphur, Na-ion) and supercapacitors. Her group is extensively working on energy storage solutions for e-mobility as well as stationary applications. The team has published more than 60 publications in the area; has 5 patents granted. She was elected a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), USA in 2015 and as a Fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences (MAS) in 2018. In 2021 Science & Engineering Research Board of Govt. of India awarded her with the SERB-POWER fellowship instituted to recognize and reward outstanding women researchers and innovators working in Indian academic institutions and R&D Laboratories. She is the founder of a CSIR-NCL spin-off company Rechargion Energy Pvt. Ltd.