Dear Member,

This issue celebrates the 2nd anniversary of Member Matters that was launched in April 2012. Our Local Networks and volunteers have supported us in a big way by way of articles and updates from their region.

We had a busy quarter and among the highlights were the back-to- back visits of IET President Barry Brooks and President-elect, 2014-2015, Prof. William Webb in March; a joint panel discussion with Deccan Chronicle; IET-IEEMA MOU; our first Prestige Lecture of the year in Kolkata at the historic Town Hall; excellent media coverage for IET; launch of the IET India Scholarship Award and campus presentations about the Graduate Advantage Programme. All this was capped with an impressive 1,000+ likes for the India Facebook page.

Did you know that IET members get 5 free knowledge downloads as part of their membership benefits? Additionally, you also get 25 downloads for just $40, which is a special Knowledge Pack price for IET members. Please visit the Knowledge Packs page for more details.

To know more about IET member benefits read here.

If you know an outstanding engineer, please nominate him or her to the IET Achievement Award 2014. You can nominate online here.

Thank you once again for your continued support. Together, we can achieve the IET’s vision of working to engineer a better world.

Happy Reading.
Azra and Anitha


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Dear Colleagues,

The first quarter of 2014 has already gone past and serves to remind us that time is indeed flying and there’s so much that all of us want to do. I believe that we can all achieve more if we join hands to work towards our common goal which is working to engineer a better world.

We were very pleased to welcome IET President Barry Brooks to India. The Chennai LN put together an amazing set of activities for his visit in March. Students, volunteers, members, educationists and IET staff all got an opportunity to hear from the President on a range of topics including the role of volunteers, contribution of engineers to society and women engineers. Please read the details in this issue.

We also had an opportunity hear from Prof. William Webb, President-elect of the IET, 2014-2015 on Internet of Things. Prof. Webb was the key note speaker at the EFY Awards in Bangalore.

A notable achievement this quarter has been the technical white paper brought out by the IET India Solar Panel. The Solar Panel is a volunteer led visionary think tank for the solar energy sector. You can download the technical white paper here.

The IET inked an MOU with IEEMA in March. I thank the volunteers and members of IET and IEEMA for this initiative and hope that this will help the two organisations to leverage the synergies and plan activities around key topics and challenges.

We also held a number of strategic discussions with the India Development Panel (IDP) and the IET Executive Team on the future vision for IET in India. The insights and guidance have been invaluable to the team and I along with staff very sincerely thank the IDP for its time and advice.

We started Quarter 2 with our first Prestige Lecture that was delivered by Dr Fahd Hashiesh in Kolkata. The IET Kolkata LN, volunteers from IEEMA and faculty of Jadavpur University all worked tirelessly to support us in this event that drew over 300 delegates. I would like to thank you all and Dr Fahd for your support for this event that was held in Kolkata for the first time.

I look forward to working closely with all of you for yet another successful year.


Best regards,
Shekhar Sanyal






The IET Delhi Local Network organised a one-day
seminar – Technological Development in Power Plants and Power Equipment in collaboration with the Institution of Railway Electrical Engineers (IREE) and BHEL. The seminar was held in New Delhi in January and brought together the largest players in power equipment industry – BHEL (the largest producer) and Indian Railways (the largest consumer) to discuss new technologies and their adoption.

Mr B P Rao, Chairman and Managing Director, BHEL was the Chief Guest. Major Singh, Member - Planning, Central Electrical Authority and Mr I S Jha, Director - Projects, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) were the Guests of Honour. Mr Mehtab Singh, General Secretary, IREE and Chief Electrical Engineer, Northern Railways was the Special Guest.

Mr Mehtab Sigh and Mr I S Jha highlighted the recent efforts undertaken by the Indian Railways and PGCIL respectively towards better utilisation of renewable energy sources in their major projects. Major Singh spoke about the role of CEA in crafting and implementing energy policies that are responsive and relevant to the current scenario.

In the Chief Guest’s address, Mr B P Rao stressed on the need to promote indigenous industries in India to help bring down the nation’s imports and also improve our GDP.

Nearly 100 engineers attended the event along with office bearers and senior members of the IET Delhi Local Network.

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The IET Kolkata LN organised a number of events and here’s a round-up of some key activities.




The second Michael Faraday IET India Summit was organised by the
IET Kolkata LN in November 2013. The Call for Papers section of the conference received over 100 research paper submissions. 47 papers were presented at the conference. Professor D K Basu, Former Vice Chancellor, Tripura University and Burdwan University delivered the inaugural address. Dr S P Duttagupta, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (IIT) was the key note speaker.

IET Kolkata LN office bearers K C Mukhopadhyay, Chairman, Professor Samarjit Sengupta, Past Chairman, Dr Surajit Chattopadhyay,Honorary Secretary and senior volunteers attended the event.

The IET Student Chapter at MCKV Institute of Engineering, Howrah organised Technotica - a project exhibition and competition in November. Projects on display included Effi Cycle, Automatic Toll Collection System and Blind Calculator. Over 80 students participated in the competition.


A visit to Mangal Pandey Water Treatment Plant, Backpur was organised by the IET Kolkata LN for its members. The plant is one of the important ones established in the area to alleviate the problem of arsenic presence in water. The members later discussed with the plant personnel about technologies like SCADA and DCS which are in use at the plant. Prof J K Roy coordinated the visit.






The IET Mumbai LN indulged in a chocolatey topic for its first TechDais lecture of 2014.

Titled ‘The World of Chocolate Manufacturing’, the Mumbai LN TechDais lecture was presented by Mr Justin Carline FIET CEng, Head – Asia Pacific, Mondelez International (previously Cadbury). In a career spanning 20 years, he has spearheaded design and manufacturing functions for industry giants like British Aerospace, British Steel and P&G.


Mr Carline shared Mondelez International’s journey across geographies and the technical challenges they had to face before tasting success. He brought an insightful perspective to the world of global manufacturing and what it takes to lead the pack as a global top-tier company. Mr Carline also stressed on the importance of leveraging technical and human diversity and the need for top-of-the-class engineers and scientists in driving businesses forward.

Over 70 IET members including senior volunteers of the IET Mumbai LN attended the event.
Dr Hemant Kumar Aiyer, Chetan Chaudhari and Chetan Hadge coordinated this edition of TechDais lecture series.


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The IET Chennai LN and Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) jointly observed the Energy Conservation Week in December 2013. The event was organised in Chennai and focussed on energy conservation, policies, initiatives and implications.

L Ramesh, Chairman, IET YPS Chennai, briefed the audience about the Network’s initiatives in Tamil Nadu. He also shared with them the Chennai LN student members’ mission to spread the word about energy conservation across the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu.

Guest of Honour Mr V G Manoharan, Retired Managing Director, TNEB, spoke to the audience about the need of energy conservation in today’s context. Mr N Muralidharan, Executive Engineer (Transmission), TNEB delivered a lecture titled ‘Solar Policy and Utilisation’ that covered upcoming trends in utilisation of solar energy.

Nearly 80 participants, including senior volunteers from the IET Chennai LN and officers from the TNEB, Chennai attended the event.


Everyday Stress Management

A workshop on Stress Management by Professor Clement Fernando, aimed to equip attendees with easy tools to manage everyday stress was also organised.



National Institute of Technology (NIT), Surathkal now has an IET Student Chapter. The IET Bangalore Local Network inaugurated the chapter in November 2013 and welcomed 50 student members on board. Office bearers of the IET Bangalore Local Network were present.

We welcome the young engineers to IET - Professional Home for Life!






The IET Bangalore Local Network organised a faculty development programme
in Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering (VVCE), Mysore in January.

Lokesh V, Secretary, IET Bangalore Local Network (Managing Director, Innomantra Consulting Pvt. Ltd.) spoke on ‘Innovation Imperative for New India’. The talk covered various aspects of new product development, Intellectual Property management and systematic approaches to innovation. Lokesh also highlighted the need for organisations to focus on developing a culture that fosters innovation.

Dr B Sadashive Gowda, Principal, Heads of Departments and faculty of VVCE were among the attendees.




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The IET Chennai Local Network hosted the fourth edition of Sustainable Energy and Intelligent Systems Conference (SEISCON) in December 2013. The three-day conference was held at KCG College of Technology, Chennai and featured international paper presentation sessions and panel discussions.

Mr Ashok K Baweja (Head, QuEST Global Defense Engineering Services and Former Chairman, HAL, Bangalore) was the Chief Guest. He talked about the growing need for engineers to be socially sensible and responsible. Guest of Honour Mr S Gomathinayagam (Executive Director, Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Govt. of India) spoke about the upcoming technologies in renewable energy space with special focus on wind energy and turbines.


Nearly 60 papers were presented at this international conference. The participants represented premier international educational and research organisations including University of Amsterdam, Curtin University, University Sains Malaysia, National Institute of Technology, Jadavpur University, Ford Technology Solutions, Panchabuta Renewable Energy and Cleantech, HCL Technologies, and Polaris Financial Technology Ltd.

‘Implementation and Control of High Voltage DC-DC Boost Converter’, authored by Dr Sanjeevi Kumar, National Institute of Technology, Pondicherry, won the Excellent Research Paper Award.


A panel comprising of members from academia and industry discussed various aspects of sustainable energy and intelligent systems in the Transport, Information & Communications and Energy sectors.

The discussion focused on ways to render current research more ‘intelligent’. Considering the current research scenario in the transport sector, the panel stressed on the need for a shift from simulation based to real time approaches.

For the Information & Communications segment, the discussion focused on the increased need for layers of security in social networks, progresses in gesture recognition and machine learning and clustering in knowledge computing.

The discussion on Energy sector brought out the need to bridge existing gaps in renewable energy capture and storage mechanisms. Artificial Intelligence based controllers to enhance the reliability of renewable energy systems was also suggested by the panel.

Mr Thothathri Visvanathan, Vice President, Infosys, Chennai was the Chief Guest at the Valedictory Function.

Nearly 1,000 people attended SEISCON 2013. Dr T Rengaraja, Principal, KCG College of Technology, Mr Shekhar Sanyal, Director and Country Head, IET India, Mr G Pandian, Chairman, IET Chennai LN, Prof S Cloudin, Treasurer, IET Chennai LN, Dr Jothiswaroopan, Secretary, IET Chennai LN and senior volunteers of the IET Chennai LN attended the event.





IET Mumbai LN and Academic Affiliates of Western region organised activities as a part of National Science Day celebrations (February 28, 2014).

K J Somaiya College of Engineering held activities and competitions on Tech vs. Tech-Health.

The Electrical Engineering Department of K K Wagh Institute of Engineering held technical essay competition and group discussions on various topics of scientific interest.


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34 members of IET India joined the elite group of Professionally Registered engineers in 2013.

Professional Review Interviews for 2013 were conducted in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. For the first time, candidates were reviewed by Indian interviewers trained by the Registration and Standards Support team, IET UK.

A special note of thanks to IET volunteers - Dr Alan Sheldrake, Mr Prabhu Sankar, Mr Kumar Arumugam,
Mr Ketan Gandhi, Mr Valentine D’Silva, Mr Sreenivasan Vattamattathil and Dr Suresh Varwandkar for facilitating the interviews.

The IET congratulates newly registered Chartered Engineers (CEng), Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and Engineering Technicians (EngTech) and wishes them every success in their career.

IET Fellows approved as Chartered Engineers
Name Organisation IET Local Networks
Pradeep Kumar Srivastava South Central Railway, Indian Railways Mumbai
Mehtab Singh Northern Railway, Indian Railways Delhi
Ashok Kumar Garg Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Delhi
Dr Surendra Pal The Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers Bangalore
Prakash Nayak Power Engineering and Automation Private Limited Bangalore
Anil Kumar Dutta Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited Delhi
IET Members approved as Chartered Engineers
Name Organisation IET Local Network
Nikhil Upadhyaya GE Energy Bangalore
Dr Kulvir Singh BHEL Chennai
Sudhir Chiplunkar AECOM India Chennai
Sanjay Sagar AECOM India Delhi
Jebamoney Pondorai Santhosam Thomas Trinity Electrical Consultants Chennai
Sethuraman Ramaswamy WS Atkins India Bangalore
Vinod Matta WS Atkins India Bangalore
Dr Prakashraj Kasinathan ABB Limited Bangalore
Manoj Biswas Essar Engineering Mumbai
Subir Chakravarty Petrofac Limited Mumbai
Bhupender Singh Bodh Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited Delhi
Punit Agrawal Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited Delhi
Phinoo Mathew Vattathara ABB Limited Bangalore
Jeya Jothi Pommiraj Ayyanar BP Exploration Limited Chennai
Dr Surajit Chattopadhyay MCKV Institute of Engineering Kolkata
Dr Malay Ranjan Tripathy Amity School of Engineering & Technology Delhi
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Dr Pradip Kumar Roy IIT Banaras Hindu University Delhi
Dr Jagannathan Thirumalai B S Abdur Rahman University Chennai
Dr Ramaswamy Udayachandran Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Technology Chennai
Gopinath Karnapragasam Foster Wheeler India Chennai
IET Members approved as Incorporated Engineers
Name Organisation IET Local Network
Kingsley Inbasingh Stanly Parsons International Chennai
Poobalan Subramani Giesecke & Devrient India Chennai
Vijay Gopal M IBM India Bangalore
Sreerangan Jagannathan Brunei Shell Petroleum Chennai
IET Members approved as Engineering Technicians
Name Organisation IET Local Network
Amey Rane Black & Veatch Consulting Mumbai
Sidhartha Kumar Mallick Jindal Power Limited Kolkata
Sridhar Kumar Gangula WS Atkins India Bangalore


To know more about Professional Registration and how to apply, please click here.





Mukul Arunkumar Joshi, Member of the IET Pune LN has won multiple awards and medals for academic excellence in instrumentation engineering.

Mukul received the Gold Medal and Professor M V Deshpande award by the alumni association of COEP for topping Bachelors of Technology (Instrumentation) at College of Engineering, Pune (COEP). He also received the Best Outgoing Student Award for the academic year 2012 – 13 by Cognizant for his outstanding academic performance.

Congratulations Mukul! We are proud of you!



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IET President Barry Brooks CEng FIET visited India in March 2014. Barry joined IET volunteers and staff in a number of activities in Bangalore and Chennai. Here’s a snapshot:



Barry’s first activity in India started with a talk at PES University, Bangalore on “How engineers can have a positive impact on the society”.

The talk focused on the importance of developing an early interest in engineering, role of professional organisations and the need to stay up-to-date and relevant. Barry’s presentation highlighted the contributions of some of the finest engineers and the difference they made to society. He talked about the role of schools in laying the foundation for practical skills innovation, creativity and excellence. He stressed on the need for more women in science and engineering, more engineers to stay in research for creating world class products and more volunteers to advise parents, teachers and children. Barry reiterated that volunteers had the responsibility to inspire, inform and influence the next generation and a variety of roles were available in communities, education and professional development. Collectively, volunteers, engineers and technicians can work to engineer a better world.

Nearly 170 students along with faculty of PES University attended the talk.

Barry attended the MoU signing ceremony between IET India and Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) in Bangalore on March 6. IEEMA is the apex association of manufacturers of electrical, industrial electronics and allied equipment in India. At the event, Barry spoke about new avenues that this tie-up would bring to members of the IET and IEEMA.


Directors, Vice Chancellors and heads of IET India’s Academic Affiliates interacted with Barry over a networking lunch on March 7. A number of ideas and suggestions were shared. Discussions centred around the importance of international visits, paper publishing conferences, international and industry exposure for students, accreditation and platforms to promote innovation and professional development.

Barry also welcomed Hindustan University and presented the IET Academic Affiliate certificate to the university Vice Chancellor
Dr S Ramachandran.


On March 7, Barry joined the IET Chennai LN in celebrating key milestones achieved by them. The event was called ‘Setting New Benchmarks’ and the milestones included:

  • Recruiting 316 Graduate Advantage members in a record time of      67 days by the Young Professionals Regional Committee (YPRC)
  • Enrolling 1,123 student members in a record time of 67 days
  • Establishing highest number of Student Chapters under the aegis      of the Chennai Local Network
  • Inauguration of IET Computing Community (part of I&C Sector)      with student and professional members
  • Inauguration of the Women’s Engineering Society


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Speaking at the event, Barry commended the efforts of IET Chennai LN in taking forward the IET’s vision. He also appreciated the One Team approach demonstrated by the IET staff and volunteers and acknowledged its contribution to the success of IET in India. Read the full speech here.

The IET Chennai LN also felicitated T G Ramesh, Global CEO, CSS Corp with the IET Chennai Local Network Outstanding Engineer Award for his contributions to the field of engineering.

The team also felicitated Dr Marsaline Beno, Professor at St Xavier’s Catholic College of Engineering, Nagercoil for his support in spreading the word about the IET Graduate Advantage Programme. L Ramesh, Chairman, Young Professionals Section, IET Chennai LN was acknowledged for his volunteering efforts.

Student members from KCG College of Engineering, Vivekananda College of Engineering and Saveetha School of Engineering presented skits that portrayed the role of IET in the life of young engineers.


In an interactive session called ‘IET’s Next Generation Engineers’, Barry met with student members at Dr M G R Educational and Research Institute University in Chennai. He talked about the IET’s role in professional development, volunteering, leadership skills and entrepreneurship.

In a segment titled ‘Me and My IET’, members shared their experience with the IET and how it has added value to their student and professional lives.Barry also inaugurated the IET Energy Awareness and Renewable Initiative Forum which aims to save 10MW energy.


Journalists representing DNA, New Indian Express and India Tech Online met with Barry Brooks in Bangalore and Chennai and the interactions received good coverage in their media. Read here.


Dr M G R Educational and Research Institute University, Chennai, along with IET Chennai LN hosted IET President Barry Brooks in Chennai. A rich array of activities was planned for Barry that included LN events, networking platforms and interactive sessions with students and volunteers. Barry was also treated to a flavour of India’s culture through a captivating classical dance presented by Athma Academy of Dance, Chennai.


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The IET Mumbai LN organised a two-day visit to TDK-EPCOS (leading electronics component manufacturer) and Crompton Greaves (engineering conglomerate with diversified portfolios) centres at Nashik, to facilitate academia- industry dialogue.12 engineering faculties from the area were selected by the IET Mumbai LN for the visit.

Dr Venkatesh, President – Power Quality Systems at TDK EPCOS facilitated the site tour which presented the participants an opportunity to see the critical stages in MV/AC/DC capacitor manufacturing processes.

Mr John Yesuraj, Deputy Manager of R&D at Crompton Greaves (CG) took the participants on a tour of the Research and Development centres. These centres are home to some of CG’s cutting edge research in high power sub-station equipment, such as Circuit Breakers (Live Tank and Dead Tank), GIS (Gas Insulated Switchgear), Instrument Transformers and Transformer Bushings, Surge Arresters, and disconnectors.

The visit helped the faculty to get a better understanding of technology implementations in these core engineering organisations. The insights gained will help them in their endeavor to provide application oriented education to engineering students.

KCG College of Technology organised a national level prototype building competition - Young Minds Innovation Challenge (YMIC). The challenge was open to school and college students and provided them a platform to showcase their innovative ideas.

The theme for this year’s challenge was – ‘Innovations for the Society’. Over 40 prototypes were on display. These included: alternate energy generation; innovative technologies for educating rural India; technological aid for physically and mentally challenged and safety for women and e-waste management.



  • Zero turn power wheel chair for easy mobility of physically      challenged
  • Iron robot – to automate the process of pressing clothes
  • Sewage management using radio frequency
  • Hands-free bike for physically challenged
  • Low cost inverter for under Rs 500/-
  • Smart cane – which alerts the visually impaired about obstacles in      their path
  • Photon alive – a light source that adjusts its intensity based on      proximity and thus conserves energy




  • Pedal powered washing machine
  • Integrated CO2 sequestration and bio diesel production
  • Self-resistant crops to reduce soil pollution
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We welcome College of Engineering Pune, K K Wagh College of Engineering, K J Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology, PES Institute of Engineering and Technology, VJTI and Saveetha Engineering College to IET - the Professional Home for Life for Engineers.


Established in the 1854, COEP is one of the oldest institutions in the country and is considered to be one of the top 15 engineering institutes in India. Dr F C Kohli, often referred to as “Father of Indian Software Industry”, heads the Board of Governors as its Chairman.

COEP has been recognised by World Bank under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) project as the best governed institute in India. With a student strength of over 4,000, COEP offers 10 Under Graduate and 22 Post Graduate Programmes and PhD courses in various departments.

COEP has many national and international accolades to its credit. These include 3 Guinness World Records, Global E-learning Award for best use of social media education (2012), Luigi Napoliatano Award (2011), Google Women India Award (2010), Microsoft Imagine Cup Award (2009) and recognition in CII and AICTE joint survey for BestIndustry Institute Interaction. “College of Engineering Pune is indeed very happy to be associated as an Academic Affiliate of the IET”, said
Dr Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Director, COEP. “The IET is an excellent collaborative platform which gives immense opportunities for both our students and faculty. They can interact with experts in their field, learn from their experiences, share expertise and learning with others, get access to the IET Digital Library and carry out useful research for social good”, he added.




K J Somaiya Institute of Engineering & Information Technology (KJSIEIT), Mumbai is now an IET Academic Affiliate. Established by the Somaiya Trust in the year 2001 in Mumbai, the institute believes in imparting quality education in Information Technology and allied branches of engineering and technology. From the time of its inception KJSIEIT has been striving to develop itself into an institution of quality and excellence in the field of technical education, in consonance with the future needs of society. In its efforts, it strives to achieve a fine blend of traditional values and modern education.


KJSIEIT has a student capacity of 1,200 supported by 80 full-time teaching staff. The institute has won several awards for its quality of education. KJSIEIT was ranked 9th in best engineering colleges in Dataquest’s 2013 rankings and was also credited an AA+ by Careers360.

“IET- KJSIEIT affiliation has provided a rich formal platform, with immense amount of resources that aid the comprehensive growth of students, faculties and the institute in varied dimensions. We warmly welcome the extension of this partnership for long-term benefits”, said Mr Milind Nemade, Principal, KJSIEIT.


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Saveetha Engineering College was established in the year 2001 under the Saveetha Medical & Educational Trust. The college incorporates a unique curriculum that prepares the students with required skills and knowledge needed to meet and exceed industry expectations. Choice based credit system for students to opt for dual specialisation and Honours in BE / BTech, credits for research publications in journals, regular personality development and professional skills programmes by industry experts are all part of a carefully crafted curriculum for continuous development.

Saveetha Engineering College offers 8 Under Graduate courses, 13 Postgraduate ME / MTech courses and doctoral programmes. The student strength of 2,250 is supported by a staff strength of 160. 28 of the faculty hold doctoral degrees and nearly 60 are en-route to gaining their PhD from reputed universities.

The IT infrastructure of the college houses 600 state-of-art computing systems with advanced software for academic and research applications. To promote cutting-edge scientific research, labs in the areas of product design and robotics have been set up. The college also has National Instruments Lab view simulation software, CCNA lab for network security, novel and nanomaterials synthesis labs and a DRDO supported lab on wireless sensor networks.

“Apart from academics, the University is keen on nurturing students capable of solving industry problems. Our emphasis has been to equip students with hands-on skills needed for the industry and to embed a strong value to abide by professional ethics. Affiliation with professional bodies like the IET will help to bring cutting edge technological developments to the students through interactions with peers”, says Ms Ramya Deepak, Director, Saveetha School of Engineering.


Karmaveer Kakasaheb Wagh (K K Wagh) Institute of Engineering Education and Research, Nashik was established in 1984 and is affiliated to the University of Pune. The institute is at the forefront of engineering education in the region and focuses on all-round development of its students. Activities like soft skill and leadership training workshops, industry visits, visits to R&D centres, technical exhibitions, vocational training, expert lectures on special topics, mini-projects etc., are included as part of the curriculum.

IET Karamveer Expo - a National level working model contest organised by the institute since 2003 is now a much sought- after engineering event in the region. The recent edition of the event attracted nearly 10,000 visitors.

“K K Wagh Institute takes keen interest in imparting quality education, giving equal importance to professional and personal development of students to make them globally acceptable.

This affiliation with the IET strengthens our endeavor,” says
Dr K N Nandurkar, the Principal of institute.


Shri Balasaheb Wagh, Chairman, K K Wagh Education Society, said, “This association will give our students an opportunity to compete on global platforms and showcase their abilities.”



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PES University (formerly PES Institute of Technology) was established in 1988, as flagship institution of the PES Group of Institutions. The institution is a recognised research centre and offers undergraduate and post graduate programmes in the engineering disciplines of mechanical, electronics and communication, computer science, information science, telecommunication, biotechnology, electrical & electronics and civil.

PES University carries forward the principles and spirit of its founder Chairman, Dr M R Doreswamy, also a Member of the Legislative Council (MLC), Karnataka State, whose focus was innovation, entrepreneurship, outreach and perennial love for quality education.

“You’ll find that everything at PES is single–mindedly focused on addressing student needs. We are clear that it is our responsibility to help our students realise their goals in an increasingly competitive world. We have consistently produced excellent results and PES alumni can be found at premier organisations in India and overseas. From academic excellence to leadership qualities, a nurturing environment to cutting–edge infrastructure, PES offers everything you need to succeed”, says Professor D Jawahar, the CEO of the PES Group.

Principal and Director, Dr K N B Murthy said, “The institute assures good academic ambience, study culture and ample opportunities to develop a wide range of human skills. This affiliation with the IET strengthens our endeavor.”





Founded in 1887 as Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute and renamed in 1996 as Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute - VJTI is one of the oldest engineering colleges in Asia. The institution has a strong focus on research and offers a full suite of Under Graduate and Post Graduate courses.

VJTI was ranked #22 by the India Today Best Engineering colleges and #32 by Outlook India Top Engineering Colleges for the year 2012. The college also won the prestigious Ramkrishna Bajaj National Quality Award (RBNQA) for 2009 in education category.

Commenting on the affiliation, the college spokesperson said, “We are happy to have become an Academic Affiliate of an international professional organisation like the Institution of Engineering and Technology. This association will help us achieve quality education at international level.”





13 students from the current engineering batch of Amity School of Engineering and Technology have been sent to Purdue University, USA under an exchange programme. The students will pursue their academic projects in the advanced laboratories of the university.

Bon Voyage from all of us at the IET!



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Entries are now open for the 2014 edition of the IET India Scholarship Award.

This year, second and third year engineering students can apply to the Scholarship Award.

The deadline for submission of Scholarship application has been extended to May 15, 2014.

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If you know an outstanding engineer, please nominate him/her to the IET Achievement Awards.
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Hurry, application closes on May 30, 2014

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Agreement to pave the way for joint activities, knowledge dissemination and efforts to improve engineering education in India

IET India inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) on March 6, 2014. IEEMA is the apex association of manufacturers of electrical, industrial electronics and allied equipment in India.

The agreement is designed to facilitate exchange and dissemination of technical information between the two organisations and will cover three primary areas of co-operation: joint events and activities; joint dissemination of knowledge, and joint efforts to improve the state of engineering education in india.



The MoU will make it easier for the two organisations to work together to plan technical lectures and talks as well as to jointly develop programmes, activities and materials aimed at enhancing the quality of engineering education in India. This will include forums, conferences, publications, standards, educational materials and awards.

Raj Eswaran, President, IEEMA, Sunil Misra, Director General, IEEMA, Barry Brooks, President, The IET, Shekhar Sanyal, Director & Country Head IET India and Mustafa Wajid, Executive Council Member, IEEMA were present.



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Keeping the Lights On – The IET India Energy Lecture 2014 was held in Kolkata on April 26.
Dr. Fahd Hashiesh, CEng FIET, Technology Manager, ABB Limited, UK delivered the lecture.

Can we indeed keep the lights on, given the challenges that exist in our energy sector?
Dr Hashiesh’s talk focused on this important question and the challenges faced by the power distribution companies in meeting the ever-increasing demand. He discussed some of the latest and improved transmission techniques around the world and their benefits. Some real examples of

efficient installations around the world gave the audience a peek into the future of energy expectations.

Mr Avijit Bose, Director of Distribution, CESC was the Chief Guest. Prof Sujay Basu, a noted energy researcher from Kolkata, joined Dr Hashiesh in the answering the questions posed by the attendees.

More than 300 attendees from energy and related industries and academia attended this Prestige Lecture that was held at the historic Town Hall that completed its 200th year in 2014 and where Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda were felicitated. Senior members and volunteers of the IET Kolkata LN, members of IEEMA, Prof. Abhijit Chakrabarty, Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur University and his colleagues were also present.




On the occasion of National Science Day (February 28), IET India and Deccan Chronicle jointly organised a Panel Discussion, “Is Scientific India Competent on a Global Platform”. The event was held in Bangalore.

On the occasion of National Science Day (February 28), IET India and Deccan Chronicle jointly organised a Panel Discussion, “Is Scientific India Competent on a Global Platform”. The event was held in Bangalore.


Panelists included:

that focuses on solutions and breaks the existing silos. The panel also observed that Indian engineering colleges are measured more by placements rather than their research and problem-solving caliber. The panelists agreed that fundamental science must be given due importance in universities as opposed to niche specialisations.

  • Dr Gopichand Katragadda, Managing Director, GE India Technology Center
  • Mr Vijay Anand ,Vice President, India Development Center – Intuit India
  • Dr V Shubha, Head of the Materials Science division at NAL
  • Mr Anup Vittal, MD, Safran Engineering Services
  • Mr Shekhar Sanyal, Director and Country Head, IET India

The discussion was moderated by S Raghotham, Senior Editor, Deccan Chronicle.

The panel noted that there is no dearth for scientific competence, potential or resources in India. The challenge lies in our inability to create an ecosystem

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1. Ranked 9th in best engineering college in Dataquest’s 2013
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2. This IET LN set some new benchmarks in memberships and related activities in March.

3. This IET Academic Affiliate is one of the top 15 engineering institutes in India.

4. The IET Delhi LN seminar which brought BHEL and Indian Railways
on a common platform to discuss new technologies focused on this area.

5. Venue for ‘Keeping the Lights on’ – The IET India Energy Lecture 2014.

6. The apex association of manufacturers of electrical,industrial electronics and allied equipment with whom IET India inked an MoU.

7. This University is IET India’s new academic affiliate in Bangalore.

8. He is the President of the IET

    

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