The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has been growing globally and I am delighted to inform you that India is keeping pace. We have recorded 42% growth in our membership from 2012 and we should end 2013 with about 9,000 members. This also makes IET India the largest pool of members outside of the UK. This could not have been possible without the unflinching support and efforts of our Local Networks, our Young Professionals, the South Asia Communities Committee and the IET India office staff. Thank you all for helping our Institution to grow.
We demonstrated a OneTeam approach this year where Local Networks and the India office staff worked with high collaboration on projects like the IET Advantage Job Fair, the Professional Registration Felicitation Events and the Lord Austin Lecture. It has been very satisfying indeed to see the teams support each other to deliver high value activities for our members.
Congratulations on coming together for yet another successful Community Volunteer Conference (CVC) this year. I am sure we will be able to translate all the sharing and learning into new ideas and activities to help realise the IET's vision of working to engineer a better world.
Carolyn Griffiths, Chief Inspector, RAIB, UK and Sir Robin Saxby, ex-founding CEO and Chairman of ARM were just some of the high profile speakers that we brought to India to speak at our Prestige Lectures. We will continue in our mission to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community.
The India Development Panel
met in November 2013 to discuss strategy and ideas for IET India.
Dr Gopichand Katragadda, M.D, GE India Technology Centre,
Dr Ajit Kalghatgi, Director BEL, Prakash Nayak - ex President ABB, Ravi Pagar, Regional Director element14 and Vineet Vijayraghavan, Director of Sollarillion and founder editor of Panchabhuta spent the day at our Bangalore office deliberating on strategies to raise the IET's profile in India. A key aspect of these deliberations was on increasing member value.
Before I wrap up my thoughts for this year-ending edition of Member Matters, I would like to welcome the new members of IET, who have joined us this year and very sincerely thank our existing members and volunteers for your support and hard work. I am sure we will join hands in working to engineer a better world.
A Happy New Year to you all and I wish you and your families a wonderful 2014.
The IET Mumbai LN hosted another edition of TechDais Lecture in July. Mr Kenneth McQueen, Project Management Consultant (Monorail Project), Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) delivered the lecture on 'Managing India's First Monorail'. The Mumbai Monorail which is all set for launch in 2014 will be the first of its kind in India.
Kenneth has been at the helm of planning Metro and Light Rail projects in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Dubai. He shared his experiences of managing the challenging MMRDA project and also talked about infrastructure innovations during the Design, Construction, Testing and Commissioning phases of the Mumbai Monorail project.
Over 50 professionals representing leading organisations in transport and related sectors attended the event.
The IET Bangalore Local Network and Confederation of Indian
Industries (CII) jointly held a Technology Leadership Talk in
Mysore, in September. The talk – Next wave of Silicon
Revolution, was delivered by
Ms Kumud Srinivasan, President, Intel India and General Manager, Intel Architecture Group.
The talk focused on how organisations could leverage new and existing opportunities to overcome the challenges faced by them at multiple levels - social, political, economic and safety. Identifying barriers to development, enabling responsive and responsible innovation, exploring new partnerships with government bodies, industry, academia and society can all go a long way in helping companies to stay relevant. Kumud also shared her experiences in managing innovation and market development at Intel and how the learnings could be replicated by Electronics Systems Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) organisations.
Nearly 60 professionals from organisations like Intel, L&T, Excel Soft, AT&S, Rangsons, Infosys and Kluber Lubrication attended the talk.
Lokesh V, Secretary, Kapil Khanna, Vice Chairman, Vishnu Vardhan, Chairman, Young rofessionals Section represented the IET Bangalore LN.
IET Academic Affiliate, KCG College of Technology, Chennai organised technical lectures, hands-on workshops and faculty development programmes as part of IET related activities for the quarter. Here is a round-up of key events.
A technical lecture on Cloud computing concepts was organised for engineering students in August. Mr K Mohanram, Deputy Transport Commissioner, Government of Tamil Nadu delivered the lecture. The one-day event helped students to understand the implementation processes and challenges of Cloud computing.
A one-day workshop with hands-on training was held to help students develop Android applications (Apps). Mr Madhav Rajan, Android Developer, Chennai facilitated the workshop.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at KCG College of Technology organised a two-day faculty development programme on Open Source Lab. Nearly 40 faculty from 26 colleges attended the programme. Mr S Baskar, CEO, LinuXpert Systems, chaired the session. Mr Baskar highlighted the future prospects and research opportunities that exist in the area of open source software.