As the year draws to a close and we prepare for the New Year, I would like to thank each one of you for your contribution to the IET and its goals and wish all of you and your families a very successful New Year.
Your Institution has continued to grow significantly in 2014. Our membership has grown to approximately 163,000 of which close to 12,000 members are from India itself. This makes India the biggest region for the IET outside of the UK.
2014 has been a year of many firsts for the Institution. Sudeshna Saha from Kolkata won the global PATW challenge representing South Asia region. She is the first global winner of PATW from India. Congratulations Sudeshna, you make us proud and I hope this is just a beginning of a long list of future winners from the region.
This year also saw the launch of a new journal, “Healthcare Letters” which takes our number journal publications to 28. We also saw the introduction of “Knowledge packs” as an annual member benefit. Under this benefit, all our members can download up to 5 articles a year from pool of over 190,000 journal articles/book chapters/conference proceedings.
In India we brought out our first ever IET solar whitepaper - customised and written for the Indian scenario. Our Prestige Lectures and Scholarship Awards continued to connect the current and the next generation of engineers to cutting edge engineering research and work happening around the world. 2015 will be a very important year for
the IET in India as we start our journey towards a new direction. In our previous edition of Member Matters, we had articulated the new strategy for India for 2015-2017 that has been approved by the Board of Trustees. In line with the strategy,we will focus on the Energy and Transport sectors along with International Accreditation of engineering courses. The Internet of Things will also be a focus area for us. We plan to launch the IET Faraday Programme for school children between the ages of 5 and 19 years. We are currently scouting for sponsors for this project and if you think that you know any corporate or trust who might be interested in sponsoring the programme, please do let us know.
The E&T magazine will go digital for all members in India from 2015. This is keeping in line with our sustainability agenda. We are also working closely with the E&T editorial team to integrate region specific additional content for our digital edition which should soon be available for Indian readers.
I hope the year was as eventful for you as it was for the IET and the New Year holds as much promise for you as it does for the Institution. Wishing you a wonderful, successful and fun filled NewYear!
Director & Country Head
The IET Delhi Local Network organised activities to mark Engineers’ Day 2014. Speakers from various engineering disciplines delivered lectures on the theme - Making Indian Engineering World Class.
Mr N Venkatesan, Former Member Electrical, Railway Board and Mr V K Gupta, Chairman of IET Delhi LN were the Chief Guests. Ashwani Lohani, Chief Administrative Officer of Indian Railway Organisation of Alternative Fuel and Mr Yogender Pal, Advisor, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting were the Guests of Honour.
Mr N Venkatesan discussed the achievements of Indian engineers and their societal relevance. He highlighted the role Railway Engineers could play in reducing rural –urban divide, thus creating world-class experiences. Adding to what Mr Venkatesan had established in his talk,
Mr Pardeep Chaturvedi, Council Member of the Institution of Engineers (India) summarised some of the best Indian technology innovations.
Mr Ashwani Lohani shared insights on how technology
improvements have positively impacted Indian Railways. He
shared his experience of transforming the looks of railway
stations with the aid of technology.
Mr Yogender Pal highlighted the role of Indian engineers in the field of Radio wave broadcasting.
Developing world-class engineering infrastructure was the core theme of Mr V K Gupta’s talk. He discussed the technical, theoretical and practical aspects of infrastructure development and its policy implications. These lectures were followed by an interactive session..
Nearly 45 delegates representing Indian Railways, IEI, Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication attended the event.
Mr R N Rajpoot, Secretary of the IET Delhi LN, Mr Aman Rajpoot, Chairman – Young Professionals Section (IET Delhi LN), members and senior volunteers of the IET Delhi LN were also present.
Department of Civil Engineering at KCG College of Technology, Chennai inaugurated the IET Built Environment Chapter in September. The Chapter will serve as a platform for interested students to familiarise with industry best practices, stay up-to-date with developments in the sector, get guidance on publications and avail of networking opportunities.
Mr K S Asaithambi, Head - Offshore Structures, Technip India, inaugurated the chapter that was followed by a workshop on Building Information Modelling (BIM). Building Information Modelling is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. Businesses and government agencies can effectively use BIM to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain diverse physical infrastructures (like water electricity, gas, communication utilities, roads, bridges and ports etc.).
Mr Asaithambi discussed industry best practices in BIM and Ms N Uma, Senior Engineer – Civil & structural division, Technip India summarised its applications in Oil & Gas Engineering projects.
Nearly 150 students from various engineering colleges attended the session.
Dr T Rengaraja, Principal and Prof J John Alexander, Head of Department, KCG College of
Prof S Cloudin, Treasurer, IET Chennai LN, senior members and volunteers of IET Chennai LN were present.
The IET Mumbai LN organised its TechDais lecture on ‘Sustainability in Water Supply’. The lecture discussed pertinent engineering issues related to availability of pure water. Mr Satish Chilekar, one of India’s pioneers in Membrane Technology led the session. Mr Chilekar has nearly 30 years of experience and is credited with initiating India’s first indigenous Reverse Osmosis (RO) system.
South-east coast of India has been facing severe challenges when it comes to potable water. There is need for additional desalination of plants and related infrastructure to cater to the ever-growing urban demands – especially in metropolitan cities like Chennai. Solutions to address this and challenges faced by engineers in Operations and Maintenance of RO membranes in Sea Water plants were also discussed.
Delegates from engineering organisations including Tata Project Ltd, Black & Veatch and Toyo Engineering attended the lecture.
Senior members and volunteers of the IET Mumbai LN were present.