Over three years, the India magazine has showcased the World of IET through its Member activities and achievements and the Institution's milestones. With this issue, we are celebrating the 3rd anniversary of Member Matters.
We've had a great start to the year with the announcement of the IET India IoT panel in February. The panel will hope to facilitate discussions that will help in making the inevitable connected world more efficient, smart, innovative and safe.
The 3rd edition of the IET India Scholarship Award opened in February to 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate engineering students. I am happy to share that this year we have garnered a record high of 7,000+ applications. The details of the online test and regional rounds will be announced to the short listed candidates. Do stay tuned to more updates.
We held the IET Energy Lecture in Kolkata on April 23rd. Anthony Price, Director Swanbarton Limited & Director, Electricity Storage Network delivered the lecture on - Power, Energy & Time - electricity storage in a renewable world.
In response to the growing relevance of international accreditation, the IET hosted a panel discussion on Quality of Engineering Education in Chennai and Coimbatore. Expert panelists from industry and academia discussed various aspects of technical education, including international accreditation.
In a significant initiative, the IET Mumbai LN has shared an article with us on how the LN will align its activities to the India strategy. The importance of LN alignment to the India strategy of Engagement, Relevance & Financial sustainability cannot be over-emphasised and we are very pleased to see the articulation of Mumbai LN's alignment and plans.
The IET LN's hosted an array of workshops, technical talks, guest lecture and contests for their Members. To know more about the LN events in your region, please contact your LN here.
We hope you enjoy reading all the updates and announcements that we have put together for you in this anniversary edition of Member Matters.
Best wishes,Azra Fathima,
Head - Marketing, Communications & Events
Editor - Member Matters
IoT Panel Launch
IET Mumbai LN Strategy
We are into the first quarter and your institution has been extremely busy with a number initiatives and activities.
Professor Eleanor Stride was awarded the A F Harvey Prize (carrying a purse money of 300,000) for her research into targeted drugs delivery in the treatment of major diseases including cancer and strokes. The IET has also instituted for the first time The IET Medal for volunteers above the age of 35 years.
A medal and certificate will be awarded to the winner, and certificates to the two runners-up, and there will no monetary award. A short-list of three nominees will be released prior to the awards ceremony with the winner being announced at the IET Achievement Awards ceremony.
In India we set off on our new strategy by launching the Internet of Things Panel as part of our focus on sectors and thought leadership. Supported by a high powered global advisory body, the panel is made up of eight members. It has eight working groups in the areas of Agriculture, Healthcare, Retail, Energy, Education, Social Impact, Regulatory & Legal and IoT Labs. The panel has been received very positively by all stakeholders and we have panellists from organisations like Tech Mahindra, GE, Cisco, Tesco, Aditya Birla Group, Philips Healthcare, Infosys, Titan to name a few.
I am very hopeful that the panel will be reaching out to our networks and other interested volunteers in due course.
We also launched the IET India Prestige Scholarship which is in its third edition now. Like every year, the applicants will go through a very tough four-level filtering process over the next 5-6 months. Finally only one winner in the general category and one winner in the women's category will be chosen as the national winners of this Prestigious Award.
With our focus on accreditation, we had Prof. Dik Morling, IET Accreditor & Emeritus Professor University of Westminster, visit us over the 1st quarter. He visited a number of universities and also conducted a number of trainings for volunteers to help us set up an Accreditation panel in India.
The CCSA has decided that The South Asia Community Volunteers Conference 2015 will be held in Mumbai in the month of October. Do stay tuned for more details about dates, venue and conference details.
I hope your year is turning out to be as exciting for you as it is for the IET!
Director & Country Head
The IET Student Chapter at Hindustan University, Chennai was inaugurated in January
Prof S Cloudin, Treasurer, IET Chennai LN inaugurated the Student Chapter.
Dr N Vijayarangan, Senior Scientist, Tata Consultancy Services, Chennai delivered a talk on applications of Big Data. Dr Vijayarangan is an expert in the areas of Information Security, Mobile Computing and Applied Mathematics and holds several patents and academic publications in these domains. He also showed a video presentation representing the future of Big Data Analytics. Dr Rajeswari Mukesh, Professor, Hindustan University also discussed recent areas of development in Big Data Analytics.
Students and faculty of Hindustan University and members and volunteers of the IET Chennai LN attended the event.
The IET Delhi LN organised a one-day workshop and seminar on 'Utilisation of Solar Energy in Indian Metro and Rail Transport' in early January. The workshop was held in the National capital and leaders of two important mass transit systems - the Indian Railways and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation were invited to discuss key technologies, challenges and areas of potential collaboration.
Mr Naveen Tandon, Member Electrical, Railway Board and
Mr Mangu Singh, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) were the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.
Dr Anoop Gupta, Director (Electrical), DMRC highlighted the initiatives taken by DMRC towards utilisation of Solar Energy. He also discussed upcoming projects that would greatly reduce Metro Railways' dependency on the national power grid.
Mr Mangu Singh shared details about the strategic consulting role being played by DMRC in upcoming mass rapid transit systems - both in India and globally. Chief Guest, Mr Naveen Tandon talked about the solar energy initiatives of Indian Railways.
Aman Rajput, Chairman, Young Professionals Section - IET Delhi LN proposed the slogan "Save Polar, Go Solar", to add momentum to the initiatives.
- Use of solar energy in Delhi Metro by Mr Manuj Singhal, CEE/DMRC
- Overview of MNRE initiatives on Solar Energy by Dr A K Tripathi, Senior Director, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy,Government of India
- Rooftop PV system in solar power by Prof Sukumar Mishra, Professor, IIT - Delhi
- Initiatives on solar energy by Northern Railway by Mr A K Singhal, CEGE/Northern Railway
- Paper on 'Green Initiatives on Rail Coaches - A case study of Northern Railways' by Mr Sudhir Garg, CESE/Northern Railways
The Technical Session was chaired by Mr N Venkatesan, Immediate Past Chairman, IET Delhi LN and Mr Anoop Gupta. Some insightful topics discussed in the session were:
- Project Development and Business Models for implementation of solar energy in Metro Corporations by Mr Sandeep Goel of GIZ
- Energy from Waste by Dr Abhishek Asthana, Senior Lecturer, Energy Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University
- Design, Installation and Operation of rooftop Solar photovoltaic plants by Mr Jai Prashanth Parakka of Sun Edition
- Paper on Solar PV installations by BHEL by Mr Amitava Roy, Assistant General Manager, BHEL
Audience for the event include members from industry, academia and government. Mr V K Gupta, Chairman, IET Delhi LN and Mr R N Rajpoot, Secretary, IET Delhi LN, other members and senior volunteers of the LN were also present.
The IET Delhi LN held the 2nd edition of R K Vir Memorial Lecture, 'Solar Energy - opportunities in Rail Sector' in collaboration with Institution of Railway Electrical Engineers (IREE) and IEEE. The lecture was held in memory of Late Mr R K Vir, who was a veteran railway electrical engineer known for his contributions in the field of train lighting systems.
Mr Naveen Tandon, Member Electrical, Railway Board was the Chief Guest. Members from IET, IREE, IEEE and representatives from Government of India attended the event.
The IET Nashik LN organised a National Workshop on Emerging Technologies in Smart Grids. The event was held in December 2014 at K K Wash Institute of Engineering Education and Research, Nashik. The workshop focused on technologies for improving efficiency, reliability, economics and sustainability of production and distribution of electricity and was attended by experts from the industry and academia.
Dr. V. Gomathi, Associate Professor of National Engineering College, Kovilpatti, Tamil Nadu spoke about the field of Soft Computing and its applications. Soft Computing helps in modeling and finding solutions to very complex systems like the systems in the human body.
She discussed the growing importance of Soft Computing applications in engineering research and various research opportunities in this field. She also spoke about the role of Fuzzy Logic Controllers in industrial applications.
Nearly 50 engineering faculty attended the event. Members and senior volunteers of the IET Kanyakumari LN were present.
Samrat Ashok Technological Institute (SATI), Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh - an Academic Affiliate of IET, organised a two-day National Workshop on Signal Processing in December 2014.
The workshop helped participants recognise the expansion of traditional concepts in the fields of 'signal' and 'processing'. Dr S C Dutta Roy, former Professor of Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi, and a well-known researcher in the area of Signal Processing delivered the keynote address.
Dr Rajiv Saxena (Director Jaypee University), Dr S D Joshi (Professor, IIT Delhi), Dr Madhuri Joshi (Professor, College of Engineering - Pune), Dr Seva Nimkar Panda (Chief Technology Officer, ViAn Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Pune), Dr R C Cherukari (Principal, Trinity Institute of Technology and Research, Bhopal) Dr Satish K Singh (IIIT, Allahabad) and Dr S N Sharma (SATI, Vidisha) spoke at the event.
Potential research problems in Signal Processing domains and upcoming areas of research were discussed. Nearly 100 attendees including faculty and post graduate students from leading engineering colleges in India attended the event.
The IET Delhi LN organised a lecture on Big Data in Development Research. Prof S Grover, Campus Director, KIIT Group of Colleges, Gurgaon delivered the lecture.
Big Data is highly voluminous and unstructured data from different sources, such as social networks, banking and financial services, E-commerce services, web-centric services, Internet search indices, scientific searches, medical records, railway/transport services, etc. With Internet penetration and smart phone usage reaching new peaks, huge amount of data gets generated every second. Big Data is therefore 'Big'- as the name suggests and is in the range of Peta and Zeta bytes.
Big Data has opened up avenues for research and also presents employment opportunities. It has given rise to a whole new field called Big Data Analytics which deals with storing, analysing and interpreting Big Data. This finds use in improving businesses, life styles and solving societal challenges. Prof Grover spoke about opportunities available for engineers in this sector.
Delegates from the industry and government attended the lecture. Senior members and volunteers of the IET Delhi LN were present.
The IET Chennai LN organised a Tech Talk on Brain Computer Interfacing and Applications in Chennai. Professor S S Sridhar of Department of Computer Science Engineering (and Vice Chairman, IET Chennai LN) at SRM University, Chennai delivered the lecture.
Using a case study approach, Prof Sridhar started with an introduction of the functions of the human brain and the waveforms it generates The brain generates six types of waveforms and if utilised well, these waveforms could control appliances and devices. This technology could benefit people with disabilities and help them lead a more independent life.
Dr K Vijayakumar, Secretary of IET Chennai LN and Dr E Poovammal, Executive Committee Member of the IET Chennai LN coordinated the event. Members and volunteers of the network were present.
The IET Mumbai LN organised its TechDais Lecture on Functional safety and Safety Integrity Level (SIL). Mr Mandar Phadke, Head of Abhisam Software Pvt Ltd (a company that creates e-learning products for engineers and technologists) delivered the lecture. He has over two decades of experience in processes and has worked extensively with MNCs in India and China. He also heads the Indian arm of Risknowlogy GmbH - a multinational Consulting and Certification Company which deals with risk, reliability and safety.
Mr Mandar introduced concepts of Functional Safety Standards and Functional Safety Management. He discussed industry best practice adopted by companies that practice Functional Safety Management and also spoke about Safety Integrity Level (SIL) and devices that employed SIL.
About 40 professionals representing Technip India Ltd., NPCC, Petrofac, Aker and Black and Veatch attended the event.
Raghava Kumar MIET (working in Rail Engineering Projects team in Atkins, Bangalore) was selected finalist to present his paper at the IET Railway TPN's Best Paper Competition in London.
The 2014 Best Paper Competition for Early Career Professionals was organised by the IET Railway TPN. The competition focused on futuristic themes in transport technology. Technical papers were invited from early career professionals around the world and four finalists, including Raghava, were invited to the global finals, held in London in November 2014.
Raghava's paper titled 'Intelligent Mobility - Present and Future focused on ways to maximise availability and the interoperability of the transportation data.
Dr Madhuri Joshi (Chairman, IET Pune LN) and Dr Shilpa Metkar (Treasurer, IET Pune LN) have co-authored a book titled 'Image and Video Compression: Fundamentals, Techniques and Applications'. Published by Chapman and Hall CRC Press, the book captures demonstrations of various image and video processing techniques employed by the authors in their research.
Congratulations Dr Joshi and Dr Metkar!
SRM University's City Campus in Vadapalani, Chennai is now IET India's Academic Affiliate.
Established in 2009, this campus of SRM University is located at the heart of Chennai city. The campus is equipped with facilities such as laboratories, a well-stocked library, Wi-Fi knowledge centres and Smart Classrooms. Maintaining the university's vision of being ahead in research, students and faculty of the campus are credited with an excellent track record of research publications.
Dr K Duraivelu, Dean of the City Campus, SRM University said, "The IET Academic Affiliate status and Student Chapter gives enormous opportunities for the staff and students to progress in their research activities. They get exposed to emerging trends in Engineering and Technology. They can also showcase their innovative ideas that will improve and enhance their knowledge."
The IET Student Chapter at the city campus with over 100 young engineers was inaugurated in January 2015. Prof Dr S Sathikh, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Madras was the Chief Guest. He spoke to the students about the need for creativity in engineering. Using examples, he empasised how creativity can lead to better engineering solutions.
Dr C Muthamizhchelvan, Director - E & T, SRM University, Prof D S John Deva Prasanna, Chairman (Young Professionals Section), IET Chennai Local Network, Prof S S Sridhar, Vice Chairman, IET Chennai Local Network and other senior volunteers of the IET Chennai LN were present.
We welcome the students and faculty of Vadapalani Campus of SRM University to the IET!
The IET announced the launch of its Internet of Things (IoT) panel in Bengaluru on February 20, 2015. The IET India IoT panel will be chaired by Dr Rishi Bhatnagar, Vice President - Global Head Digital Enterprise Services, Tech Mahindra. The panel aims to be a neutral, authoritative and credible voice for the evolving movement of IoT in India.
One of the most important technologies that will connect all sectors will be Internet of Things (IoT). Across sectors we will see energy, power grids, vehicles, homes, entire cities and manufacturing floors, computers and mobile devices being connected. With 1.9bn devices expected to be connected in India alone, by 2023, IoT and related technologies assume relevance of significant proportions.
Leveraging its position as a multi-disciplinary organisation, IET India has launched its IoT panel. The panel, being a first of its kind in India, will focus not only on the technology but the application aspect of IoT in various segments. The IET India IoT Panel will provide a platform for stakeholders to participate in becoming an authoritative, but neutral voice for the evolving movement of IoT in India.
The panel will also constitute sub panels focussing on the application of IoT in Agriculture, Retail, Energy and Healthcare domains. Each of these sub panels will work towards undertaking neutral pilot, studies and publishing white papers around the application of IoT in the respective domains.
Prof William Webb,
President of the IET
Sir Robin Saxby, Ex Founding CEO &
Chairman of ARM Holdings plc and
former President of the IET
Jim Morrish, Founder & Chief
Machina Research, UK.
Dr Rishi Bhatnagar - Vice President - Global Head Digital Enterprise Services, Tech Mahindra
- Vineeth Vijayaraghavan - Director, Solarillion Foundation
- Shekhar Sanyal - Country Head and Director, IET India
- Ravi Pagar - Regional Director ASEAN - element 14 and
Co-Chair of IET India Development Panel
- Shyam Menon - Investment Director - Infuse Ventures
- Joy Rajan Cheruvathoor, Sr. VP - Strategic Alliances & M2M,
Vodafone Business Services
- Dinesh Chand Sharma, Director - Standardization, Policy and Regulation, (SESEI - Seconded European Standardization Expert in India)
- Babu Narayanan, Senior Principal Scientist, GE Software Research
February 20, 2015
Bishwanath Ganguly - Chief Curator- Aditya Birla Centre for Retail Excellence (ABCRE)
Subramianiam Devarajan - Head of aEngineering and
Technology - DevOps - Tesco HSC
Ajoy Chawla, Sr VP - Strategy & Biz. Incubation, Titan
Antony Mariasundaram - General Manager- Power & Water Engineering, GE
Mukesh Taneja - Principal Engineer, Cisco Systems
Sivan Menon - CTO -SW - GE Healthcare
Ravi Ramaswamy - Senior Director & Head - Healthcare at
Philips Innovation Campus
Kiruba Shankar - CEO, BusinessBlogging
Shyam H N - Co-Founder & CEO Snowman Branding Services Pvt Ltd
Rudrappa Thimmaraju - Strategy & Delivery Lead, Asia Pacific RNDIT, Monsanto
Nagasai Arun Panchakarla - Co-Founder, SensiBridge
Puneet Kinra - Managing Partner, Kin Advisors LLP
Ashish Sinha - Founder & Director, NextBigWhat.com
Francis Xavier - Chief Technology Officer, Ganymede Solutions
Regulatory & Legal
Sheahan Verghese - Founder & Managing Partner, TLA
Amit Bansal - Managing Director - Hed-X
"Everything connected to everything else is deeply philosophical" - Mustafa Wajid, Chairman of IET's Communities Committee - South Asia
Whitepaper on IoT titled 'The Next Horizon - Internet of Things: A Business Must', by Dr Rishi Bhatnagar.
The attendees put forth their expectations from the IET India IoT Panel and suggested areas where the panel could contribute.
Some of the suggestions included gaining perspectives of end users of IoT, services to make agriculture better, contributions to IoT curriculum, advisory role to start-ups and guidance on reducing IoT implementation costs.
The IET Pune LN inaugurated the 'Women in Engineering' group on February 6, 2015 in Pune. The group will be a platform for women engineers to collaborate and discuss challenges related to their engineering career, research etc. The group also aims to work towards making core engineering a desired career option for women.
The panel has initiated a study on quality of work environment available for women in engineering organisations. Data has been gathered from women engineers working in various engineering verticals - hardware, software, mechanical and also educational institutions.
A panel discussion on Challenges of Women in Engineering was organised as part of the launch event. The panel comprised of senior women engineers from organisations including DRDO, Tata Motors, Tech M Centre Council, PSPL, Air Force School, VIT College of Engineering and IIT Bombay. The panel discussed the importance of having a good working environment, effective feedback mechanisms at workplace, good work-life balance, government incentives and grants for research among other factors that greatly help the progress of women engineers.
The event had over one hundred attendees from academia and industry.
Dr Madhuri Joshi, Chairman, IET Pune LN and Dr Shilpa Metkar, Treasurer, IET Pune LN led this initiative.
The IET's newly formed Local Network in Kanyakumari organised its first Technical Talk in December, 2014.
Dr G Kanthaswamy Ganapathy, Technical Specialist, Geometric Systems Ltd, Chennai,discussed recent developments in the fields of Modeling, Simulation and Control of Dynamic Systems.
Dr Kanthaswamy stressed on the need for faculty to stay up-to-date with the applications of these technologies. He discussed issues in the field of control systems and modeling of processes in industrial applications. A live demonstration of dynamic systems modeling using MATLAB was also done.
Over 40 engineering faculty from various engineering colleges attended the lecture.
Office bearers of the IET Kanyakumari LN - Dr S Joseph Jawhar (Chairman), Dr N Albert Singh (Honorary Secretary), Prof Subiramoniyon (Treasurer) and Dr C Agees Kumar (YPS Secretary) were present.
IET Student Chapter Inauguration
The IET Student Chapter at Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering, New Delhi (BVPCOE) was inaugurated in January 2015.
Delhi LN Chairman Mr Vijay Gupta and Mr R N Rajpoot, Secretary joined the inauguration ceremony. They welcomed the students to the IET Professional Home for Life and offered the LN support for their activities.
Azra Fathima, Head of Marketing, IET India, spoke to the students about various opportunities that were available and urged them to participate in competitions like PATW, Scholarships and the YPC Global Challenge.
Prof Dharmendra Saini, Principal of BVCOE, Ms Kusum Tharani, HOD of EEE department and volunteers of the IET Delhi LN were present.
We wish BVCOE IET Student Chapter all the very best and urge student members to share their key activities on IET India Facebook page
IET Chennai LN organised technical workshops, guest lectures, a technical symposium, online web designing contest and motivational lectures in the months of January and February.
Snapshot of key activities:
IET Academic Affiliate, KCG College of Technology organised a workshop on programming basics. The workshop helped students improve their programming skills in areas such as pointer usage and algorithm evaluation. It gave them pointers to writing speedy and memory efficient programmes.
A workshop on GPS surveying led by Mr Raghavan, Head of Operations, Indian Geo Informatics Centre, Chennai was also organised. Issues in collection of data for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) were discussed.
A workshop on implementing Solar Energy was organised in RMK College of Engineering and Technology. The workshop helped participants understand feasibility, viability and role of government policies in implementing solar energy technologies. SKR Engineering College organised a workshop on LabVIEW and its applications for students. LabVIEW is a tool used in data acquisition and scientific application development. Combat Vehicles Research and Development, Chennai and VI Solutions, Bangalore jointly held hands-on sessions on various modules.
Activities at Swarnandhra College of Engineering and Technology, Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh included a technical symposium titled Technosket on structural engineering, training sessions on interview preparation and image processing using MATLAB. Over one hundred teams participated in 'Webolve' - a webpage designing contest organised by SRM University. Students had to create web pages with innovative interfaces and features as part of the contest.
Hindustan University held a guest lecture on Big Data Analytics. The lecture was delivered by Dr Vijayarangan, R&D of TCS, Chennai. Tools and applications used for Big Data Analytics and Hadoop were discussed.
The IET Kolkata Network has announced the Michael Faraday IET International Summit (MFIIS 2015) - an international conference power, control and automation. The event will be held between 12 and 13 September, 2015 in Kolkata.
Technical papers on themes including control systems, drives and automation, power systems, instrumentation and measurements, power electronics and other topics in the Energy sector will be presented at the event. For more updates on MFIIS 2015, please visit the conference website here.
The Young Professionals Section of the IET Kolkata LN organised a site visit for Electrical Engineering students of Techno India College. The team visited the transformer manufacturing plant of Eastern Transformer Equipment Limited, Kolkata.
Technologies and processes involved in manufacturing transformers were demonstrated to students. Students had the opportunity to see theory in action and they interacted with site engineers to gain clarity on concepts.
The IET Kolkata LN organised a two-day workshop on process instrumentation technologies at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The workshop introduced participants to theory and applications of industrial instrumentation, control and automation.
The IET Kolkata LN organised a two-day workshop on process instrumentation technologies at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The workshop introduced participants to theory and applications of industrial instrumentation, control and automation.
Experts representing industry and academia delivered talks about the recent developments in the field. Prof Alok Kanti Deb of IIT Kharagpur discussed recent trends in automated guided vehicle systems and Automation of Cars. Prof Rajib Bandopadhyay of Jadavpur University delivered a lecture on electronic olfaction and taste and the technologies involved in designing of Artificial Nose and Tongue.
Prof S K Mishra, Chief Scientist, CSIR - IMMT, Bhubaneswar discussed concepts of process instrumentation and Prof Arun Ghosh of IIT Bhubaneswar explained PID Control and applications.
R Mahalakshmi, Head of Training Department, Yokogawa India Pvt Ltd summarised a few significant details about Distributed Control Systems. These are latest Production Control Systems equipped with d intuitive human machine interface and more powerful field control stations capable of processing data faster and more reliably.
Students and faculty of KIIT University attended the event.
IET Kolkata LN and MCKV Institute of Engineering organised an International Conference on Computing, Communication and Manufacturing in Howrah, West Bengal. Technical papers covering recent developments in the field were presented.
Dr Subhas Mukhopadhyay from Massey University, New Zealand delivered the keynote address.
Technotica 2014 - a technical project exhibition and presentation competition for engineering students was also organised by the IET Kolkata LN at MCKV Institute of Engineering. Students presented over 50 innovative projects, of which the best were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges.
Mr T V Ramachandran, Honorary Fellow of the IET was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Voice and Data Telecom Leadership Forum 2015. He was awarded for his invaluable contributions to the Telecom sector.
Congratulations Mr Ramachandran!
The IET India strategy for 2015 - 2017 was articulated and finalised in 2014. The strategy has a clear focus on building value through Engagement, Relevance and Financial Sustainability.For more details please read here.
IET India Local Networks are also working to align their activities with the IET Strategy. Their approach will include conducting events in the focus sectors; a renewed focus on financial sustainability and consciously planning activities that will create engagement opportunities with members and subject matter experts to deliver lasting value.In this issue, IET Mumbai LN shares its plans to align its activities to the IET India strategy.
IET Mumbai LN aligns activities to India strategy of Engagement, Relevance & Financial Sustainability
Engagement, Strategic Alignment and Sustainability form the core of IET Mumbai LN's efforts. IET Mumbai LN Chairman, Mr Pravin Patil outlines the Network's approach.
The IET Mumbai LN strategy is articulated below.
When people matter - At the heart of it all
The IET India strategy for 2015 - 2017 was articulated and finalised in 2014. The strategy has a clear focus on building value through Engagement, Relevance and Financial Sustainability.. For more details please read here.
IET India Local Networks are also working to align their activities with the IET Strategy. Their approach will include conducting events in the focus sectors; a renewed focus on financial sustainability and consciously planning activities that will create engagement opportunities with members and subject matter experts to deliver lasting value. We discussed extensively with industry experts in Mumbai to design a programme, which would motivate young children to choose STEM subjects and eventually pursue a career in engineering. We agreed that we had to catch them young and support them at the critical stage where they made their career choices.
The NICE - Nurturing Intelligent and Curious Engineers programme launched in 2014 by the IET Mumbai LN in association with the K J Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology was born out of these efforts. NICE aims to harmonise scientific curiosity, enthusiasm and social perspective among student engineers. It also provides a platform for graduating engineers to create awareness amongst prospective engineering students and develop their sensitivity towards social problems. The competition is open to pre-university students in science streams and engineering students across Maharashtra.
The unique format of NICE helps us engage school children, engineering students, educational engineering institutions and industry at various levels.Alignment
The IET is a member-driven organisation. We conduct our events/programmes for the benefit of our own members based on the demands and needs of our members and we are in turn supported by members. We strive to align our activities to the IET strategy and ensure that the outcomes are consistent.
Financial independence will bring sustainability to these activities. It is a vision of the IET Mumbai LN to make our initiatives financially sustainable and we aim to do this by engaging industry stakeholders and bringing in sponsorships.
Thank you IET Mumbai LN and wish you all success in your endeavours!
We invite other LNs to share their plans on strategy alignment.
The IET organised Panel Discussions on Quality of Engineering Education in Chennai and Coimbatore. Expert panelists from industry and academia discussed varied aspects of technical education and areas of focus for institutions.
The importance of international accreditation of engineering courses, outcome based education, continuous professional development and industry-academia interactions were some of the topics covered.
Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Chennai was the Chief Guest at the Chennai event that was held at IIT Madras Research Park. He discussed the importance of professional societies like the IET and the role that it could play in community development.
- Prof Dik Morling, IET Accreditor & Emeritus Professor University of Westminster, UK
- Prof C R Muthukrishnan, Former Deputy Director, IIT Madras
- Dr C Muthamizchelvan, Director (E&T), SRM University
- Mr E V Krishnan, Ex Senior Vice President, Murugappa Groups
- Mr Shankar Vanavarayar, President, Kumaraguru College of Technology & Executive Director of Shakthi Groups
- Mr Sujith Kumar, Business Head - HR, Infosys
- Focus of engineering education should move from output to outcome based. It should help students and faculty achieve specific goals as opposed to relying on outputs like placements and marks.
- Tier 2 engineering institutions are placing undue importance on placements. They should be able to see beyond placements and treat jobs as a by product of quality engineering education.
- Affiliated institutes should take charge and get innovative in their pedagogy and content delivery rather than blame the state technical institutes for curriculum and processes. Success stories of colleges who have done this well were shared.
- Student mindset also requires a change from being focused on scores to one that is driven by a desire to learn. Ways in which faculty could encourage this mindset change was also discussed.
Nearly 50 senior academicians representing leading institutions in Chennai and Coimbatore attended the events.
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A record 7,000+ engineering students from across India have applied to the 2015 IET India Scholarship Award. The Prestige Award has been designed `to reward and celebrate creativity, excellence, innovation and leadership among undergraduate engineering students. The total scholarship prize money is Rs 8,00,000.
The online tests for shortlisted students will commence by mid-April. Students who clear the test will present their unique engineering solutions to problems at the regional rounds. The winners from each of the regions will compete at the national finals to win the crown.
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