Welcome to the anniversary issue of Member Matters. Yes! It is a year now since we launched Member Matters and we are very happy to note that it has grown in popularity with each issue.
For those who are not aware, we have some interesting updates. The IET India website – was launched in January. The website traffic has increased steadily and we are averaging about 7,000 visitors per month.
Join the conversation on our Twitter and LinkedIn Pages and catch all the updates on our events, programme launches and other announcements.
The IET’s presence in the media in India continued to be strong in the first quarter. Energy sector initiatives; response to the IET Scholarship Awards; the IET-Deccan Chronicle Panel Discussion; 40 years of mobile phones; Mr Nigel Fine, IET Chief Executive’s interview with the Hindu and Local Network initiatives received excellent coverage in the press.
Two brand workshops were conducted for the Mumbai and Pune Local Networks in the first quarter of 2013 and Abhishek More and Suraj Chavan have been appointed the respective Brand Custodians.
It has been an eventful quarter already and we have tried to capture the flavour of the activities in this issue. If the first quarter is any indication, 2013 looks to be a very busy and exciting year for all of us. So, look forward to the updates and do write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and Happy Reading.
Azra and Anitha
Welcome back to 2013.
We started the year with two very significant activities. The IET India Scholarship Award for 2013 was launched and I am happy to update you that we had nearly 5,000 applicants from all over India. More than 300 students moved on to the second level and took the online test in March. We are anticipating 70 to 80 of the best students in India to compete for the finals in August.
Professional engineers have been in the forefront of IET’s growth. We hosted two felicitation events in Mumbai and Bangalore to celebrate the success of IET professionally registered engineers. Please read all about this in this issue.
I take this opportunity to formally welcome our newest Local Network – Pune, to the IET family. The IET Local Networks have kick-started the year with a number of activities including SEISCON by the Chennai LN; Technovanza and the IET Karamveer Expo by the Mumbai LN; National Seminar on the Role of Automation in Plant Safety by the IET Kolkata LN; Development of Industrial and Dedicated Freight Corridors by the Delhi LN; Technology Leadership Talk on Smart Power Management and Energy Trends by Bangalore LN. The regional rounds of the 2013 Present Around the World (PATW) competition have taken off in the Pune, Mumbai Delhi and Kolkata LNs while the Bangalore and Chennai LNs are planning their regional rounds.
You will be happy to note that this year the CC-SA (Communities Committee, South Asia) will visit a Local Network every quarter to discuss and exchange updates. The first CC-SA meeting started in Pune and we had a very productive discussion with the members of the Pune LN.
The unique dynamics of a member-driven and volunteer-led organisation like ours requires us to move forward with focus and enthusiasm. In this, I cannot stress more the role that our members and volunteers have to play and I thank them once again for their initiative and hard work.
I am happy to sign off on the note that IET India has increased its member base by 21% from December 2012 to March 2013. I look forward to your continued support in helping to make the IET the most desirable destination for engineers in this region.
In an effort to fortify its student strength, the IET Mumbai LN
visited yet another prominent engineering institution in its region -
Padmashri Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe Patil (PDVVP) College of Engineering, Mumbai.
The visit aimed to introduce the students to the IET Professional Home for Life. The session was attended by engineering students and faculty across all prominent engineering streams of the college.
Rajesh Patwardhan, Joint Secretary of the IET Mumbai LN introduced the IET to the audience. He explained how the association with an international professional organisation like the IET could help them gain the much needed ‘edge’ in their career as an engineer. Rajesh also detailed the benefits of the IET Accreditation programme and the importance of Professional Registrations for academic institutions and professionals in benchmarking themselves as the best among the best.
Chetan Chaudhari, Joint Secretary of the IET Mumbai Young Professionals Section (YPS) walked the students through the various activities organised by the IET Mumbai LN and the IET. Activities like workshops, technical lectures, competitions and other events – were all aimed at helping students and faculty to network and connect with the industry and gain insights and knowledge. Details of the IET India Scholarship Award and the Present Around the World (PATW) competition were also shared.
Cover Page Photo: IET Felicitation Ceremony 2013 – Mumbai
The IET Kolkata LN organised the first Michael Faraday IET India Summit (MFIIS) - a National Conference dedicated to legendary scientist Michael Faraday (September 22, 1791 – August 25, 1867) on November 25, 2012 in Kolkata.
The conference objectives were to explore the deep-rooted linkages between existing and emerging concerns faced by technologists, develop appropriate strategies, decision making tools and create awareness of the best practices in the fields of technology and its applications.
Technical sessions of MFIIS began with a talk by Mr Prakash Nayak (Chairman, IET India Power Panel) on Smart Grids. Mr Nayak took the audience through his presentation on how implementation of Smart Grids would help the power scenario of India at multiple levels. The presentations at the summit spanned an array of topics like control systems, power systems, MIM modelling, instrumentation and measurements, computational techniques and fault diagnosis and monitoring.
108 manuscripts were submitted by authors for this summit. Based on peer reviews, 53 papers were chosen for presentation.
The Young Professionals Section (YPS) of IET Chennai Local Network and Vivekanandha College of Technology for Women, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu jointly organised the 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Intelligent System (SEISCON’12). The three - day conference was held between December 27 to 29, 2012.
Over the last two years, SEISCON has brought together cutting edge research updates and ideas from researchers in the fields of sustainable energy and intelligent systems. This year, SEISCON attracted over 450 technical paper entries. 62 papers were selected after critical review and were presented at the conference.
Krishnaveni Karunanithi, Chairperson, Vivekanandha Educational Institutions inaugurated the conference. Professor Patrick William Wheeler, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK was the Chief Guest at the event. Professor Wheeler shared updates about research in the area of intelligent systems.
Six new IET Student Chapters were formally inaugurated at the event by Mr Prakash Nayak (IET India Power Panel Chair and Chairman of Communities Committee- South Asia) and Dr N Albert Singh, Senior Divisional Engineer, BSNL, Nagercoil. Vidya Ratna Dr M Karunanidhi (Chairman and Secretary, Vivekanandha Educational Institutions) emphasised the importance of the conference which focused on sustainable energy and intelligent systems. He also appreciated the staff and students for their initiative in enrolling 600 student members to the IET Professional Home for Life. Dr M Karunanidhi also urged the students to fully utilise the IET Student Member benefits for honing their skills and enhancing their employability.
G Pandian, Chairman, IET Chennai Local Network, Professor L Ramesh, Chairman, Young Professionals Section, IET Chennai LN and senior members and volunteers of the IET Chennai LN attended the conference.
The IET Bangalore LN organised the third edition of its Technology Leadership Talk on ‘Smart Power Management and Emerging Trends’. The talk was held on January 23, 2013 at the Royal Orchid Hotel, Bangalore.
Mr V Raghupathi, Technical Consultant, Voltech Controls & Automation Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore gave the audience an overview to protection systems that form the heart of any power generation, transmission and distribution network. These protection systems are the core of the network as they protect it from abnormal behaviours and secure the network. A robust protection system is thus imperative for a smarter future in power engineering.
Mr Prakash Nayak, Chair, IET India Power Panel, took the audience through an introduction to Smart Grids and how this technology is poised to become the solution to our ever-increasing energy needs.
The session, was attended by nearly 40 engineers from related industries.
The IET Delhi LN organised a seminar titled ‘Mass Transportation System in Urban Development – Trends & Challenges in India’ on December 29, 2012 at New Delhi.
Over one hundred delegates representing leading public and private sector organisations, government departments, academic and research institutions attended the event.
The seminar showcased presentations on Regional Rapid System for National Capital Region; new trends in Rail Based Urban Transport Globally; development of 25 KV AC ROCS & Neutral Section in Underground Corridor of 5.55; dia tunne; expansion of Metro Railway of Kolkata; Ventilation System Design for Underground MRTS and Kerala High Speed Rail Corridor-Costing and Financial Viability.
A panel under N Venkatesan, Chairman, IET Delhi LN and Dr Sudhir Krishna, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India finalised the recommendations of the seminar.
The Young Professionals Section (YPS) of the IET Mumbai LN supported Technovanza – the annual techno-management Event organised at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Mumbai. The event showcased various competitions that urged engineers to think creatively and apply their academic learning to solving real-time problems. The Mumbai event was attended by over 240 young engineers. Mr Freddy Dinshaw, Chairman of the IET Mumbai Local Network spoke to young engineers about the benefits of joining an international professional organisation like the IET. Speaking at the technical paper presentation event, Rajesh Patwardhan, Joint Secretary, IET Mumbai LN spoke to the participants about the knowledge resources that were available to IET members.
The IET Mumbai Local Network held a working model competition for young engineers as part of ‘Vidyut’ - a technical fest organised by Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai. The event, held in January was open to engineering students specialising in electrical and/or electronics engineering.
Over 15 working models illustrating practical applications of various engineering theories and principles were at display in the one-day event. The models spanned an array of innovative concepts like Heat Sensors, Renewable Energy Generation, Sign Language Interpretation, Automated Control of Railway Bridge and Smart Highway – to name a few.
The teams were judged on their ability to demonstrate the concepts and the feasibility of designs. Mr. Freddy Z Dinshaw, Chairman, IET Mumbai Local Network and Hoshi Irani, Retired Engineer SED, The Tata Power Co. Ltd., were the judges at the event.
Santhosh and his team won the first place for their project ‘Maglave Wind Generator’. The idea of a ‘Motion Sensing PowerPoint Controller’ secured Tanvir and his team the second place at the competition. Kartik Haria and his team won the third place for their model ‘Solar Tracker’.
Pune, the newest Local Network of IET India has commenced its activities and outreach in the region.
IET Pune LN and Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha (MKSSS) Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Pune, jointly organised the IET Mini Project Competition for engineering students. The competition which was held on March 2, 2013 was open to engineering students in their first, second and third year of engineering and attracted enthusiastic participation from engineering colleges of the region.
Mr Amit Chitale (Leader, Connected Vehicles initiative at KPIT Cummins Infosystems)
was the Chief Guest at the event. Sharing his experience in the engineering domain, he
said that being sensitive to a real problem that challenges the society was
equally important as finding a creative solution to the problem. This outlook would help
India to progress from a mere service providing destination to one of innovation and creative
solutions. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony,
Dr Madhuri Joshi, Chairman of the IET Pune Local Network walked the students through IET Student Member Benefits and shared updates about IET India Scholarship Awards.
Mr S P Ranade, a Fellow of the IET shared his experiences with the IET and the world of opportunities that exist for students. He urged the students to become active members and volunteers and engage closely with the IET for their professional development.
40 groups presented their projects in the preliminary round, of which the top seven were selected for the final round. A panel of judges representing both the academia and the industry judged the entries and declared the winners.
A demonstration of Linear Variable Differential Transformer by Aditi Shinde, Sayali Dosh, Siddhi Medhi and Sonam Tilekar won the first place at the competition. Wireless Mobile Charger by Meera Kulkarni and Shweta Tembhurnikar and Bet Set Go by Shikha Mehta, Shikha Singh, Shipra Deshpande and Ankita Purkar got the second and third places respectively.
The Young Professionals Section (YPS) of the IET Chennai
Local Network has embarked on a
mission to organise 100 Leadership
Seminars for the Heads of Departments
of engineering colleges. The seminar
series titled ‘Mission 100’ aims to equip
future leaders with abilities to bring
energy, excitement and involvement to
teams and also to make effective
decisions. The second edition in this
series was organised in January in
Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.
Fifty Heads of Departments and senior
staff of engineering studies attended the
seminar. The session on effective leadership was delivered by Professor Clement Fernando, CEO,‘Born to Fly’.
Speaking at the session, he said, “Leadership, is not a style - it is a set of choices and actions that can be learned.”
The one-day seminar was designed to assist participants to improve their leadership skills and put them to effective use.
Professor M Rajkumar, Faculty Advisor to the IET student chapter of the National College of Engineering, Professor M Mohamed Sitheeq, Principal, National College of Engineering, Professor L Ramesh, Chairman, IET Chennai YPS and Dr Beno, Vice Chairman, IET Chennai YPS attended the event.
Mission 100 is an excellent initiative and we wish the IET Chennai YPS all the best for a happy 100!
IET YPS Chennai organised IET Orange - a one day workshop for life skills training at St Xavier’s Catholic College of Engineering, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu on January 18, 2013.
The workshop which aimed to impart critical life skills to IET Student Members was attended by students from IET student chapters of the region. Over 170 IET student members from Ponjesly College of Engineering, Noorul Islam College of Engineering, Jayamatha Engineering College, Sun College of Engineering and Technology, University College of Engineering and National College of Engineering attended the event. IET Orange was interactive in nature with interesting videos and fun filled activities that made learning a fun experience for the students.
The workshop was conducted by Professor Clement Fernando, CEO, Born to Fly and was attended by
Professor L Ramesh, Chairman, Young Professionals Section, IET Chennai LN, Dr Suresh Kumar, Vice Chair, IET Chennai LN, Dr Marsaline Beno, Vice Chairman, Young Professionals Section, IET Chennai LN.
Mr Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, Chief Electrical Engineer of Central Railways, Mumbai and Mr Kapil Khanna, Head of Rail Engineering Projects (Bangalore), Atkins presented ‘Experiences and challenges of operating and upgrading railways in India’ at the Railway Technical and Professional Networks (Railway TPN) meet held on January 24, 2013. The TPN meet was held at the headquarters of the IET - the iconic Savoy Place in London.
Mr Pradeep Kumar Srivastava talked about the Indian railway network, suburban operations, constraints and solutions, infra structural augmentation and future planning. Mr Kapil Khanna talked about how the size of a country like India and its equally vast and intricate railway network posed tough challenges to both the railway engineers and operators and how these challenges were addressed in the Indian context.
IET India congratulates Mr Kapil Khanna, Head of Rail Engineering Projects, Atkins, Bangalore and Mr P K Srivastava, Chief Electrical Engineer of Central Railways, Mumbai on achieving the Fellow of the IET (FIET) title.
Fellowship of the IET is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated sustained achievements in their profession.
The IET Innovation Awards celebrate the very best new innovations across the breadth of science, engineering and technology in 15 different categories. The award aims to promote new ideas taking shape in both industry and academia, all over the world.
For more details, categories, application forms and deadlines, visit, the IET Innovation Awards webpage.
Bhargava Reddy, first year engineering student of Jain University, an IET India Academic Affiliate, Bangalore can’t stop smiling. After some gritty rounds of punching, kicking and knee strikes, this young martial arts champion has won two medals – a gold and a silver at the 33rd Asian Karate Championship 2013. The annual championship, organised by the Japan Shotokan Karate Association was held at Palakkad, Kerala in February. Bhargava, started learning Karate when he was just six years old and thirteen years of hard work and determination have paid off. He won a gold medal in Team Fighting (black belt category) and a silver medal in Individual Fighting (black belt -70 kg category). Over 1,000 karate enthusiasts from across the world participated in the 2013 Asian Karate Championship.
Bhargava has over 20 National medals to his credit and has proven his mettle at the regional,
state, national and
inter-continental levels. He feels learning and practising Karate has helped him improve his concentration skills. He also believes that engaging in routine practice of this form of martial art has brought about discipline and punctuality to his life thus boosting his self-confidence. So what are the champ’s dreams and ambitions? “My goal is to win a gold medal for my country in the international championship which is organised by the World Karate Federation. My dream is also to start a Karate Academy to promote this form of martial arts and create better awareness about it. I feel the need for self-defence is very high in today’s world and I plan to initiate self-defence workshops for women.”
When asked about his career ambitions, Bhargava says that he dreams of a career in defence. This engineering student has also been an active volunteer in social causes like “Stop Child Labour”. He dreams of representing India in the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
The IET congratulates Bhargava on his outstanding achievements. Here’s wishing you every success in all your personal and professional endeavours.
IET member Mr Gowthaman Selvaraju, Senior Signalling Engineer, WS Atkins Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, has recently been awarded the membership of Institution of Railway Signalling Engineers (IRSE).
The IRSE is an institution for professionals associated with railway signalling, telecommunications and allied professions. Headquartered in London, UK and active worldwide, the IRSE aims to advance the science and practice of signalling and telecommunications engineering within the industry and to maintain high standards of knowledge and competence within the profession. Known for its stringent assessment standards, the IRSE Member status is indeed a coveted one for professionals in the signalling domain. Mr Selvaraju underwent a competence certification procedure and successfully cleared five different modules of assessment before attaining the IRSE Member status.
We applaud and heartily congratulate Mr Gowthaman Selvaraju for his achievement and wish him all the very best in his endeavours!
The International Railway Journal (IRJ) has published an article by IET India member and Chartered Engineer Anil Yadav, titled ‘Traction choices: Overhead AC vs. Third Rail DC’ in its February 2013 issue. Anil Yadav is the General Manager (Electrical) Bangalore at RITES and leads the traction and power supply group. RITES is a consortium of international consultants and is a world leader in the field of urban transport.
The IRJ, published from the UK, is the world’s first globally distributed magazine for the railway industry.
“It is indeed a major achievement for an engineer to have his views published in the IRJ - which is the world’s leading railway journal,” said Anil Yadav. “Being a part of the General Consultant Consortium (RITES, OC, PBI and SYSTRA) and providing general consultancy to Bangalore Metro has given me immense satisfaction. I firmly believe that the Chartered Engineer (CEng) certification of the Engineering Council UK, which I acquired through the IET, has improved my credibility as a competent engineer. It has given me the confidence to share my insights and expertise through this article”, he added.
The article explores the traction technologies available for adoption for upcoming Metro rails. It also analyses the pros and cons of selecting AC or DC on new metro lines.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - felicitated the members who received their Professional Registrations from the IET in India in the year 2012. The Felicitation event was held at Hotel Meluha, The Fern, in Mumbai on March 8, 2013. Dr. J.J. Patel, Advisor of Technology for Crompton Greaves Limited and Mr. Sanjay Patki, Vice President, QA, Information Testing at the Tata Power Co. Ltd., graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.
36 engineers from leading global engineering companies like Black & Veatch and Crompton Greaves were felicitated at the event.
“Professional Registration establishes an engineer’s proven knowledge, understanding and competence. Through professional registrations, the IET in India aims to equip the engineering talent to compete on a global platform. It enriches their career prospects in the employment vicinity and helps them develop and enhance their competence among the global workforce”, said Shekhar Sanyal, Country Head and Director, IET India. He further added ,“In 2012, 54 engineers applied for the Chartered Engineer and Incorporated Engineer registration with the IET, and 47 engineers got their qualifications.“
Engineers also got an opportunity to share their experiences and feelings on what it meant personally and professionally to them on achieving the coveted and internationally recognised Professional Qualifications.
Nearly one hundred professionals from various engineering and technology organisations like Aker Solutions, Arup India, Black & Veatch, Bombay Port Trust, Crompton Greaves, Essar Electrical, Indian Railways, Indian Navy, Jacobs, Reliance Infrastructure and Tata Power witnessed the Felicitation Ceremony. The event also provided a good platform for members of the academia to meet and network with industry professionals. Dr. Archana Bhise Principal of K J Somaiya Engineering College and faculty of Datta Meghe College of Engineering attended the event. Engineering students from K J Somaiya Engineering College offered their enthusiastic and efficient volunteering services.
The IET is one of the largest institutions in the world offering internationally recognised professional qualifications for engineers such as Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng), Engineering Technician (EngTech), ICT Technician (ICTTech). The IET’s professional registrations equip India’s engineering talent to prove their competitiveness in the global market by improving their self-motivation and enhancing their career prospects. In addition, it also provides platforms and opportunities to interact with innovative, influential and inspirational people in the community.
A felicitation ceremony for Professionally Qualified Engineers was held on April 10, 2013 at Bangalore to applaud the success of nearly 20 engineers.
Dr Gopichand Katragadda, M.D, GE India Technology Centre graced the event as the Chief Guest.
Mr L Krishnan, M.D, Taegu Tec India Pvt. Ltd. and Mr Rajesh Kalra, M.D, WS Atkins India Pvt. Ltd. were the Guests of Honour.
The Professionally Qualified Engineers received their certificates from Mr Nigel Fine, Chief Executive of The Institution of Engineering and Technology.
A detailed update on the event will be covered in the next issue of Member Matters.
IET Academic Affiliate, Vickram College of Engineering organised an international conference on ‘Interdisciplinary Engineering and Sustainable Management Sciences 2013’ (ICIESMS) on February 22 and 23, 2013 at the college campus in Madurai. The conference provided a platform for academicians, researchers and practitioners to come together and discuss the latest advances in interdisciplinary engineering sciences.
The conference was chaired by
Dr K Ganesh, Knowledge Specialist, McKinsey Knowledge Centre India Pvt. Ltd. Dr Ganesh stressed on the importance of such events in bringing out some of the best ideas, innovative practices and solutions to further strengthen and aid the engineering ecosystem.
The conference was co-chaired by some of the best engineering minds from across the world like Professor Yves Ducq, University of Bordeaux, France, Dr Matti Muhos, Research Director, Northern Research and Innovation Platform, University of Oulu, Finland, Dr Rika Ampuh Hadiguna, Faculty, Andalas University, Indonesia, Professor James E Yao, Professor, Department of Information and Operations Management, Montclair State University, New Jersey and Professor Lee Tzong - Ru, Professor of Marketing Department., National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan.
IET Kolkata LN National Seminar
The IET Kolkata Local Network organised a National Seminar titled ‘Role of Automation in Plant Safety’. The seminar aimed at highlighting the best practices and safety standards adopted in various process industries like Power, Oil, Gas and Steel.
Full details in the next issue.
Professor Yves Ducq spoke about advancements in the
measurements space and how practices like multi-criteria and
mono-criterion measurement are playing an important role
in the development of
sciences. Drawing from
his experience, Dr Matti
Muhos emphasised the
need for a sustainability
perspective in all areas
of engineering and urged
the engineers to always
consider this aspect while considering solutions. Dr Rika
Ampuh Hadiguna appreciated the selection of the conference
theme and its relevance in today’s engineering context. He
also stressed the need for adapting technologies to counter
the rising pollution levels.
Professor James E Yao and Professor Tzong - Ru Lee highlighted the need for a multifaceted approach to problem solving for the composite engineering problems of the day.
The event featured 254 selected papers and was attended by nearly 370 participants. Mr M K S Sreenivasan, Chairman, Vickram Schools and Colleges and Dr S Nagarajan, Convenor of the conference were also present at the event that concluded on the note to make the world a better and sustainable place for the future generation.
Jain University, a well-established university promoted by the Jain Group of Institutions (JGI) has recently become an IET Academic Affiliate. With its headquarters in Bangalore, JGI is home to over 35,000 students and 3,200 staff members associated with the primary, secondary and tertiary divisions across campuses and centres of excellence. The university strives to turn out 'real-world ready' students.
Jain University is ranked number 22 among the top 50 universities in India, and number one among privately funded universities (as per the survey by India Today, 2012). Undergraduate and postgraduate aspirants can choose from among a wide array of elective courses and interdisciplinary certificate programmes besides being a part of research activities at the university, making education a holistic experience. Close-knit relationships with many professional institutions, both at home and abroad as well as industry connections enhance the professional learning experience, enabling the University to offer courses which are not only relevant to industry but are highly sought after by students and prospective employers alike.
Science and Technology acquire a very significant place in the strategic plan of the University. The School of Engineering and Technology was conceptualised with a vision of meeting industry's growing demand for quality engineers with practical knowledge about the implementation of technology in real life scenarios.
The School of Engineering and Technology (SET) is research focused to help students understand linkages between fundamental research and contemporary developments in the industry.
The undergraduate degree programmes provide a comprehensive foundation in the core topics of Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Information Science and Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Fire Safety Engineering besides offering areas of specialisation that are relevant to emerging engineering challenges.
A postgraduate qualification will provide students with the requisite skills to enhance their career, aspirations for further research in the field and develop a multidisciplinary approach. School of Engineering and Technology, Jain University (SET) is committed towards advancement of education in Engineering. It has dedicated research centres such as the Centre for Emerging Technologies, Centre for Disaster Mitigation, Centre for Advanced Studies in Biosciences and International Institute of Aerospace Engineering and Management
“Education means awareness, analytical and rational thinking, and taking proper judgments at right moments. These essentialities can be fulfilled only if with the conventional teaching, the educational institutions are linked with International technical organisations to get a good exposure and exchange of ideas to achieve excellence in academics. The vision of Jain University is to ‘foster human development through Excellence in Quality Education, Research and Entrepreneurial Development. The tie-up with IET as its Academic Affiliate will construct a golden bridge with SET for sharing and imparting the ideas, hence fulfilling the vision of Jain University. An international professional body like the IET will provide a platform for exploring the innovative thinking and ideas of both the faculties and the aspiring engineers,” said Professor T S Sridhar, SET, Jain University.
We welcome the student engineers and faculty of Jain University to the IET Professional Home for Life!
The IET is pleased to inform our members that we have launched the IET Graduate Advantage exclusively for the final year engineering students.
IET Graduate Advantage is all about employability and helps engineering students launch their career with confidence.
The IET Graduate Advantage helps the final year engineering students to step into the professional world with a head start. For just Rs. 1,000/-, the Graduate Advantage offers final year engineering students a whole host of benefits to launch their career with a big advantage.
Visit http://www.theiet.in/iet-gap.html for details.
- Get eligible for IET Job fair
- Job hunting and interview checklist
- Letter from the CEO of IET to your employer*
- Tips on how to write and build your CV through our online Career Manager
- Certificate and card from IET to show to your potential employer*
- Long and short - term career planning tools
- Mentor from the IET – your guide in the professional world
- Provide you with the technical support and knowledge to help you through your final course year and in your early job days
- Access to the contacts, networks and courses, building your confidence to handle the challenges of your early career
- Use MIET after your name* and use IET email alias, e.g. email@example.com
*when you transfer your membership from Student to Member on completion of your degree course
- A year’s access to deep technical knowledge
- Meet and network with industry leaders
- Free attendance to IET events – for a year
To sign up for the IET Graduate Advantage, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact:
For North & East India: Pragun Sood: (0) 97111493330
For Maharashtra: Rajesh Bhatt: (0) 9769471330
For South India: S. Raghavan: (0) 9538400137
The IET India Scholarship Awards 2013 received entries from nearly 5,000 engineering students including budding women student engineers. The prestigious scholarship award has a total prize money of Rs. 8 lakhs across various categories.
Nearly 300 students took the online test in March. Students who have been selected from the online test will now compete in regional rounds followed by a national level competition for the top honours.
The winners of IET India Scholarship Award will be felicitated at a grand ceremony, in Delhi in August 2013.
The IET Scholarship Awards has been instituted to underline the organisation’s commitment to India’s engineering community and to reward and celebrate individual excellence and innovation among undergraduate engineering students.
Part of the IET’s remit is promoting, recognising and rewarding excellence and it does this through four awards programmes: The Ambition Awards, Achievement Awards, Innovation Awards and Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards. The IET India Scholarship award is aimed at encouraging young people to enter the engineering and technology profession and providing financial support.
IET India and Deccan Chronicle, a leading English daily in South India, jointly held a Panel Discussion on February 25, 2013 in Bangalore to mark the occasion of National Science Day. The objective of the event was to discuss ‘The true challenges holding India back from becoming a science and knowledge driven economy’. It aimed to bring insights and solutions that have the potential to encourage the growth of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects in the country.
The discussion was moderated by S Raghotham, Senior Editor, Deccan Chronicle and the panellists included T V Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education, Professor S S Murthy, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Karnataka, Dr Swami Manohar, Founder, JED-I (Joy of Engineering, Design and Innovation), Ashutosh Chadha, Director of Corporate Affairs (South Asia), Intel, Shekhar Sanyal, Country Head, Institution of Engineering and Technology and G R Abishek, a second year engineering student at R V College of Engineering, Bangalore.
The expert panel steered a highly insightful discussion that touched upon key points including strengthening the fundamental knowledge of STEM subjects in students; enabling a paradigm shift in assessment criteria of students – for both academic grading and recruitment; allowing more autonomy to educational institutions in areas of syllabi and pedagogy; transforming universities from ‘learning centres’ to ‘research centres’ and developing a genuine passion in science among students.
The panel agreed that a controlled education system, outdated pedagogy and the practice of hiring candidates purely based on academic grades are some of the major bottlenecks that have prevented India from becoming a productive and creative economy.
Mr Pai said that Indian universities must aim to become the best destinations for research in the world. He argued that research can no longer afford to stay isolated and be restricted to government institutions. “The pedagogy that exists in our universities does not encourage people to ask questions or seek knowledge. Even IITs have become focused on teaching, rather than research”, he said.
Speaking on the rising number of engineering colleges in the country, Professor S S Murthy stressed on the need for an attitude change in students and the necessity for creating a culture that motivates students to learn and a mechanism that tests their application of learning.
Dr Swami Manohar who runs JED- I, the Joy of Engineering, Design and Innovation, an initiative to make engineering education a lot more fun and creative through a problem solving approach said, “The approach should be- what to learn, how to learn and in what order. That would need a change in the learning, testing and rewarding system that characterises current education”.
Commenting on the pressure faced by students, parents and educational institutions, Shekhar Sanyal said, “By the time the student enters the third year of engineering programme, their parents arrive at the college, with anxious queries about placements.”
Mr Ashutosh Chadha brought an industry angle to the discussion and pointed out that research projects that have real-world applications must be commercialised. He also spoke about mechanisms, regimes and organisations that have to be in place to facilitate knowledge transfer between academia and industry.
G R Abishek, an engineering student and a student member of the IET represented the views of the student community at the discussion. “Interest in science cannot start in high school or college. It has to start right from the formative years. To make it interesting, science must be taught through experiments and not text books”, said this young engineer who also aspires to revolutionise the world through social empowerment.
The panellists concluded that the key to transform India into a knowledge and science driven economy would be to create multidisciplinary programmes that capture curiosity and inspire thinking and creativity of young minds. Greater autonomy in the education sector and fostering industry academia partnerships are certainly the need of the hour.
IET Karamveer Expo
IET Mumbai LN and K K Wagh Institute of Engineering Education & Research, Nashik, jointly organised the 11th edition of the IET Karamveer Expo – an annual project presentation event on March 22 and 23, 2013. The contest attracted 152 projects from students representing nearly 45 colleges.
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IET India Energy Lecture 2013
IET India Energy Lecture 2013 was held in Chennai on April 12, 2013. Dr Simon Harrison, Director, Power, Mott MacDonald presented the lecture ‘Electricity 2.0- the transition to a new world’. Over 170 energy enthusiasts attended the event.
Full details in the next issue.
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