After the successful launch of the Graduate Advantage programme, the Career Advantage Programme has been launched for young engineers working between one and four years from graduation. Read all about it here.
We have an impressive line-up of events between now and December. There’s an event for everyone – student engineers, faculty, young professionals, volunteers, members and leaders of the industry.
After all the hard work during the various preliminary rounds, it is now time to celebrate. We begin with a glittering function to felicitate the winners of IET India’s first ever Scholarship Award this year on August 23rd in New Delhi.
The IET India Advantage Job Fair will be held in September and we are happy to share that we have received nearly 800 registrations so far. For all those who meet the criteria, there will be an aptitude test as the next level of evaluation. Please see details here.
From our Prestige Lectures, we have the Lord Austin lecture on October 25 in Delhi and the Pinkerton Lecture on December 5, in Bangalore. Please stay tuned for details.
The IET India Facebook page was launched in February and we now have 300 fans.
Our new sections in Member Matters - Member Achievements and the IET Knowledge Meter were received well by our readers. In this issue, we have dedicated a section to IET Members to share their membership experience.
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The year 2013 is turning out to be yet another year of milestones for the IET in India.
I am pleased to share with you that IET India will be hosting two events for the first time – the IET India Scholarship Award in August in Delhi and the IET India Advantage Job Fair in September, in Chennai.
All regional rounds of the Scholarship Award 2013 have been successfully completed. Nearly 73 contestants competed in four regions and the best eight will now vie for the winner's crown at the National Finals scheduled on August 23 in Delhi. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each member of the National and Regional juries for setting such high standards and helping us to pick the best candidates for the Scholarship Award. I also convey my grateful thanks to all members of the IET India Scholarship Advisory committee for their time and invaluable support in helping us to set up a rigorous, world-class evaluation and shortlisting process. While I convey my best wishes to the national finalists, I would also like to congratulate those who reached the regional level. It is no mean achievement, considering that nearly 5,000 young engineers applied for this prestigious scholarship.
For the first time ever, a professional body like the IET is conducting a Job Fair for engineering students and young professionals. In the context and growing concern of the knowledge-skill gap in engineering that is impacting the industry, our focus has been to deliver pre-screened, pre-qualified candidates to the participating employers. Please see the related details on our website.
As we continue to grow our presence in India, I am pleased to announce that the IET has opened its third office in Mumbai and I am sure that with the excellent support that we have always had from our Mumbai LN, our Mumbai office will see many successes.
The CC-SA budgeting rounds have happened successfully and the 2014 budgets have been allocated to India and Sri Lanka Local Networks.
The volunteering community in our region will be hosting two mega events in September – the South Asia Present Around the World (PATW) competition in Mumbai and the South Asia Communities Volunteer Conference in Sri Lanka.
I wish you success and look forward to welcoming you at the various IET events.
Best regards, Shekhar Sanyal
The South Asia Community Volunteer Conference 2013 (SA CVC 2013) will bring together over 70 IET volunteers from the South Asia region.
The theme for the Community Volunteer Conference 2012 was
‘Inspire | Engage | Grow’ and we were able to achieve our objectives at
the event to a large extent. However, in a member-driven and volunteer-led organisation like the IET, this theme can never outgrow its purpose. Member engagement and growth, through inspiration will remain a constant goal. So, the 2013 event will strengthen its focus on inspiration, engagement and growth and take this theme to the next level. A unique agenda has been designed to ensure high involvement and sharing by every participating delegate.
We wish all the attendees a successful, memorable event.
A detailed update on the event will be carried in the next issue of Member Matters.
Cover Page Image: IET Events and Local Network activities
After the successful Technology Leadership Talk series, the
IET Bangalore Local Network has established another series of
events under its banner – the Annual Chairman’s
Lecture. The first edition of this Lecture
was held in Bangalore on June 8.
Dr Ajit T Kalghatgi, Chairman, IET
Bangalore LN and Director (R&D)
Central Research Lab, Bharat
Electronics Limited (BEL) delivered the
Annual Chairman’s Lecture. The theme
of the event was “Managing in an
Over the past 20 years, accelerating
progress in science and technology has
stimulated a new age of discovery and innovation. Not only has this changed the business landscape but also forced companies to excel in creating new products, services and business models. Dr Kalghatgi also stressed on the importance of motivating, encouraging and thereby
promoting innovative thinking capabilities of employees in creating an innovation driven economy.
Mr. Prakash Nayak, Chairman, Communities Committee - South Asia (CCSA) gave the audience a snapshot of IET India’s journey so far and also looked at the growth and activities of IET Bangalore Local Network.
Mr Kapil Khanna who recently gained the Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET) title was also felicitated at the event.
Mr Ian Mercer, Head of Global Operations, IET attended the event along with over 50 members from the industry.
The IET Delhi Local Network organised a one-day Seminar on ‘Development of industrial and dedicated freight corridors – a boost to Indian economy’. The event was held on April 23 at New Delhi. The seminar featured two highly insightful technical sessions and a panel discussion with experts from the transport sector.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Guest of Honour, Mr R K Gupta, Managing Director, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) shared the progress of the Eastern and Western freight corridor development projects. Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO & Managing Director, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Development Corporation gave the audience an overview of industrial corridors across the globe, while also offering an Indian perspective.
Chief Guest Mr B K Chaturvedi, Member of the Planning Commission, Government of India, highlighted the major challenges that India faces in areas of energy, urbanisation and transport and the measures taken by them to address these challenges.
A technical session titled ‘Role of Delhi – Mumbai Industrial Corridor in
India’s Economic Growth’ was held to discuss the
latest developments and challenges in areas of freight, rail, and
power. The session was chaired by Mr Satish Kumar, Principal
Advisor (Electrical) &
Ex - Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
A second technical session, ‘Role of Dedicated Freight Rail Network in Development of Industrial Corridors’ was chaired by Mr P N Shukla, Former Director, Operations and Business, DFCCIL. The focus of this session was electric traction, environment clearance and other allied topics of direct impact in the development and progress of industrial corridors.
A panel discussion was also hosted as part of the one-day seminar to discuss the roadmap of industrial corridors in India. Mr N Venkatesan, Chairman, IET Delhi Local Network chaired the session. Other experts on the panel were Mr P N Shukla, Mr A K Dutta, Director of Infrastructure, DFCCIL, Mr V K Dutt, Former Additional Member Electrical, Railway Board, Mr Surjeet Mishra, Director of Research Designs & Standards Organisation and Mr R N Rajpoot, Secretary, IET Delhi Local Network.
IET Pune Local Network and Post Graduate Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dnyanganga College of Engineering and Research, Pune, jointly organised a one-day conference that focused on the latest trends in Mechanical Engineering.
Professor Kakandikar Ganesh M, Head, Post Graduate Department of Mechanical Engineering, Organising Secretary of the event introduced the event objectives to the audience. The conference had two plenary sessions featuring new developments in Mechanical Engineering disciplines. Dr Gabrial Mc Bain, Director, Simufact Engineering,
presented ‘Numerical Modeling in Sheet Metal Components’.
Dr Ahuja B B, Deputy Director, College of Engineering, Pune, took the audience through ‘Manufacturing Wonders’.
The conference also had a Call for Papers section which had received 75 entries. 50 selected entries were presented at the paper presentation competition. Samidha Ingle and Jalees Ahemad won cash prizes for best presentations.
Dr Madhuri Joshi, Chairman, IET Pune Local Network and Dr Shilpa Metkar, Treasurer, IET Pune Local Network were among the attendees.
IET Karamveer Expo –a national-level working model competition in West India was held at K K Wagh Institute of Engineering Education & Research, Nashik, in March. Students from over 44 academic institutions from across the country participated in the 11th edition of IET Karamveer Expo. 152 projects in the form of working models, posters and photographs were showcased at the three-day event. The projects covered various disciplines like environment, biotechnology, mechanical engineering, vehicle automation and renewable energy.
Abhishek More, Ajinkya Bhilare and Chetan Chaudhari from the IET Mumbai LN set up an IET Zone at the event to showcase the IET member benefits. Tushar Chaudhary, National Business Development Manager, IET India, introduced the IET Graduate Advantage Programme to the final year engineering students. An IET Quiz Competition was also conducted.
The event garnered good coverage from the regional and national press.
Below is a snapshot of the key media coverage received:
■ The Times of India: IET Karmaveer Expo, 2013: ‘India needs to spend more on R&D’
■ Gavkari: Karamveer Expo to encourage students
■ Deshdoot: Karamveer Expo inaugurated
■ Divya Marathi: Karamveer Expo inaugurated
■ Loksatta: Karamveer Expo inaugurated
KCG College of Technology, Chennai, organised a series of events in the last quarter. These included workshops on latest technology platforms, a lecture on renewable energy, seminar on mobile applications development and faculty development. Here is a round-up of the key events.
The IET Student Chapter of KCG College of Technology organised a two-day workshop on ‘Research Methodology and Problem Identification’. The objective of the workshop was to motivate faculty members and post graduate scholars to pursue their research interests. Dr G S Mahalakshmi, Assistant Professor, Department of CSE, Anna University, Chennai talked about research methodologies and approaches to problem identification. She urged the attendees to take up challenging research themes.
As part of the IET Academic Affiliate programme, the IET set up a leadership talk for the first year students of KCG College of Technology. The topic was ‘How to become global engineers’ and was delivered by Dr Simon Harrison, Director, Power, Mott MacDonald, UK.
Departments of Computer Science Engineering, Information Technology and Electronics and Communication Engineering, jointly held a workshop on the fundamentals of cloud computing and Aneka platform. Dr Sita Venkatraman, University of Ballarat, Australia illustrated the basic concepts of cloud computing with examples and practical applications. She also demonstrated to the participants, the use of Aneka – a platform and framework to develop distributed cloud based applications.
Smart Phone usage rates across the globe are on the rise and this has opened up a number of opportunities and avenues for creative engineers in the area of mobile applications development. To stay abreast of the latest trends and technologies in this area, students of CSE and IT attended a three-day workshop on Building Mobile Web Applications. P Senthil Kumar, Venu Arvind and Shakthi from Open Soft, Chennai, conducted the workshop for over 100 students. The practical sessions introduced the students to the exciting world of mobile app development platforms.
The IET Kolkata Local Network and the Department of Applied Physics, University of Calcutta, jointly organised a national seminar on the role of automation and plant safety in Kolkata. The one-day seminar that was held on April 6, brought industry leaders to discuss the importance of safety techniques and processes in modern day industrial plants.
Mr Sukhendu Majumdar, Oil Industry Safety Directorate, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, Mr Sugata Bandyopadhyay, Tata Consulting Engineers, Mr Abanibhusan Bera, Rockwell Automation Ltd., Mr B M Sengupta, Mecon Limited, and Mr Siddhartha Guharay, Mott MacDonald, were the speakers at the event. The speakers presented various aspects of safety in industries and stressed on the need for a safety-focused culture among practicing engineers.
Over 70 professionals from leading engineering companies like L&T, Foster Wheeler, DPSC Ltd., and Mott MacDonald attended the event. Participants also included representatives of government bodies like Eastern Railways and Calcutta Electricity Supply Corporation. Prominent academic institutions of West Bengal like MCKV Institute of Engineering, JIS College of Engineering and University of Calcutta were also well-represented at the event.
Asst. Professor, Chennai
Shivani Singh, MIET
Signalling Engineering III, Bangalore
Soham Lodh, MIET
Assistant Professor, West Bengal
Sparsh Bali, MIET
Analyst – Service Delivery, New Delhi
Chetan A Chaudhari, MIET IEng Instrumentation Design Engineer, Mumbai
Akhilamba Venkatesh has become the first person in India to achieve a telecommunications design license from the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE), literally making her a ‘one in a billion’. The IRSE license is a significant marker of competence among telecommunications and signalling engineers.
Akhilamba is a communications design engineer at Atkins and works for Atkins’ rail business. Speaking about her achievement, Akhilamba said: “I am extremely happy to have achieved this milestone; it is an honour to be the first person in India to hold an IRSE telecommunications design license. Going through the licensing process has definitely given me lot more confidence in the design work I do.”
Akhilamba also recently gained her IEng (Incorporated Engineer) professional registration through the IET.
The IET congratulates Akhilamba on her remarkable achievement and is delighted to have an engineer of her calibre as its professionally registered member.
Congratulations Akhilamba and best wishes for your continued success!
The IET also congratulates Hencil Martis and Chiranjeevi Ravi of Atkins on achieving the IRSE assistant telecommunications design license.
Dr Shilpa Metkar, IET member and Treasurer of the IET Pune LN has won the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Career Award for Young Teacher, for the period 2013-2016. The award was instituted by AICTE – the apex body of Government of India advising technical education of the country. The purpose of this three-year award is to identify talented teachers with established competence in their area of specialisation. It also aims to promote their professional growth by enabling them to devote maximum time to research and study.
Dr Metkar has over 12 years of academic experience and currently serves as Assistant Professor, Electronics and Telecommunications, College of Engineering, Pune. This young academician has received research grants from AICTE and has also authored a book titled “Motion Estimation Techniques for Digital Video Coding”.
Congratulations Dr Metkar and wish you many more successes!
IET Chennai LN will host Sustainable Energy and Intelligent System Conference (SEISCON) on December 12-14, 2013. The venue for the event will be K C G College of Technology, Chennai.
For details, please contact S Cloudin, Associate Professor, K C G College of Technology.
T: +91 9444214339
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced the dates for The IET Advantage Job Fair 2013. The two day event, open for engineering students (students, fresh graduates and young professionals with 1- 6 years’ experience) from across India will be held on September 21 and 22, 2013 at KCG College of Technology, Chennai.
Full time engineering students/ graduate engineers of AICTE approved engineering streams from across the nation are eligible to apply for the Job Fair. The applicants will be selected through a three-step robust filtering process that includes an online shortlisting process, an aptitude test and a technical evaluation round. The aptitude test will be held across 14 colleges in India. Shortlisted candidates from the aptitude test will be assessed for their technical skills and knowledge of their engineering stream through a Technical Talent Test. The IET has set up this robust filtering process to ensure that only high calibre; qualified candidates meet the employers on September 22, 2013.
The unique event does not collect any fees either from students / candidates or employers at any stage, to participate the IET Advantage Job Fair. This includes no charges to students/candidates to take part in the aptitude and technical evaluation test.
This one-of-its-kind event will have around 15 companies from relevant engineering disciplines spanning IT, manufacturing, telecom, design, mechanical engineering, computer sciences etc. The Job Fair will also include an internship section for employers to hire candidates for internships in their organisation.
Eligible engineering students from across India can apply for this prestigious Job Fair. A dedicated website has been developed to give details about the eligibility, shortlisting process and other relevant details. Online applications close on August 22, 2013 and the aptitude tests will be held between August 31, 2013 and September 7, 2013.
■ Job opportunities for final year engineering students studying in the year 2013
■ Job opportunities for fresh engineering graduates, passed out in the year 2013
■ Job opportunities for young engineering professionals with 1- 6 years of experience
■ Internship opportunities for 3rd year engineering students of 2013
■ Vacancies across all prominent engineering discipline
To know more about eligibility criteria, selection and evaluation processes, participating companies etc,
please visit: www.theiet.in/advantage-jobfair.html
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The IET is pleased to announce that Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is now IET India’s corporate partner. Established in 1954, BEL has grown into India’s foremost defence electronics undertaking. With over 350 products in the areas of Military Communication, Radars, Sonar Systems, Combat Management Systems, Weapon Systems, Homeland Security, Telecom & Broadcast, Electronic Warfare, Armoured Tank Systems & Electronics, Electro Optics, Professional Electronic Components and Solar Photovoltaic System, BEL is truly a multi-technology conglomerate. BEL also has a range of products for civilian and commercial purposes. These include solar-powered traffic signals, electronic voting machines, Tablet PC and Smart Citizen cards.
BEL is headquartered in Bangalore and has 9 state-of-the-art units across the country. Research and Development has been the core strength of BEL. Over 10,000 highly-trained employees work for the organisation, which takes pride in developing new technology modules and products in-house.
“The IET offers knowledge resources that help me to structure my professional development. The IET research journals, E&T and other magazines in the IET digital library help me to update myself with the recent trends in the technology world,” says a scientist at BEL’s Central Research Laboratory at Bangalore.
The IET’s Digital Library has over 100,000 technical papers that include journals, books, articles, archives, conference publications. We hope that this will be a source of essential engineering intelligence for BEL.
Institute of Technical Education & Research (ITER), under the auspices of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University (SOA), Bhubaneswar, has joined the growing list of engineering colleges in India to become the IET’s Academic Affiliate.
Established in 1996 and later awarded university status in 2007, ITER SOA takes pride in its approach to research and technical education. The University which has eight institutes offers nine undergraduate and 17 graduate programmes. It also offers Ph.D. programmes across multiple disciplines.
As a testimony to its commitment to quality, SOA was recently received an ‘A’ grade accreditation with by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) peer team. The university has also been accredited by the International Accreditation Organisation (IAO) in the year 2011.
A well-stocked and updated library with over 10,500 books and 18,519 titles is available to students. Access to the IET’s vast range of
knowledge resources will strengthen ITER SOA’s library facilities. The SOA infrastructure includes a Wi-Fi enabled campus, multimedia classrooms and well-designed digital labs.
In addition to academic excellence, the university also gives importance to sports and other extra-curricular activities to ensure all-round development of its students.
Speaking on the association, Dr P K Nanda, Dean of Research, Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University said, “Through this association with the IET, our students and faculty will have an opportunity to learn from global experts in different disciplines of science and engineering. Our students will get practical experience and opportunities to participate in global competitions organised by the IET. We feel proud and privileged to be affiliated with the IET and look forward to a strong academic and research focused relationship. We hope that our standards will enhance through this association that will help us meet the accreditation standards of the IET.” We welcome students and faculty of ITER SOA to IET – The Professional Home for Life for Engineers and Technicians.
The IET Career Advantage is a three-year membership programme that concentrates on developing knowledge and experience, providing young engineers with the tools to establish themselves in their career and on the route to professional registration. It’s about giving them more direction, building long term employability and forming a solid foundation for career progression.
■ A 3 year membership package optimised to develop your understanding of the professional standards and skills needed to succeed in the
■ Just Rs 2,200 a year, Career Advantage will equip you to climb the career ladder ad develop essential skills of a
by the provision of knowledge and the support of a worldwide community of your peers.
■ A structured professional development programme to meet your specific needs.
■ Access to credible, essential engineering intelligence for a solid grounding in knowledge, which could help you
deliver a competitive advantage
to your organisation.
■ Access to IET Career Manager - our online development and recording tool.
■ The right to qualify for Professional Advantage – the third and final step in our Advantage programme.
To know more and to apply to IET Career Advantage, please click here.