As the year draws to a close and we prepare for the New Year, I would like to thank each one of you for your contribution to the IET and its goals and wish all of you and your families a very successful New Year. At the same time, our thoughts and prayers go out to thousands of people including a number of our members who have been affected by the Chennai floods. A number of them have lost significant part of their possessions and are in the process of rebuilding their lives. We pray that they are able to leave the impact of this terrible calamity behind and move forward quickly.
Your Institution has continued to grow significantly in 2015. Our membership has grown to approximately 166,000 of which close to 12,500 members are from India itself. This makes India the biggest region for the IET outside of the UK.
2015 has been a year of many firsts for the Institution. Naomi Climer became the first woman President of the IET in its history. It was also a first time that an IET President took office in India. Naomi's first official engagement as President was to attend a Local Network and Academic Affiliate meeting in Pune. She then went to attend the South Asia Community Volunteers' Conference in Lonavala.
The South Asia CVC saw close to 100 volunteer members converge together to review the year gone by and plan for the next few years. Aside from Naomi, the IET’s Chief Executive, Nigel Fine and Head of Communities, Alex Taylor also attended the conference. On the eve of the conference we saw the CCSA, the IDP and the Sector Panels meet at the same venue.
This year also saw the launch of the Internet of Things panel. In a few months since its inception, the IoT panel has organised two conferences and published a white paper. With close to 32 members and 8 working groups, the IoT panel is taking long strides in evangelising IoT in India.
We also launched the pilot for the Faraday programme, aimed at helping school children between the ages of 5 and 19 get excited about learning STEM subjects. A high power committee has been formed to guide this pilot.
In India we brought out our first ever IET Engineering Admissions Trends report. This report was based on an extensive survey commissioned by us to study the trends in engineering education and student intake. Our Prestige Lectures and Scholarship Awards continued to connect the current and the next generation of engineers to cutting edge engineering research and work happening around the world.
2016 will be a very important year for the IET in India as we start to consolidate the 3 year strategy that we started implementing in 2015.
And finally, before we sign off for the year, you will be happy to know that the iconic Savoy Place has reopened after renovations lasting little over 2 years. We do hope that if you are in London anytime soon, you will take out some time from your schedule to pay a visit.
I hope the year was as eventful for you as it was for the IET and the New Year holds as much promise for you as it does for the Institution. Wishing you a wonderful, successful and fun filled NewYear!
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KCG College of Technology, Chennai held its annual project presentation competition – ‘IET Young Mind Challenge’ in September. The initiative led by the college’s innovation cell (i-CELL) aims to reward innovative research projects while also helping them with funding.
The theme for this year’s competition was the Internet of Things (IoT). 27 of the 60 projects received were shortlisted for exhibition. These projects leveraged the potential of IoT to enhance interconnectivity of machines and personal/smart devices. Projects included innovative solutions for day–to-day problems including smart transportation and control, farm
and waste management solutions, energy and health monitoring devices, among others.
Mr Dorai Thodla, Founder & CEO, iMorph Inc. and Dr Sumathi Poobal, Vice Principal, KCG College of Technology evaluated the entries. 12 projects were selected for funding by the judges.
Senior faculty of KCG College of Technology -
Dr T Rengaraja (Principal), Prof S Cloudin (Head of Department - Computer Science Engineering) and Mr V P Sreekantha Kumar (IET Faculty Coordinator) were present.
The IET organised a two-day workshop titled ‘Basics of RAMS and Introduction to CENELEC’ for railway signalling engineers of Atkins in Gurgaon.
18 engineers from the Bengaluru and Gurgaon divisions of Atkins attended the workshop that introduced participants to standards of the European Committee for Electro-technical Standardisation.
Dr Mukul Verma CEng (President – Signalling and Safety Systems, Himachal Futuristic Communication Ltd., Delhi) and Dr Ajeet Kumar Pandey MIET (System Assurance Manager – Doha Metro Project, Doha) facilitated the workshop.
The workshop was customised by the IET to match the requirements of signalling engineers at Atkins. Concepts including RAMS analysis – progressive system assurance, Fault tree analysis, Event tree analysis and Reliability block diagrams were discussed. The facilitators also did a deep dive of CENELEC standards – 50126, 50128 and 50129
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KCG College of Technology, Chennai organised a one-day national conference on computing technologies in October. The event was held for undergraduate and postgraduate students, professional developers, research scholars and faculty.
Dr S Amar Prasad Reddy, Additional Director General of National Cyber Safety and Security Standards, Chennai was the Chief Guest. Dr Reddy focused on the complex networked ecosystem that we all work in as a result of the widespread use of smart devices and personal gadgets employing Internet of Things (IoT). He also discussed the growing importance of network security in a connected, digital world and
the opportunities that exist for young engineers and enterprises in this space.
Dr E Poovammal, Professor, SRM University and Dr M M Ramya, Professor, Hindustan University chaired the technical sessions. 17 papers were presented in areas including Cloud Computing, Wireless Sensor Networking, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Cryptography and Network Security, Fuzzy Logic and Mobile Ad Hoc Network.
Senior staff members of KCG College of Technology and office bearers of the IET Chennai LN were present.
Ms Naomi Climer began her first day as President of the IET with a talk at the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP). COEP, which recently completed 160 years of establishment, is one of Asia’s oldest engineering colleges and also an IET Academic Affiliate.
Prof Madhuri Joshi, Chairman of the IET Pune Local Network provided an update on ‘Women in Engineering’, a Pune LN initiative which is working to incentivise and support women entering core engineering careers.
Speaking to students and staff at the college, Ms Naomi Climer talked about engineering as a career and also shared her experiences. “Engineering is a hugely exciting and diverse career with the opportunity to do something – life or world-changing. But there is a big job to do in increasing public understanding of the important role that engineering plays in their daily lives and get more young people excited about the possibilities of an engineering career. There’s something for everyone in an engineering career”, she said. Prof S L Patil, Dean of Student Activities, COEP felicitated Ms Climer.
The Young Professionals Section (YPS) of the IET Kanyakumari Local Network has recently added two new Student Chapters. This takes the total number of IET Student Chapters to 16.The new Student Chapters are Mar Ephraem College of Engineering & Technology, Ellavuvilai and Vins Christian College of Engineering, Nagercoil.
The Student Chapter at Mar Ephraem College of Engineering &
Technology was inaugurated in September by Rev Fr Prem Kumar
(Correspondent, Mar Ephraem College of Engineering & Technology)
in the presence of Dr S Joseph Jawahar (Chairman, IET
Kanyakumari LN) Chief Guest of the event. Dr Marseline Beno
(Chairman – Young Professionals Section, IET Kanyakumari LN)
showcased ‘Know your IET’ – a presentation that explained the
benefits of IET Membership.
Dr A Lenin Fred, Principal and Prof Manoj, Faculty Advisor were also present.
The IET Student Chapter at Vins Chirstian College of Engineering was inaugurated in October. Dr V Christus Jeyasingh (Treasurer, IET Kanyakumari Local Network) was the Chief Guest. Angelin Indira (Runner up – South Asia PATW 2015) summarised her PATW journey and shared her experience with the IET
Senior representatives of Vins management Dr Gavasker Vincent (Secretary) and Dr Alex (Principal) along with members and volunteers of IET Kanyakumari LN attended the event.
The IET Nashik Local Network organised the TechDais lecture on ‘Implications of Shale Oil and Gas for the Power Grid and Evolving Generation Technologies’. David Johnson, an expert on Ultra High Voltage (UHV) and Extra High Voltage (EHV) Switchgear Technologies delivered the lecture.
Shale oil and gas are produced from shale rock fragments. This unconventional energy source has become an increasingly important means of producing natural gas in the United States in recent years. Interest in shale gas has also spread to the rest of the world as shale deposits probably hold the answer to the world’s energy crisis.
Drawing from his experience of over three decades in technology
and management, David talked about huge investments that are underway for shale gas projects and resulting opportunities. Delegates from industry and academia attended the event.
In another edition of the TechDais lecture series, A K Das, Project Director, Louis Berger Group of Consultants discussed challenges involved in Design, Construction and Financing of Mumbai Monorail Project. The master plan of Mumbai Monorail Project proposes construction of 8 lines at an approximate cost of $ 3 billion. A K Das highlighted measures that were being taken by engineers working on this massive project to ensure world-class standards and security. Nearly 70 engineers from related sectors attended the event.
A faculty development programme was also conducted on the topics Energy and Power Quality Management and High Voltage Engineering. Postgraduate students, research scholars and faculty members from leading engineering colleges attended the programme. Dr B E Kushare, Chairman, IET Nashik LN (Power Quality Consultant and Certified Energy Auditor), Dr R Venkatesh, Secretary, IET Nashik LN (President, Power Quality Solutions, TDK EPCOS) and Mr John Yesuraj, Vice Chairman, IET Nashik LN were also present.
The IET organised talks by Dr Robert Pepper, Vice President, Global Technology Policy, Cisco for its Academic Affiliates Hindustan University and SRM Vadapalani campus, Chennai in July.
At the Hindustan University talk, Dr Pepper gave an introduction to the concept of IoE and explained how IoE created a networked connection of people, data, process and things. City, state and federal governments, as well as other public-sector organisations around the world are leading the way in bringing the Internet of Everything to life. The Internet of Everything could generate $4.6 trillion in value for the global public sector by 2022 through cost savings, productivity gains, new revenues and improved citizen experiences. In the near future, many job opportunities will emerge through the advancement of IoE.
The talk concluded with an interactive session related to the effect of IoE on Green Computing, Power Management, Internet Protocols and Internet Node Index.
Nearly 400 students along with the faculty of Hindustan University attended the talk.
At SRM University, Dr Pepper talked about the ways in which IoE is taking us closer to a connected future. He discussed how technologies like wireless communication, Internet, embedded systems and MEMs are helping experts make sense of discrete data to make smarter decisions. Applications of IoE in environmental monitoring, infrastructure management, energy management, manufacturing, transportation, medical and healthcare systems were also covered.
The session also provided an opportunity to students and faculty to engage in an informative Q&A session.
Dr Rishi Bhatnagar, Chairman of the IET India IoT panel has been conferred ‘Digital Thought Leader 2015’ award for his contributions towards Adoption of Internet of Things & Data Analytics. He is among 25 Digitalist Thought Leaders awarded by SAP at the SAP ACE awards.
www.myautobiography.in, founded by
Mr Yogesh Kochar (Chairman, IET Faraday India Committee) has been awarded ‘Most Innovative digital media’ at the 8th ICT World Communication Awards and National Education Awards.
Congratulations Dr Bhatnagar and
KIIT was established as an educational institute in 1997 and was designated as a university in 2004. The university houses over 20,000 students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies. KIIT University holds a placement record of 100 per cent for its graduating students.
The faculty strength of the university stands at 1,800 with academic and research staff drawn from over 13 countries. Many of them are considered leaders in their fields and hold various patents and research grants, and regularly attend international conferences, symposiums and workshops. A well-equipped research ecosystem at the institute has enabled students and staff to publish nearly 900 research papers and book chapters in national and international journals.
KIIT focuses on providing industry exposure to its students and organises several colloquia and symposiums featuring world-class speakers. Several Nobel Laureates have been invited to the university to deliver talks. The university has also signed MoUs with more than 80 universities globally.
Walchand College of Engineering (WCE), Sangli, Maharashtra has come on board as an IET Academic Affiliate. Formerly known as the New Engineering College, WCE was started by Shri Dhondumama Sathe to provide engineering education to students in and around Sangli.
The college offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in major engineering streams. It has close ties with industry, including MoUs with businesses such as John Deere, SandRiver Technologies and Tata Technologies, with whom the college is running courses in 3D PLM.
WCE focuses on imparting high quality technical education in line with current trends in technology. The faculty strives to develop professional skills of students and inculcate in them a sense of commitment towards society.
Rungta College of Engineering and Technology is located in Chhattisgarh and operates in two campuses – one in the industrial town of Bhilai and the other in the capital city of Raipur. The college offers 8 UG Programmes, 6 PG programmes and 11 PhD Courses.
Rungta is focused on providing a world-class learning environment to its students, complete with high end labs, modern learning aids and robust infrastructure. In its endeavour to create professionals who are globally competent, Rungta ensures that a well-devised and thought- through module of learning is practised.
As part of its activities to strengthen industry-academia ties, the college has been accredited by companies including Tata Consultancy Services, Capgemini, Wipro, Accenture, SAP, Practo Technologies, AMDOCS and Tech Mahindra. Additionally the college has signed MoUs with Hira Group, Kirloskar Brothers and TATA International for undergraduate training and recruitment programmes.
Dr Sourabh Rungta, Director Technical, Rungta Group of Institutions says, “We feel our association with the IET will help improve the overall teaching- learning ecosystem of our group. We hope that there will be multiple levels of interventions from the IET that will help us to sharpen the technical acumen of our students. We would love to work closely with the IET to get suitable exposure for our students and faculties in the latest happenings in the world of technology. We want that all our students leverage the platform provided by the IET through this association.”
Rajarambapu Institute of Technology (RIT), Uran Islampur, Maharashtra is one of the newest IET Academic Affiliates.
RIT runs seven undergraduate and eleven postgraduate programmes and coordinates three doctoral programmes for Shivaji University. Established in 1983, the institution is also recognised for its contributions towards development of society. The institute is a proud recipient of the State Award for Educational Institutes and Certificate of Appreciation for exemplary contribution towards computer literacy.
RIT has provisional registration for 23 patents. It is rated
The Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Conferences were held in Pune and Bengaluru as part of the UK-India Manufacturing Week. The conference in Pune focused on manufacturing technologies and opportunities in the automotive sector. The Bengaluru event explored new trends, latest advancements and implications of technologies in the aerospace sector. The events showcased UK and India’s research and innovation strengths, and manufacturing opportunities in the automotive, aerospace and defence sectors. They also encouraged companies and researchers to explore collaboration and trade opportunities between the two countries. The events in both cities saw participation from representatives of UK companies, researchers and technology leaders.
The Bengaluru conference discussed new trends, latest advancements and implications of technologies in the aerospace sector. The event featured expert speakers across three sessions dedicated to Composites, Digital Manufacturing and IoT. The sessions were followed by the IET Lord Austin lecture on ‘Building a civilian plane: trends, challenges and lessons for India’.
Senior engineering professionals from organisations including Atkins, Boeing, Delcam, ISRO, IISc, NAL and Tata to name a few, attended the event.
Some key take-aways from the panel discussions:
- “With emphasis placed upon the importance of knowledge transfer and close co-operation with internal and external engineering companies and partners, India presents a unique opportunity to establish a strong aerospace presence in the global market. Industry-academia collaboration in aerospace can help improve readiness and deployment of research projects” – David M Lindley, Chairman, IET Aerospace TPN.
- “Digital manufacturing helps streamline digital processes, reduce human errors and optimise manufacturing” - Mr Vineeth Seth, Managing Director – South Asia & Middle East, Delcam.
- “Interactions between humans and work-pieces in a process environment is a cyclical process and simulation at early stages of manufacturing can help make processes better” - Prof Ashutosh Tiwari, Professor of Manufacturing Informatics, University of Cranfield, UK.
The annual IET Lord Austin Lecture was held as part of the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Conference in Bengaluru. Dr Pablo Bermell-Garcia, Research Team Leader at Airbus Group delivered a lecture on ‘Building a civilian plane; trends, challenges and lessons for India’. The lecture focused on the growth of civil aviation in India that according to latest reports is set to be the third largest aviation market by 2026. Given the strategic nature of the aerospace industry and the high skill level of jobs that it can deliver, Dr Garcia stressed on the need for a proposal; not only for building a plane, but also for building capacity in aerospace related manufacturing, infrastructure and design skills. He highlighted the trends and challenges in building a civilian plane through case studies on similar projects worldwide. The lecture carried insights on the global industry trends, innovation and suggestions in the aerospace sector for India to consider.
We have planned a rich mix of sector-led events for 2016. The calendar below will give you a heads-up of what’s in store. Please stay tuned to www.theiet.in or follow us on Facebook / Twitter for more updates.
Upcoming conference by the IET and EFY Group aims to help businesses gain more out of the IoT
The IET and EFY Group (Electronics For You) will hold a joint conference on Internet of Things (IoT) on January 13, 2016 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bengaluru. The conference will be a first of its kind in India to focus on ways to help start-ups and business enterprises to monetise the Internet of Things.
The event will showcase success stories from industry experts who have exploited the monetary potential of IoT. Major themes of the conference will include IoT Ecosystem, Chipset and Hardware, System Integrators, Operators and Cloud & Analytics. Futuristic trends, potential challenges and guidelines to implement IoT will also be discussed.
The conference will be co-located with IoTShow.in, which is India’s largest exhibition and conference on the Internet of Things. Both shows are being organised under the umbrella event ‘India Electronics Week 2016’, which is a week-long international event that will be held in Bengaluru to promote the electronics industry in India. The event will also mark the launch of a website that focuses on the electronics angle of IoT called Electronics of Things.
Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more details.
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