The IET launched the Faraday India Programme on September 3 in New Delhi. Teachers in 10 schools will receive free teaching resources and enrichment programmes as part of the pilot programme.

The IET Faraday Programme is a longstanding initiative, run in the UK. In India, the programme aims to fuel passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by creating an ecosystem that encourages curiosity and questioning of the status quo among students and teachers. The pilot programme will explore pedagogy, resources and channels to find the best delivery mechanism for the IET Faraday India Programme.

Mr Yogesh Kochhar (Ex Director, Strategic Engagements – Microsoft India and Founder, has been elected Chairman of the IET Faraday India Committee. Mr Suresh Reddy (Director, SRF - Foundation) and Mr Deepak Jolly (VP – Public Affairs & Communication, Coca Cola) will be the Vice Chairmen.

The National Repository of Open Education Resources (NREOER) has agreed to principally support this initiative. The IET will also be working with NIIT University to design and deliver the teachers’ training modules and also to provide an in-depth study on the project.

Coca Cola India and SRF Foundation have helped identify schools where the pilot can begin. The pilot will help gain insights on how this programme needs to be delivered / customised to make it effective for Indian schools. The eight schools selected for pilot include:

  • Government Girls’ Middle School, Salamba, Mewat, Haryana
  • Government Middle School, Kherla, Mewat, Haryana
  • Government Sr Secondary School, Kawarsika, Mewat, Haryana
  • GMS & GHS, Amrol, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
  • Shri PJ Chadda Janta Vidyalaya Higher Secondary School, Dahej, Gujarat
  • Mahabodhi Academy, Leh, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Vasant Valley, School, Gurgaon, Haryana
  • Millennium International School, Mohali, Punjab
  • Mr Yogesh Kochhar, Ex Director, Strategic Engagements – Microsoft India, Founder, - Chairman
  • Mr Suresh Reddy, Director, SRF Foundation – Vice Chairman
  • Mr Deepak Jolly, VP – Public affairs & Communication, Coca Cola India – Vice Chairman
  • Mr Rajaram Sharma, Joint Director, NCERT - CIET
  • Prof Vijay Mandke, Founding Professor, Mentor, NIIT University
  • Dr Swaroop Rawal, Member Central Advisory Board of Education
  • Mr S C Tripathi , Former Secretary , Department of Education)
  • Mrs Deepti Sawhaney, Head, ICT Initiatives – Universal Learn Today
  • Mr Lokesh Mehra, Director – Education Services, Symantec Corporation
  • Mr Anurag Pratap Singh (Director – Community Outreach, Capgemini)
  • Mr Ajay Kapoor, Sr Vice President, MGRM
  • Mr Shekhar Sanyal, Director & Country Head, IET India


One-day Conference on Internet of Things brings together industry experts, policy makers and end users of IoT to discuss road ahead.

IET India and MMI organised a one-day conference on the Internet of Things at the electronica India & productronica India 2015 – India’s largest tradeshow for the electronic components and manufacturing industry. The event was held on September 10, 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

Experts are of the opinion that IoT will be the linchpin in realising the vision of key government schemes including Digital India that aims to transform India into a connected economy. The conference brought

This discussion explored the next wave of growth that the IoT is set to bring in the electronics industry. While discussing some interesting IoT pilots in the country, the panel highlighted the need for IoT to provide a strong business case and demonstrate ROI to surmount the obstacles faced during implementation.

Moderated by Mr Babu Narayanan, Member of the IET India IoT Panel, Senior Principal at GE Software Research

Panelists : Ganesh Suryanarayanan, General Manager – IoT Principal, TATA Group, Sougata Mukherjee, Chief Technologist, IBM,
Ashish Batra, Director, TechHomez and Venkatraman Swaminathan, Director, Uniflair India Pvt Ltd and President, Schneider Electric Systems.

While there is no dearth for innovative ideas, Indian startups are faced with challenges of scaling up. The panelists noted that some of these challenges could be addressed by changing our education system to help develop ‘creative’ students who innovate and create, rather than just the ‘consumptive’ ones who consume resources to pass examinations.

Moderated by Mr Shivoo Koteshwar, Director, Mediatek

Panelists : Mr Yogesh Kochhar, Chairman of the IET Faraday India Committee and Ex-Director, Microsoft, Mr Shrikant Kanaparti, Chief Product Architect, B2B/B2C services, Samsung and
Mr Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst & CEO, Greyhound Research.

together subject matter experts from different fields to share insights and to help facilitate the evolving movement of IoT in India.
Mr R S Sharma, Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was the Chief Guest.

T V Ramachandran, Honorary Fellow of the IET and Ex- Director of Vodafone, Dr Rishi Bhatnagar, Chair of the IET India IoT Panel and Global Head, Digital Enterprise Services, Tech Mahindra, and
Shekhar Sanyal, Country Head and Director, IET India were the keynote speakers.

Four panel discussions were conducted as part of the conference.

Internet of Things seems to have attained better growth and participation in some spheres. Home, user interfaces and automation are attracting more interest from investors than others. However, enterprise implementation of IoT and pick-up in sectors like agriculture and retail will be equally important for job creation.

Moderated by Mr Vikas Aggarwal, Executive Director, Ernst & Young

Panelists : Mr Vijay Kumar, Ex- Senior Vice President, Tech Mahindra, Mr Deepak Maheshwari, Head of Govt. Engagements, Symantec & Chair IoT Panel, FICCI, Dr S S Mantha, Former Chairman AICTE and
Dr Lovi Raj Gupta, Executive Dean, Lovely Professional University.

The panel discussed and highlighted the challenges brought about by a lack of standards and policies including issues of privacy and interoperability.

Moderated by Mr Dinesh Chandra Sharma, Member of the IET India IoT Panel and Director, Standardisation, Policy and Regulation at EU Standards

Panelists : Mr Anuj Ashokan, Chair of M2M, TSDSI, Mr Sushil Kumar, Deputy Director – Telecommunications Engineering Centre, DoT, Ministry of Communications and IT and Mr Joy Rajan Cheruvathoor, Senior Vice President -Strategic Alliances & M2M, Vodafone.

Mr R S Sharma, Chairman of TRAI shared his experience while heading the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) project that aims to create identification for a billion Indians. He reminded the audience that success required razor sharp focus on the project objective and its scope. Discussing the lack of standards and policies governing IoT, Mr Sharma stressed on the need for Indian engineers to come forward to create standards rather than follow the ones set internationally.

Nearly 200 delegates attended the IET IoT Conference.


IET India announced the winners of its 2015 Scholarship Awards. The Awards are now in their 3rd year in India and recognise engineering students for their Creativity, Innovation, Excellence and Leadership.

Nearly 7,000 engineering students applied to the 2015 edition of IET India Scholarship Awards. Based on the eligibility criteria, 1,300 students were shortlisted to write the preliminary online test. From these 168 students competed at 5 regional rounds in the cities of Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Pune.

Participants had to present original and unique engineering solutions to some of the societal challenges identified by the judges. The topics included:

  • Challenges and technological solutions for Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan
  • Use of Drones in Regional Agricultural Development
  • Implementation of Smart Village
  • Urban Pollution monitoring and control measures utilizing Internet of Things

The National Finals was held on August 31st in Bangalore. Finalists had to showcase the solution while demonstrating technical knowledge, problem solving capability, original thinking and also their potential to be engineering leaders of tomorrow.

  • Swati Agrawal, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Raunak Kohli, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad
  • Akanksha Dixit, Army Institute of Technology, Pune
  • Rishabh Jain, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
  • Priyanka Kaliwal, BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore
  • Abhay Joshi, Matrusri Engineering College, Hyderabad
  • Nirupama Sai R, SRM University, Chennai
  • Praneet Dutta, VIT University, Vellore
  • Uzma Firdaus, Techno India University, Kolkata
  • Shouryadipto Ganguli, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

The winners were felicitated at a special awards nite on August 31st, in Bangalore. Mr N R Narayana Murthy, Founder, Infosys was the
Chief Guest. Dr Gopichand Katragadda, Group CTO, TATA Sons and
Prof. Willaim Webb, President of the IET were Guests of Honour.
Mr T V Ramachandran, HonFIET, Ex-Director of Vodafone was also present.

“Science is about unravelling nature, and engineers use the power of science to make lives better, more productive, comfortable and bring pleasure to people. You will walk the road untraveled, stand apart from the mediocre, give confidence to people around you, bring newer ideas and make it a better world. Transform your ideas into wealth, jobs, prosperity and achieve excellence. Without these, ideas are merely ideas”.


Celebrity speed painter Vilas Nayak added a touch of ingenuity and inspiration to the evening. His lightning fast brushstrokes matched the background music to keep the audience enthralled as each masterstroke lended itself to larger than life portraits of former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam and to
Mr N R Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys.


Nirupama Sai R, SRM University, Chennai
Abhay Joshi, Matrusri Engineering College, Hyderabad


Akanksha Dixit, Army Institute of Technology, Pune
Rishabh Jain, IIT Gandhi Nagar


Over 100 IET volunteers came together to celebrate the spirit of volunteering at the third edition of the South Asia Community Volunteer Conference (CVC) held in Lonavala.

The theme of this year’s CVC was ‘Inspire, Engage, Transform’. Volunteer contributions and efforts were recognised at the conference and the programme explored how Local Networks, volunteers and Members could be engaged better to plan and deliver specific activities that would take the IET strategy forward.

Mustafa Wajid, Chairman of SA CVC welcomed delegates and set the context for the conference.

Ms Naomi Climer, President of the IET & Mr Nigel Fine, Chief Executive of the IET delivered the IET Key Messages. Dr Gopichand Katragadda, Chairman of India Development Panel of the IET and CTO,
Tata Sons also addressed the audience.

A cultural evening was organised by the IET Mumbai LN. The key attraction was a section on the traditional dances of Maharashtra including Bail
Pola - a dance form dedicated to the ox. Here, the costumes of dancers are elaborate and dancers are dressed as oxen. Lavani, the traditional song and dance of Maharashtra, along with some quintessential Bollywood performances were also showcased.

DAY 1,
OCTOBER 03, 2015

Day 1 of the conference was dedicated to sharing updates on the IET’s focus sectors, achievements of Local Networks and to discuss ways for streamlining volunteer efforts.

Shekhar Sanyal, Country Head and Director, IET India presented “IET South Asia Key messages – The year that was 2014/15 & the way ahead”.
Mr Mustafa Wajid outlined the IET’s sector strategy and initiatives and how it was helping the IET mission in South Asia.

Updates on activities of the IET Solar and IoT panels were presented by the respective Chairmen -
Vineeth Vijayaraghavan and Dr Rishi Bhatnagar.

The CVC was organised by a small but spirited and motivated team of YP volunteers and staff led by Mr Joy Desai. The other volunteers in his team were Abhishek More, Subramaniam Devarajan and Durga Jalan. The staff team led by M Srinivasan, comprised of B S Harsha, Gloria Pillai,
Sujan Sekhar and Soniya Suresh.


‘My Voice’ provided members with an opportunity to ask questions regarding their membership benefits, while also providing suggestions to the IET. Some recommendations / suggestions included:

  1. a. Developing a roadmap / guidelines for joining and contributing to sector panels.
  2. b. Training / workshops to help members make better use of online benefits.
  3. c. Bringing in more industry professionals to the IET.
  4. d. Better communication platforms between Local Networks.

A panel discussion on Internet of Things was organised to discuss the various aspects and future of IoT in India. Dr Rishi Bhatnagar, Chairman of the IET IoT Panel, Vineeth Vijayaraghavan, Chairman, IET Solar Panel, Ravi Ramaswamy, Philips Innovation Centre, Tushir Malik, Aeris Communications, Subramaniam Devarajan, Member of the IET India IoT Panel and Shekhar Sanyal, Country Head and Director, IET India led the panel discussion.

A poster presentation competition was also held for the Local Networks. The task was to design a poster featuring key events organised by the LN in the previous year. Naomi Climer, Nigel Fine and Alex Taylor evaluated the entries.


IET Kanyakumari Local Network

Runner up

IET Pune Local Network

Mr Prakash Nayak, Past Chairman – CCSA and Alex Tayor, Head of Communities, the IET, presented an overview of
IET Communities

Volunteers participated enthusiastically in a quiz that was held to test awareness and knowledge of various Membership Benefits and IET Key Facts.

Chairmen of all the Local Networks of South Asia shared the vision and plans for their Local Networks for the next two years. The plans outlined how the Local Networks are working to align themselves to the IET strategy and the CVC theme to ‘Inspire, Engage and Transform’.

A Panel Discussion on 'Women in Engineering - Myths and Facts' was organised to discuss strengths, opportunities, working conditions and challenges for women engineers in India.


DAY 2,
OCTOBER 04, 2015

Students and Young professionals shared their views on how the IET had contributed to their lives in the form of a skit themed ‘Professional Home for Life’. Vineeth Vijayaraghavan delivered a video presentation on best practices in paper publishing.

CVC 2015 Feedback


The report focuses on findings in three areas – trends in engineering admissions by stream and gender; trends in industries visiting campuses for placements and also opinions of stakeholders in academia, industry and among parents regarding the state of engineering education in India.

187 engineering colleges across India, 200 parents of engineering students and 100 leaders from industry were surveyed for this study.

The endeavour of this effort is that in a few years’ time the IET-Feedback Consulting Annual Report will serve as a reliable source to predict key patterns with respect to engineering resources graduating from colleges. Forearmed with actionable data of what is to come at least 3 years in advance, industry would be well placed to know if their demand would match with supply.

The IET will also commission a study to uncover expectations of industry that will hope to acquaint and prepare academia with incisive data on expectations of the industry with respect to engineering graduates.

The twin reports from IET, covering the Demand and Supply sides of engineering resources will become an authoritative source for stakeholders to understand trends, challenges and expectations on either side and plan solutions accordingly.

“In the UK, the IET provides expert advice to the UK’s Parliament, Government and other agencies. Through a discussion of key findings of this report and gaining of perspectives, we hope that all stakeholders will come together to provide recommendations for policy makers in India that will strengthen India’s quest to achieve excellence in Technical Education”, said Nigel Fine, Chief Executive of the IET.


Panel Discussion

A panel discussion with representatives from academia, industry and relevant media analysed the key findings of the report and its implications on the engineering ecosystem.


  • Maheswaran Nair, Director, Allied Power Solutions Rajeev Gupta, Head of Signalling Design – Rail Engineering Projects, Atkins
  • Professor Ravi Prakash, Advisor- Engineering Design and Research, Amity University APS
  • Tanmoy Goswami, Head of Desk, Fortune India
  • R Srinivasan, Senior Associate Editor, Hindu Business Line

Press Conference

The panel discussion was followed by a Press Conference to officially release the Key Findings Report.

To download the key findings report of IET Feedback consulting Engineering Admissions and Perceptions in India, please click here


The IET Mumbai Local Network and K J Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Technology (KJSIET) organised a National Symposium on Evangelising the Internet of Things (IoT). The event was held at the KJSIET campus on October 5, 2015. Members of the IET India IoT Panel delivered expert talks on a range of topics concerning IoT.

Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai,
Dr Rajan Welukar, Provost, SVV, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai, Mr Ranganathan, Secretary, Somaiya Trust, Former Chief Secretary, Maharashtra State, Dr S S Mantha, Former Chairman, AICTE,
Dr Dilip Pangavhane, Principal, KJSIEIT, Dr Sunita Patil, Dean Academics, KJSIET and Mr Shekhar Sanyal, Country Head and Director, IET India were present at the inauguration.

The one-day event featured talks by subject matter experts, workshops on app creation and prototyping and a live demo of over 140 IoT modules in Tech Mahindra’s E2O.

  • Future-proofing higher education through the IoT – Shekhar Sanyal, Country Head and Director, IET India
  • IoT – The Game Changer by Vineeth Vijayaraghavan, Founder, Solarillion Foundation
  • 7 things you need to succeed in an IoT business - Joy Rajan Cheruvathoor, Sr VP Business Services, Vodafone India
  • Internet of Things: An opportunity by Anuj Ashokan, Chairman - M2M Technology, TSDSI
  • Make it big with something small by Ashish Bedekar, Head IOT Labs, MediaTek

A 350 strong audience attended the event.

This event was a first of its kind in India where a sector panel (IET India IoT Panel) joined hands with a Local Network to deliver domain knowledge and insights to members of the academia.

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