Recent highlights from the IET Bangalore office.
IET India staff and volunteers started the year 2013 with some high profile events and outreach activities.
IET India and the Deccan Chronicle (the leading English daily newspaper in South India) jointly held a panel discussion on February 25 in Bangalore to mark 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’. Its aim was to share ideas that have the potential to encourage STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects in India.
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 panelists concluded that the key to transform India into a knowledge and science driven economy would be to create multi-disciplinary programmes that capture the curiosity and inspire thinking and creativity of young minds.
The inaugural IET India Scholarship Award, an annual grant with a combined prize of £10,000, was announced in February. Close to 5,000 engineering students from all over India applied, with 400 applicants shortlisted for the online test, which took place in March.
IET India is hoping to encourage more female student engineers to take up careers in engineering after they graduate, and therefore a second Scholarship Award will be presented to an outstanding woman engineer.
Students who have been selected following the online test will now compete in regional and national levels to win the top honours.
IET India held a Grand Felicitation Ceremony in Mumbai on March 8 to congratulate members who received professional registrations in 2012.
Thirty-six engineers from leading global engineering companies Black & Veatch and Crompton Greaves were congratulated at the event.
IET India country head, Shekyar Sanyal, said: “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. 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.
A felicitation ceremony for professionally qualified engineers will be held on April 10 at Bangalore to celebrate the success of nearly 20 engineers.
Chief Executive of the IET, Nigel Fine, will be visiting India at that time and presenting the certificates.
Read more about this event on the IET India website.
The IET Mumbai Local Network held a working model competition for young engineers as part of ‘Vidyut’, a technical festival organised by Sardar Patel College of Engineering. The event, held in January, was open to engineering students specialising in electrical and/or electronics engineering.
As part of our strategy to strengthen our social media presence, IET India is now on Facebook.
You can find us on www.facebook.com/IndiaIET.