India update

31 January 2013
IET Communications team
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Attendees of the Michael Faraday IET India Summit

The Michael Faraday IET India Summit in Kolkata in November 2012.  

2012 ends on a high note for the IET India team.

IET India volunteers and staff ended 2012 on a high note. While they gear up for a busy 2013, here is a roundup of their key activities from the last couple of months.


IET India website launched

IET India’s own website is now live at www.theiet.in. The team’s vision is to make this the ‘hub’ for members and partners in India, not just as a key source of information, but also to serve as an important channel for engagement. It has nearly 100 pages across 10 key sections.

While the website is very similar to the main IET site in its overall layout and framework, the content has been customised to capture the key initiatives, activities, announcements, events and achievements of IET India and its members.


Media coverage

IET India’s public relations strategy is to aim for quality coverage, and this strategy is paying off with a number of articles and reports featuring IET spokespersons and events across print, online and electronic media. Last year, IET India was mentioned over 160 times in the country’s specialist and mainstream media. A full list of this coverage is available online.  


Pinkerton Lecture

The 2012 Pinkerton Lecture was held in Bangalore on 23 November. Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, spoke about ‘Connecting computers with the human brain’. You can watch an on-demand video of Kevin’s presentation on the Pinkerton Lecture webpage.


Local Network events

The IET’s Local Networks in India have been busy organising technical seminars, summits, lectures and engineering fests to discuss and debate the latest developments in the IET’s sectors.

The Young Professionals Section of the IET Chennai Network jointly organised the third Sustainable Energy and Intelligent System Conference in December. It attracted over 450 technical papers entries, with 62 papers selected after critical review to be presented at the conference.

The IET Delhi Network organised a seminar on ‘Mass Transportation Systems in Urban Development – Trends & Challenges in India’ in December. Over 100 delegates representing leading public and private sector organisations, government departments, academic and research institutions attended the event. A panel overseen by Delhi Network Chairman N Venkatesan and Dr Sudhir Krishna, Secretary of the Government of India’s Ministry of Urban Development, finalised the seminar’s recommendations.

In November, the IET Kolkata Network held the first Michael Faraday IET India Summit, a national conference dedicated to the legendary electrical pioneer. A total of 108 manuscripts were submitted, and, based on peer review, 53 were chosen for presentation. You can view some of the best papers online.

The Young Professionals Section of the IET Mumbai Network recently participated in Technovanza – the annual techno-management event organised at Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute. Network Chairman Freddy Dinshaw and Joint Secretary Rajesh Patwardhan both presented to the participants, on benefits of joining an international professional organisation and knowledge resources available to IET members respectively.

Earlier this month, the IET Bangalore Network held its third Technology Leadership Talk on ‘Smart Power Management and Emerging Trends’. Mr V Raghupathi from Voltech Controls & Automation gave the audience an overview on protection systems and Mr Prakash Nayak, Chair of the IET India Power Panel, spoke on Smart Grid technology. The session was attended by nearly 40 engineers with a keen interest in the energy sector.

And finally, Mr Pradeep Kumar Srivastava and Mr Kapil Khanna travelled from India to present at a recent IET Railway Network event at IET London: Savoy Place. Their talk was entitled ‘Experiences and challenges of operating and upgrading railways in India’.


Watch this space for more updates!