Nominations have been invited for the following
- Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship: Last Date for receipt of Nominations for the year 2020-2021 – June 30, 2020
- INAE Young Entrepreneur Award: Last Date for receipt of Nominations- June 30, 2020
- INAE Woman Engineer of the Year Award: Last Date for receipt of Nominations – June 15, 2020
- Innovative Student Projects Award 2020: Last Date for receipt of Nominations– August 31, 2020
Commemoration of INAE Foundation Day
Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) was founded on April 20, 1987 – the date on which the Academy was registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 and subsequently the Inaugural Function of the Academy was held on April 11, 1988, wherein the erstwhile Prime Minister Mr. Rajiv Gandhi was the Chief Guest. Last year however, the Foundation Day celebrations were organized on April 11 by the INAE Local Chapters as well as INAE Headquarters by conduct of activities and meetings. From this year onwards, it was decided to commemorate the Foundation Day of the Academy by organizing the celebrations on April 20, each year, which is the correct date of the INAE Foundation Day. On this occasion, Dr Sanak Mishra, President, INAE forwarded a message on April 20, 2020 to INAE Fellows and Young Associates to commemorate the INAE Foundation Day, in lieu of the activities planned by INAE Local Chapters across the country and INAE Headquarters, which had to be cancelled subsequently, due to the Lockdown imposed by the Government to mitigate the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic. A copy of the Message from Dr Sanak Mishra, President, INAE to the Fellows and Young Associates can be viewed by clicking here ….
Commitment of INAE to the Efforts of Government of India towards Containment and Eradication of COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr Sanak Mishra, President INAE wrote a letter to Dr Pramod Kumar Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister conveying utmost admiration in the exemplary manner in which measures have been taken by the Government of India under the inspired leadership of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, towards the containment and eradication of the COVID-19 pandemic. He lauded the Government initiatives encompassing provision of medical services and facilities; promotion of indigenous medical testing facilities; development of cost-effective medical equipment; excellent governance; economic relief measures; repatriating Indian citizens from affected countries; appropriate education of citizens; timely lock-down of the country and ensuring essential supplies and facilities across the country. Dr Sanak Mishra highlighted that INAE commits itself to extend all and any support required by the Government for the furtherance of its initiatives and measures for the containment and eradication of the COVID-19 pandemic and he looked forward to the Academy contributing to the ongoing and novel measures and innovative strategies of the Government of India.
A copy of the letter from Dr Sanak Mishra, President INAE addressed to Dr Pramod Kumar Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister can be viewed by clicking here …
In this regard, Dr Sanak Mishra, President INAE had written a letter to the INAE Fellowship and INAE Young Associates requesting for relevant expertise in the engineering fields from Fellows who can come forward to offer their expertise to mitigate any dimension of the COVID 19 Pandemic from engineering perspective.
A copy of the letter from Dr Sanak Mishra, President INAE addressed to the INAE Fellowship and INAE Young Associates can be viewed by clicking here…
Subsequently, the names of INAE Fellows and Young Associates willing to contribute to the pertinent activities and measures initiated by DST in the containment and eradication of the COVID was forwarded by Dr Sanak Mishra, President INAE to Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST.
Letters from Dr Sanak Mishra, President, INAE to NITI Aayog, PSA to GoI and DST
Dr Sanak Mishra, President, INAE wrote letters to Dr. VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog; Prof K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to Govt. of India and Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST) apprising them about the recent initiatives taken by INAE towards meeting the National needs and strategic priorities.
Copies of the above mentioned letters dated April 7, 2020 from Dr Sanak Mishra, President INAE addressed to Dr. VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog; Prof K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to Govt. of India and Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology along with the note on the recent initiatives of INAE can be viewed by clicking here……
Preparation of Revised Memorandum of Association, etc for INAE, as Advised by DST
During the Special General Meeting of Fellows held on December 14, 2019 at Jaipur, Dr Sanak Mishra, President, INAE had apprised the House that INAE had received a letter from DST, dated August 28, 2019 to the effect that INAE has been advised to recast its Memorandum of Association (MoA), as per a model MoA recommended by DST in order to make the affairs of INAE regular and in conformity with the provisions of Government/CAG with respect to rules/regulations/ guidelines which are applicable to Autonomous Bodies, which have been receiving grants from DST. In addition, the DST letter also asked for Bye-Laws, and Rules & Regulations. Copies of the proposed DST Model for MoA, DST Model for Bye-Laws, Existing MoA of INAE and Existing Ordinances of INAE, were tabled during the meeting, for information of the House. It was also brought that at present, INAE has an MoA. In addition, INAE has a set of “Ordinances” to regulate its functioning, however, it does not have Bye-Laws. The House had approved the re-casting of the MoA and Rules & Regulations and also drafting of the Bye-Laws of the Academy, as per model templates of DST, and also recommended that the necessary actions to undertake this task, be done on priority. In addition, keeping in view the urgency of the matter, the House had authorized President, INAE to take all necessary actions in this regard.
The task of recasting of the MoA and the drafting of the Bye-Laws, adhering to model templates provided by DST, while at the same time maintaining the essence of INAE Rules & Regulations, was undertaken by the Academy. The draft recast MoA and Bye-Laws along with relevant enclosures were approved by the Governing Council Members over email in March 2020 in lieu of the Governing Council Meeting scheduled on March 6, 2020 which was called off due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Governing Council Members while granting approval recommended forwarding of the recast MoA and bye-laws along with all relevant enclosures to DST. The draft recast MoA and bye-laws along with all relevant enclosures have since been forwarded to Department of Science and Technology for due consideration.
INAE Woman Engineer of the Year Award 2020
Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) has instituted a new award named “INAE Woman Engineer of the Year Award” from this year i.e. 2020 onwards, in order to recognize and promote meritorious contributions of women in engineering profession as part of the initiative on women empowerment. Nominations have been invited for the INAE Woman Engineer of the Year Award 2020 during the month of March 2020. The purpose of the award is to recognize and honour deserving women engineers, every year, who have made outstanding contributions to any field of engineering and technology in India and may serve as role models to budding women engineering professionals in the future. The award aims to recognize meritorious and original contributions made by woman engineers in India from academia, research organizations or industry, whose individual efforts have made a significant difference in any branch of engineering and technology, by way of breakthrough innovation and disruptive change in different fields of engineering and have helped to advance the knowledge and competence to the benefit of the profession and people in India. The subject award is to be bestowed on an individual only and the nominations for the award should be nominated and seconded only by the Fellows of INAE. Woman engineers between the age of 40 to 60 years, who should be a citizen of India and working in India are eligible for nomination. In case the nominee is an INAE Fellow, she should not be a member of the INAE Governing Council during the year of the award.
INAE will honour three women engineers between the age of 40 to 60 years, every year with this award – one from each of the three categories, (i) Academia, (ii) Industry and (iii) R&D. The award carries a cash award of Rs. 2 lakhs and a citation. The last date for the receipt of nominations for the subject award is now extended to June 15, 2020. The guidelines and nomination format for nomination can be downloaded from INAE website www.inae.in
INAE Young Entrepreneur Award 2020
Nominations for INAE Young Entrepreneur Award 2020 are now open and launched at INAE website. A letter from Prof. Indranil Manna, Vice-President, INAE seeking nominations for INAE Young Entrepreneur Award 2020 has been sent to INAE Fellowship. In addition, nominations have been also invited from 372 Incubation Centres and Start-ups all over India supported by various Government agencies viz. Incubators supported by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Incubators under National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) supported by DST, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Park (STEP) supported by DST, Incubators supported by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Incubators supported by Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Incubators under Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Incubators supported by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), besides 29 IIT Research Parks. Apart from seeking nominations, an advertisement has also been published in CII Communique issue for May 2020. The last date of receipt of nominations is June 30, 2020.
INAE Innovative Student Projects Award 2020
The nominations for Innovative Student Projects Award are sought at three levels viz., B.E./B.Tech, M.E./M.Tech and Ph.D as per the eligibility criteria listed below:
- Final Year (4th year) B.E./B.Tech projects completed upto June 30, 2020 for the academic year 2019-2020.
- M.E./M.Tech theses examined from July 1, 2019 upto June 30, 2020 during the academic year 2019-2020.
- Ph.D. theses examined and accepted/recommended for Award from June 1, 2019 upto May 31, 2020.
The last date of the receipt of Nominations is July 7 each year. The reason for keeping the last date as July 7 each year is because the academic sessions are completed by June 30 each year in most of the Academic institutions in the Country. The date of first shortlisting of nominees is generally kept in second week of July each year (this year 17th July) wherein the nominees are shortlisted for making the presentation of their work before the Selection Committee.
The Apex Committee during its meeting on May 29, 2020, discussed that in view of the ongoing COVID -19 Pandemic, this year the dates of defence of B.Tech Projects and M.Tech. Theses have been postponed. It was informed that the defence of Bachelor level projects and Master’s Theses are likely to be over by July 31, 2020.
In view of above, the following was decided.
- The eligibility criteria for Innovative Student Projects Award 2020 at E./B.Tech and M.E./M.Tech levels be amended as given below.
- Final Year (4th year) B.E./B.Tech projects completed upto July 31, 2020 for the academic year 2019-2020.
- M.E./M.Tech theses examined from July 1, 2019 upto July 31, 2020 during the academic year 2019-2020.
- The last date of the receipt of Nominations for Innovative Student Projects Award 2020 be kept as August 31, 2020.
- After the Selection Committee selects the nominees by presentation over Webex, approval for the selected candidates will be taken from the Governing Council members by circulation.
Launch of INAE Webinar Series
INAE has launched a Webinar Series on topics encompassing all sectors and disciplines of engineering and technology. It has been a long-cherished plan of the Academy to launch the Webinar Series in the year 2020. The INAE Webinar Series is an important new initiative of the INAE Digital Platform. INAE is geared to host events on this platform for the benefit of the Fellowship. It is planned to hold at least one Webinar every month, and if felt necessary, one every fortnight. The first Webinar on May 23, 2020 featured two talks, one on “Launch of INAE Webinar Series” by Mr K Ananth Krishnan, FNAE, EVP and CTO, TCS and a technical talk on “Enterprise Digital Twin” by Mr Vinay Kulkarni, FNAE, Chief Scientist, TCS Research. A total of 58 INAE Fellows/ Foreign Fellows/Young Associates/other invitees participated in the first Webinar held on May 23, 2020, out of 103 registered participants. A video is being prepared of the webinar which will be uploaded shortly on INAE website for the benefit of those fellows who could not attend the same. In addition, feedback and suggestions from the Fellows are being obtained which will be collated suitably.
A second Webinar is scheduled to be held in second week of June 2020 wherein a new Webinar platform is proposed to be used. The second webinar of the series is on the topic “Does Hydrogen have a Role in India’s Energy Strategy?” and the four speakers are Dr. SSV Ramakumar, Director R&D, IOCL; Dr. Ashish Lele, Senior VP and Head, Advanced Materials and Alternate Energy, Reliance Industries Limited; Dr. RR Sonde, EVP, Research, Technology and Innovation, Thermax and Dr. P C Maithani, Advisor, MNRE, Govt. of India. Mr MV Kotwal, Ex – Member of L&T Board & President, Heavy Engineering is the Moderator of the second webinar. A Q&A session is planned after the four speakers have made their presentations.
Invitees: Fellows/Foreign Fellows and Young Associates
Transactions of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, An International Journal of Engineering and Technology
INAE had launched a quarterly journal “INAE Letters” published by M/s Springer in the year 2016. The objective of the journal is to provide a medium for rapid publication of new research results and invited short review articles across different domains of engineering science and technology. In the year 2020 the title of the Journal has been changed to “Transactions of Indian National Academy of Engineering – International Journal of Engineering and Technology” and has become a full-fledged journal to include full Research Papers and Review Articles besides short communications.
The Transactions of INAE publishes original research papers, contributed and invited reviews on the topics related to Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering and Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Energy Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Nano Science and Technology, and related fields such as applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry and computational Biology.
The first Volume of Transactions of the Indian National Academy of Engineering is Volume 5, Issue 1, March 2020, ISSN: 2662-5415 (Print) 2662-5423 (Online)
In this issue there are (10 articles) as given below.
Microstructure–Texture–Mechanical Property Relationship in Alloys Produced by Additive Manufacturing Following Selective Laser Melting (SLM) Technique
Satyam Suwas, Deepak Kumar Pages 1-10
Liquid Metal Corrosion Studies for Fusion Reactor Applications: Facility Development and Basic Research
P. Chakraborty, V. Kain, R. Tewari Pages 11-16
Process Analysis of Chemical Looping Systems for Dimethyl Ether Synthesis from Coal
Fanhe Kong, Qiaochu Zhang, Yan Liu, Jordan Swift, Darryl Tene Youmbi, Andrew Tong & Liang-Shih Fan Pages 17-26
Electrical Properties of Pure NiO and NiO:Ag Thin Films Prepared by Pulsed Laser Deposition
Omar Abdulsada Ali, Mohammed A. Hameed & Qahtan Ghatih Al-Zaidi Pages 27-31
Graphene Flake-Based Electrodes for High-Energy and Power Lithium-Ion Semi-flexible Rechargeable Batteries
Sanjay Kanojia, Mohd. Imamuddin, Subhash Mandal, Debmalya Roy, Kingsuk Mukhopadhyay & N. Eswara Prasad Pages 33-38
Modification of On-Site Velocity Boundary Condition in LBM for D3Q27D3Q27 Lattice Structure
Alankar Agarwal Pages 39-49
Eutrophication Risk Assessment by Estimation of Denitrification Rate in Yamuna River Sediments
Shikha Sharma, Shakeel Ahmad Khan, Amit Kumar, Pawan Kumar Jha & Tanu Jindal Pages 51-60
Multi-phase MPSP Guidance for Lunar Soft Landing
Avijit Banerjee, Radhakant Padhi Pages 61-74
Large-Scale Manufacture of Nickel Alloy Turbine Rotor Forgings for A-USC Power Plants
B. Donth, N. Blaes, A. Diwo, D. Böttcher Pages 75-82
Development of Test Protocol for Accelerated Creep and Transient Thermo-mechanical Testing of AUSC Steam Turbine Rotor in High-Temperature Spin Test Rig
Bishnu Pada Pal, M. Naga Suresh, K. Ramakrishna, A. Narayana Teja, Supak Pore, Prabhat Kr. Hensh, Somnath Nandi & Maneesh Batrani Pages 83-88
Submission of high quality research/review papers are invited from the Fellowship, Young Associates and their colleagues. Guidelines for submission of papers are available on Springer website and through log in facility provided to INAE Fellows.
German Chancellor Fellowships by Humboldt Foundation for Tomorrow’s leaders
An email has been received from DST forwarding a communication from Mr S. K. Varshney, Adviser & Head, International Bilateral Cooperation, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India informing about nominations for German Chancellor Fellowships for Tomorrow’s leaders, a yearly program handled by the Humboldt Foundation. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships every year to prospective leaders from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the USA – irrespective of their field of work. Recipients use the Fellowship tao conduct together with their German host and mentor a socially-relevant project that they have developed themselves. The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is the patron of this fellowship programme.
The candidate applying for this Fellowship should be:
- The applicant must be a national of Brazil, China, India, Russia or the United States.
- Bachelor’s or equivalent academic degree completed less than twelve years before the beginning of the fellowship.
- A confirmation of supervision by the host in Germany.
- A project plan which candidates must draw up on their own and coordinate with their host.
- Initial proven leadership experience
Fellowship benefits for recipients:
- A monthly fellowship of €2,170, €2,470 or €2,770, depending on your qualifications.
- Individual mentoring during your stay in Germany.
- Additional financial support for items such as family members accompanying you, travel expenses or a German language course.
- A study tour of Germany, an opportunity to meet the German chancellor at the end of your stay and a number of events during which you can make contact with other fellows and representatives of German companies and institutions.
- Extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career.
Application deadline: 15 September 2020.
Period of sponsorship: 1 October 2021 – 30 September 2022
Fellows desirous of recommending candidates from their organization may download all relevant information by accessing the links given below.
Further information, a list of all application requirements and a link to the online application form are available at www.humboldt-foundation.de/youngleaders
Advice and contact: If you have any questions regarding the German Chancellor Fellowship Programme or would like individual guidance, please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find examples of projects conducted at https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/buka-testimonials-en.html
Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship – Call for Nominations
Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology (DST) launched the INAE-SERB, DST Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship in the year 2017, to recognize, encourage and support translational research by Indian Nationals/ Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) working in various capacities of engineering profession, in public funded institutions in the country. The nominees for the subject Fellowship should have a minimum of 5 years’ service left in the parent organization. The Fellowship amount is Rs 25,000/- per month in addition to salary being drawn and a Research Grant of Rs.15.00 lakh per annum will also be provided. An Overhead of Rs.1.00 lakh per annum will also be provided to the host institute. A Maximum of 10 Fellowships will be awarded per year. The duration of the Fellowship will be initially for three years, extendable by upto two more years depending on the performance and the Fellowship can be held for a maximum of 5 years.
The scheme has received a good response and has gained visibility in the engineering community across the country. A maximum of 10 Fellowships are awarded in a year and six Fellowships were conferred in the Financial Year 2017-18, eight in the Financial Year 2018-19 and seven during the Financial Year 2019-20. A total of twenty-one nominees have been selected for conferment of the subject Fellowship since its inception. The next call for nominations for consideration during the Financial Year 2020 -2021 has been announced. The last date for the receipt of nominations is June 30, 2020. An advertisement to this effect has also been published in Hindustan Times, All India Edition on May 31, 2020 (Sunday)
Academia Industry Interaction
AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professorship Scheme
Industry-academia interactions over technological changes have become essential in recent times so that relevant knowledge that would be sustainable in the changing conditions can be imparted to the students in the engineering institutions. While industries could gain by using the academia’s knowledge base to improve the industry’s cost, quality and global competitive dimensions; thereby reducing dependence on foreign know-how and expenditure on internal R&D, academics benefit by seeing their knowledge and expertise being fruitfully utilized practically and also by strengthening of curricula of educational programs being offered at engineering colleges/institutions. INAE together with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) launched “AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professorship Scheme” in 1999. Under this scheme, Industry experts are encouraged to give a few lectures in engineering institutions. This scheme has become popular among industry experts as well as engineering colleges.
Brief details pertaining to recent visits of industry experts under this scheme are given below.
Dr. Raja Manuri Venkata Gopala Krishna Rao,
FNAE, Scientist ‘G’, Founder/Head-FRP Dvn-NAL-CSIR(Rtd)
East Point College of Engineering & Technology, Bengaluru
March 2, 2020
March 4, 2020
March 6, 2020
Delivered lectures on “Introduction to Polymer Matrix Composites”, “Structure-Property Relationships in Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCD)”, “Processing & Manufacturing of PMC Products (Processing & Fabrication Technologies”
According to the feedback received from the College, Dr. Rao’s lectures and interactions with the participating students/ faculty – very lucidly brought out the nuances of the composite material processing and fabrication technologies, as appropriate to the end product geometries. He expressed that the interactions were very useful for our students to prepare them for their entries with the industry.
Dr. Sreekumar Thaliyil Veedu
Senior Consultant, Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL)
DKTE Society’s Textile & Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji
March 11-13, 2020
Delivered lectures on “Acrylic Fibre Manufacturing and its Applications”, “Fibres for Fashion and its Application”, ” High Performance Fibres”, “Conducting Literature Review and Organisation Research”
According to the feedback received from the College, students and faculty members of textile Department were benefited by the lectures of DVP. Aspirant Ph.D. Candidates received the direction of research and helped to finalize their Ph.D. topics.
International/National Conferences/Seminars being organized by IITs/other Institutions
To view a list of International/ National Conferences/Seminars being held in the month of June 2020, click here…
Honours and Awards
Prof. Sankar K. Pal, FNAE, Distinguished Scientist and Former Director, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Calcutta, currently holding the position of INSA Distinguished Professorial Chair, has been selected as a National Science Chair (NSC), Government of India. The selection of this prestigious award is announced by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India. He would like to assume the office of this new position from August 1, 2020.
Prof. (Dr.) T.C. Rao, FNAE, Formerly, Director, Regional Research Laboratory (CSIR), Bhopal, formerly Head, Dept. of Fuel and Mineral Engineering, ISM Dhanbad has been chosen to head a Committee constituted by Ministry of Mines to prepare a holistic Vision Plan for the mineral sector including characterization, beneficiation, end-use and recycling, keeping in mind the economic viability and economic importance of minerals for the country.
INAE on Facebook and Twitter
INAE has created a Facebook and Twitter Account to post the news of recent INAE activities in the Social Media. The same can be viewed at the link below.
(b) Twitter handle link https://twitter.com/inaehq1