Academy Activities

Academy Activities

Academy News

Shifting of INAE Office from Gurgaon to DST Complex New Delhi

INAE has been allocated fully furnished Office space of about 3300 sq. ft area by DST for its functioning at Ground Floor of the newly constructed Building No.2 of DST Complex, Technology Bhavan, New Delhi, which would also house various other Autonomous Bodies under DST. INAE has since got possession of the new premises and shifting of INAE Office to the new premises at DST Complex, New Delhi has been completed on July 29, 2021 to July 30, 2021 (Friday). The INAE office commenced its functioning in the DST Complex w.e.f. August 2, 2021 (Monday).

Some photographs of the shifting process of INAE Office are featured below.

Packing of Material at old INAE Gurgaon Office During Shifting Process

A few photographs of the new premises of INAE are featured below.

Photographs of new INAE Office Premises at Technology Bhavan, New Delhi

The postal address, telephone numbers etc. of the new Office of INAE located in DST Complex, New Delhi are given below.

Indian National Academy of Engineering
Ground Floor, Block-II,
Technology Bhavan,
New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi-110 016.
Phone: 011-26582475

In view of above, all material should be despatched to the new INAE Office, DST Complex, New Delhi and despatch of all postal/courier material to the old INAE Office at Gurgaon should be ceased.

National Frontiers of Engineering (NatFOE 2021)

Indian National Academy of Engineering organized 15th National Frontiers of Engineering (NatFoE) Symposium jointly with IIT Hyderabad on July 9-10, 2021 on virtual platform bringing together 50 bright young engineers to deliberate on emerging technologies in some key engineering sectors. Prof BS Murty, Director, IIT Hyderabad and Prof Sivaji Chakravorti, Vice-President, INAE were the coordinators of the event. Prof Chandrasekhar Sharma, IIT Hyderabad was the Convener of the event. NatFoE Symposium is an annual flagship event of INAE aiming towards bringing together young engineers from academic institutes, R&D labs and industry on a single platform to deliberate upon emerging trends of research and cutting-edge technologies. About fifty young engineers discussed, deliberated and brainstormed the state-of-the-art knowledge and development, and highlighted the opportunities and challenges in the four major areas: Artificial intelligence & machine learning, advanced materials &manufacturing technologies, infrastructure & unconventional energy and rural technology & entrepreneurship. All the four themes were chosen carefully as key areas to focus towards making India self-reliant in engineering & technology. As a part of seventy five years of independence celebrations of India, a special session on ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava’ was also organized in which speakers talked about various indigenous technologies in the area of female hygiene, mitigating greenhouse effects and developing green routes for hydrogen production as an alternative fuel. Another highlight of this session was the model technology to translate English text into 11 Indian languages that may play a key role in translating engineering text books into Indian languages in line with the new education policy to provide technical education in local languages.

Dr. Tessy Thomas, Director General (Aeronautical Systems), DRDO presented a detailed overview on the advances in aerospace materials and manufacturing technologies and highlighted their importance in the success of India’s space program. Dr. Debashish Bhattacharjee, Vice President (New Materials Business), Tata Steel in another keynote lecture presented some of the breakthrough technologies and innovations in the area of high strength, lightweight materials for automotive sector.

The symposium started with the welcome address by Prof. B. S. Murty, Director IIT, Hyderabad. Conveying the welcome greetings to the dignitaries and the attendees, Prof. Murty said, “despite the organization of the meeting on a virtual platform due to Covid-19 pandemic, organization of NatFoE2021 will achieve its goal in fostering the new collaborations and exchanging new ideas among the brightest minds and the deliberations will help in unveiling new innovations and the strategies for their commercialization paving the way for the country to become a leader in technology innovations ”.

Inaugural Session of the 15th National Frontiers of Engineering Symposium held on July 9, 2021

Congratulating IIT Hyderabad for its efforts in organizing NatFoE, as an online event for the first time, Prof. Indranil Manna, President, INAE said the INAE will take appropriate steps in implementation of the recommendations and action items in the four themed areas as a final outcome of this symposium. As a satellite event of NatFoE 2021, a national design competition event, Innovations in Manufacturing Practices (IMP) was also organized for UG and PG students as well as start-ups. Out of 160 entries, 6 award winners were chosen. Prof. Sivaji Chakravorti, Vice President, INAE declared the award winners in each category and congratulated them for their innovation and extended further support to take them to the next level. Dr. Chandra Shekhar Sharma, Coordinator, NatFoE 2021 extended a vote of thanks to all speakers & participants, INAE Fellows and Young Associates and other guests for their active participation to make the NatFoE 2021 a grand success. A copy of the Abstract Booklet of the 15thNatFoE Symposium can be viewed by clicking here……

The links for the Online News Coverage of Press Releases for the NaTFoE 2021 Symposium are given below:

Hyderabad: IITH-INAE Jointly Organizes 15th NATFoE-2021 Concludes Successfully
https://www.globalgreenews.com/2021/07/12/15231/
IITH & INAE jointly organized the 15th National Frontiers of Engineering symposium, NATFoE, 2021
https://www.thehawk.in/education/iit-hyderabad-inae-jointly-organized-the-15th-national-frontiers-of-engineering-symposium-natfoe-2021-238137
IIT Hyderabad & INAE jointly organize NATFoE 2021
https://www.pallikkutam.com/edu-news/iit-hyderabad-inae-jointly-organizes-natfoe-2021
50 bright, young engineers on a common platform
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/50-bright-young-engineers-on-a-common-platform/article35285417.ece
IIT Hyderabad, INAE jointly organises 15th National Frontiers of Engineering symposium 2021
https://www.abpeducation.com/news/iit-hyderabad-inae-jointly-organises-15th-national-frontiers-of-engineering-symposium-2021/cid/1210035

Innovation in Manufacturing Processes (IMP-2021)

Innovation in Manufacturing Processes (IMP), conducted by INAE and IIT Hyderabad jointly as a satellite event along with 15th NatFoE symposium, is a national level project competition open to all engineering students and practitioners. In addition to undergraduate and postgraduates (Master’s students) categories, start-ups were also included as a new category this year. In the UG and PG category, the eligible branches were Aeronautical, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer/Information, Design, Electrical, Electronics, Industrial, Instrumentation, Material Science, Mechanical, Power, Production and other allied branches. Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiR) and Start-ups with less than two years and incubated at any of the Technology Business Incubators (TBI) in India were eligible in the Start-up category. In each of these categories, the award included a prize of Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 20,000 for first and second place winners, respectively. The event was coordinated by Prof. S. Surya Kumar (MAE) and INAE Young Associate Dr. Mudrika Khandelwal (MSME) of IIT Hyderabad.

Entries to this competition were taken in the form of a short video and a small write-up, floated through an online application portal which remained open from 1st April to 15th June. Based on the preliminary screening, out of 150 entries, 24 were selected for the “Virtual Showcasing” where the submitted project videos are hosted on a dedicated webpage (https://www.iith.ac.in/natfoe2021/imp/) as a run-up to the competition.

The winners were selected from these 24 applications by an eminent jury comprising of INAE Young Engineer awardees and chaired by Prof. Sivaji Chakravorti, Vice-President INAE. The jury included Dr. Amartya Mukhopadhyay (IIT Bombay), Dr. Aravind Kumar Rengan (IIT Hyderabad), Dr. Chirasree Roy Chaudhuri (IIEST, Shibpur), Dr. Pooja Devi (CSIR-CSIO) and Dr. Swati Ghosh Acharyya (University of Hyderabad).

On the day-1 of the NaTFoE event (9th July in the 12:00 to 13:00 session), videos of the selected applicants were showcased as part of the event. The final winners were announced on the day-2 of the NaTFoE (10th July in the 17:00 to 17:45 session) by Jury-Chair, Prof. Sivaji Chakravorti. This was followed by a quick bite from the winners, who are listed below:

UG Category:

  • First Prize: Nitheesh P, Surya Bharath for “Natural fiber extraction Machine for Sustainable Development (Pineapple Fiber)” (affiliation: KCG College of Engineering, Chennai)
  • Second Prize: Mohammed Safi A for “An Autonomous Drowning Rescue System (One’s SEGAIN)” (affiliation: Sri Venkateshwara College of Engg, Sriperumbudur)

PG Category:

  • First Prize: Mayank Kanubhai Patel for “Novel Approach for 3D printing of High Strength Al7075 alloys” (affiliation: IIT Kanpur)
  • Second Prize: Prashanth M, Nayana Kumari JR, Chaithra D for “Development of low-cost falling weight deflectometer” (affiliation:M S Ramaiah University of Applied Science, Bengaluru)

Startup Category:

  • First Prize: Refaz Ahmad Wani, Shugufta Akhter, Ishfaq Ahmad Wani for “Spade and Hoe” (affiliation: Wani Agri Tools Plant, Anantnag, J&K)
  • Second Prize: R Sai Chandra Teja, C Krishna Mohan, C Vishnu for “State-of-the-art Multi-class Wafer Defect Detection & Segmentation in Semiconductor Manufacturing” (affiliation: CKM Vigil Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad)

Screenshot of the Final Award event for IMP-2021(July 10, 2021)

INAE Youth Conclave 2021

INAE Youth Conclave 2021 has been planned to be organized online by National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE); IIT Bombay and ICT Mumbai on Engineers’ Day September 15, 2021. The presentations would be based on five topics of national importance namely: Waste to wealth; Digitization and revolution in logistics & Engineering intervention to fight against COVID-19 and healthcare management; Innovative technologies and product developed during COVID; Teaching and learning in pandemic and Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Preparations are ongoing for planning of the event.

INAE Webinar Series

INAE Webinar by Dr SethuramanPanchanathan, Director, National Science Foundation, USA on 31st July 2021 (Saturday) from 7 PM to 8 PM (IST) (9:30 AM to 10:30 AM EDT).

Dr SethuramanPanchanathan, Director, National Science Foundation, USA delivered a special lecture on “Creating Foundational Partnerships: Building on the strength of US-India collaboration towards a roadmap for the future” during the INAE Webinar held on 31st July 2021 (Saturday) from 7 PM to 8 PM (IST). Prof. Indranil Manna, President INAE, Vice-Chancellor, Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra delivered the Welcome Address during the Webinar. Prof Sivaji Chakravorti, FNAE, Vice-President, INAE, Electrical Engineering Department Jadavpur University, Kolkata was the Moderator of the Webinar.

Dr Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, NSF, USA delivering the Special Lecture

Abstract of the Special Lecture:

For more than a decade, cooperation between the United States and Indian science and engineering communities has pushed forward the frontiers of discovery and innovation. From materials research and sustainable urban systems to space technology and beyond, various engineering research areas have benefited from this collaboration. Formal mechanisms for cooperation, which have existed for nearly 20 years, coupled with National Science Foundation (NSF) investments in a wide range of research with Indian scientists and institutions, have facilitated numerous accomplishments and discoveries.

Dr. Panchanathan will outline the state of scientific and engineering collaboration between the United States and India while also elaborating on his vision for the future of NSF. This includes the importance of ensuring accessibility and inclusivity in STEM fields across the United States and India and advancing technological progress through the continued translation of curiosity-driven, discovery-based research. Building on the firm foundation of past US-India science and engineering engagements, Dr. Panchanathan will discuss strengthening existing engagements and creating new opportunities for collaboration to accelerate discovery and innovation at speed and scale.

Brief Bio of the Speaker: Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, National Science Foundation, USA

The Honourable Dr Sethuraman Panchanathan is a computer scientist and engineer and the 15th director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr Panchanathan was nominated to this position by the President of the United States in 2019 and subsequently unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 18, 2020. NSF is an independent federal agency with annual budget of 8.5 Billion Dollars and the only government agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation and STEM education.

Dr Panchanathan is a leader in science, engineering and education with more than three decades of experience. He has a distinguished career in both higher education and government, where he has designed and built knowledge enterprises, which advance research innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, global development and economic growth.

Dr Panchanathan previously served as the executive vice president of the Arizona State University (ASU) Knowledge Enterprise, where he was also chief research and innovation officer. He was also the founder and director of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing at ASU. Under his leadership, ASU increased research performance fivefold, earning recognition as the fastest growing and most innovative research university in the U.S.

Prior to joining NSF, Dr Panchanathan served on the National Science Board as chair of the Committee on Strategy and as a member of the External Engagement and National Science and Engineering Policy committees. Additionally, he served on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He was chair of the Council on Research of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and co-chair of the Extreme Innovation Taskforce of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. Arizona’s Governor appointed Dr Panchanathan as senior advisor for science and technology in 2018. He was the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Multimedia Magazine and editor/associate editor of several international journals.

Dr Panchanathan’s scientific contributions have advanced the areas of human-centered multimedia computing, haptic user interfaces, person-centered tools and ubiquitous computing technologies for enhancing the quality of life for individuals with different abilities; machine learning for multimedia applications; medical image processing; and media processor designs. He has published close to 500 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and has mentored more than 150 graduate students, postdocs, research engineers and research scientists, many now occupy leading positions in academia and industry.

For his scientific contributions, Dr Panchanathan has received numerous awards, such as Distinguished Alumnus Awards and the Governor’s Innovator of the Year for Academia Award for his development of information technology centric assistive and rehabilitative environments to assist individuals with visual impairments.

Dr Panchanathan is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, where he also served as vice president for strategic initiatives. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Society of Optical Engineering.

Local Chapter Activities

Bangalore Local Chapter

  • “SAMVAAD – an IIT Dharwad-INAE Bangalore Chapter Lecture Series”

INAE Bangalore Chapter organized a live session of “SAMVAAD – an IIT Dharwad-INAE Bangalore Chapter Lecture Series” on28th July 2021 from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM wherein a Lecture on “Electric Vehicles – Current Trends and Future Strategies” was delivered by FIEE and Distinguished Professor University of Houston, Dr Kaushik Rajashekara.

  • First Roddam Narasimha Memorial Lecture

The first Roddam Narasimha Memorial Lecture was held on July 20, 2021 at 6.0pm through on-line mode via Google Meet. This memorial lecture was instituted by the INAE Bangalore Chapter with the support of INAE Headquarters, New Delhi. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Prof. K R Sreenivasan, Distinguished University Professor, New York University USA. Over 100 fellows and participants from all over the world participated in this lecture. The event was inaugurated by Mrs Neelima Narasimha, wife of Late Prof. Narasimha.

The event began with a welcome address by Dr V K Aatre, Chairman, INAE Bangalore Chapter. Following his welcome address, Prof. G. Jagadeesh, Member, INAE Bangalore Chapter and Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IISc Bangalore, presented Professor Narasimha’s technical contribution in the area Fluid Dynamics and his pioneering work in the Laminar-to-Turbulent flow transition. Prof. Narasimha had contributed significantly to various National Aerospace Programs over last 5 decades for the country and his contributions were documented in the form of a video, which was prepared by National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore. This video was next played to provide the attendees a bird’s eye view of Prof. Narasimha’s contributions to the National Aerospace Programs. Following this, the President of INAE Prof. Indranil Manna addressed the gathering, wherein, he fondly recalled Prof. Narasimha’s Seminal contributions and his own association with him. Following the address of INAE President, the Memorial Lecture was inaugurated by Mrs Neelima Narasimha, wife of late Prof. Narasimha. In her address, she recalled the personality of Prof. Narasimha and the passion he brings into his work culture.

The Roddam Narasimha Memorial Lecture was given by Prof. K R Sreenivasan, Distinguished University Professor, New York University, USA and one of the most Prolific Students of Late Prof. Narasimha. His talk was on the “Contributions of Prof. Roddam Narasimha in the area of re-laminarization Research”. Prof. Sreenivasan elegantly brought out the contribution of Late Prof. Narasimha and his students in this area and showed how his research is still relevant in today’s fluid dynamic research and still highly cited. He blended his talk very well by mixing Prof. Narasimha’s Technical contribution with some personal flavour making the talk extremely enjoyable. The program ended at 7.30 pm with a vote of thanks proposed by Prof. S. Gopalakrishnan, Secretary, INAE Bangalore Chapter.

  • SAMVAAD– an IIT Dharwad-INAE Bangalore Chapter Lecture Series held on June 30, 2021 featuring talk by – by Padma Bhushan Awardee, Chancellor of IIST and former President, INAE – Dr BN Suresh, on “Mastering Rocket Science: Experiences and Excitements”.

SAMVAAD is a monthly lecture series organized jointly by IIT Dharwad and Indian National Academy of Engineering – Bangalore Chapter (INAEBC) to leverage the wisdom and experience of INAE for the benefit of faculty and students. On 30th June 2021 at 4 pm, Dr B N Suresh, Chancellor of IIST and a Padma Bhushan awardee, delivered an enthralling talk on “Mastering Rocket Science: Experiences and Excitements” on Google Meet online video conferencing platform. The talk captured the glorious journey of India’s tryst with rocket science spanning over five decades and in making us “AtmaNirbhar ”. The talk gave an overview of “Rocket Science” to the uninitiated. The talk was simultaneously streamed on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zBKZ-YWXHA) for the benefit of a wider audience including fraternities from technical institutes in Karnataka and CFTIs.

After the presentation, Dr BN Suresh took queries from audience members including students, faculty and other esteemed members of INAE. The questions spanned technical domains including systems integration and reliability, effect of various natural phenomena like combustion and lightning, current research areas of ISRO and policy-decision domains like need for introducing reliability in UG programs and commercialization of ISRO expertise for civilian areas. The talk ended with closing remarks from Prof. Seshu who thanked Dr Suresh for the nice talk and for extending his support in making IIT Dharwad a center for excellence in Aerospace Engineering.

  • Frontiers of Engineering webinar on “Advent of AI in Medical devices”.

INAE Bangalore Chapter organized a Frontiers of Engineering webinar on “Advent of AI in Medical devices”. The talk was delivered by Dr Gopal Avinash, Global leader of Data Science, GE Healthcare’s Edison AI Services on July 31, 2021 (Saturday) from 11 am-12 noon

Delhi Local Chapter

  • INAE Industry Lecture

INAE Delhi Chapter organized an INAE Industry Lecture (webinar) on July 29, 2021 from 2-4 PM. The lecture was scheduled through MS-Teams app. The title of the Lecture was “Energy Efficient IoT Devices – the Quest for Longer Battery Life” and the Speaker was Mr N Venkatesh, Sr. Director, Silicon Labs, Hyderabad.

Abstract of the Lecture: Many or most connected devices – like smart watches, smart locks, location trackers, medical monitors – require long battery life. Since battery technology is not growing at the same pace as the volume of data transferred between devices, innovative methods and techniques to improve energy efficiency have become critical. The question of energy consumed is important in all activities of IoT devices including sense/control, compute, intelligence and communication. This talk covers the current practices in fundamental HW/SW architectural considerations, and algorithmic methods for achieving a very low power wireless end node ASIC design without sacrificing performance. Areas of focus such as HW/SW partition, algorithms, energy efficient wireless receiver algorithms, sleep states, and dynamic performance scaling will be drilled down to explain practical challenges faced in design of wireless SoCs. The talk includes how battery life enhancement is a joint endeavour involving semiconductor device construction and control, the simultaneous use of multiple architecture level techniques, and a seamless approach to wireless design involving algorithms, hardware realizations and software control.

Bio-Data of Speaker:

Mr N. Venkatesh is Senior Director, Engineering at Silicon Labs through its March 2020 acquisition of Red pine Signals of which he was one of the founders in 2002. Mr. Venkatesh has over 35 years of engineering and management experience in wireless system design, IoT solutions, semiconductor design, and avionics. His current areas of interest are on building semiconductor and system solutions in the field of the Internet of Things. Prior to Redpine Signals, he was General Manager at California based Paxonet Communications developing semiconductor devices for optical and telecom networks, and prior to that at HAL developing airborne communication systems. He is an active IEEE volunteer and was the Chair of IEEE Hyderabad Section in 2019. He is a Board Member of TiE Hyderabad and helps foster entrepreneurship.

Mr. Venkatesh holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. He holds 22 US patents, has contributed to IEEE standards development and has written numerous articles in technical journals. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a recipient of the VASVIK Award for Industrial Research in 2011.

Documentary film on INAE

At the behest of DST, the Vigyan Prasar had coordinated a series of films made on various institutes of DST including INAE. In this connection, Vigyan Prasar, DST informed INAE regarding release of film on INAE on Wednesday, 26th May 2021 to be watched on India’s 24×7 national science channel on the internet, called India Science (www.indiascience.in) . The English and Hindi versions of the film can be viewed by clicking on the links given below:

https://www.indiascience.in/videos/dst-inae-e

https://www.indiascience.in/videos/dst-inae-h

Proposed Document on “Landmark Achievements in Science and Technology in Independent India”

The Government of India has launched a 75-week celebration of India’s 75th Year of Independence (Aazadi ka Amrut Mahotsava) with a grand celebration on 15th August 2022. In this connection, it has been decided that DST will publish a compendium of most significant scientific and technological achievement of India since independence. For this purpose, the Sectoral Group of Secretaries (SGoS) has been constituted. The Secretary DBT, Chairperson of the Sectoral Group of Secretaries (SGoS) has requested all Science and Engineering Academies of the country including INAE to join hands and produce an encyclopaedia containing all those feats in Science & Technology that make us proud and will inspire future generations since independence. In this regard, the Presidents of INSA, IASc, NASI and INAE had met on April 3, 2021 and committed to help create a volume and a website that would provide a comprehensive view of India’s growth and contributions in S&T since independence. Further, it was decided to solicit suggestions (initially only name or item) to propose a list of 75 or 100 landmark innovations (individual or collective) in S&T in India achieved primarily after our independence that eminently merit a mention in the proposed volume so as to select deserving items. Suggestions were invited from Fellows/Conveners.

Subsequently, a meeting was held to consider suggestions received earlier and also to discuss and formalize the methodology to propose a list of 75 or 100 landmark innovations (individual or collective) in S&T in India achieved primarily after our independence that eminently merit a mention in the proposed volume so as to select deserving items. During the said meeting, it has been decided that each Convener of the Sectional Committee may request Fellows affiliated to his/her respective Engineering Section to seek 10 to 20 topics of such landmark technical achievements since independence. The inputs received are since being collated.

A list of suggested topics received for the proposed Compendium on “Landmark Achievements in Science and Technology in Independent India” were discussed in the Steering Committee during its meeting held on 10th June 2021 to shortlist and finalize 3 to 4 topics from each Engineering Section (a total of about 30-40 such engineering accomplishments) proposed to be submitted to DST for inclusion in the said Compendium.

During discussions, the Steering Committee has recommended that INAE may publish or contribute in two volumes as Compendium (Collection of Eminent Contributions by Individuals or Group) as given below:

Volume A: Jointly with Science, Medical, Agricultural and other National Academies.
Volume B: 75 (Azadi@75) most outstanding engineering feats or marvels in Independent India (one page each) – only by INAE; Not individual contribution or novelty, but major engineering or technological achievement that has made a huge difference, say, an engineering system or product.

Actions are ongoing and committees being constituted to undertake these activities

Meetings of the Gender Parity Advisory Committee

INAE has been discussing the Gender Parity issue for the past several years but with no tangible solution. For this purpose, a Gender Parity Advisory Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Dr. BN Suresh, Past-President, INAE to deliberate and suggest proactive measures to achieve acceptable level of gender parity in INAE. The composition of the Committee of INAE Fellows is as follows: Dr. BN Suresh, Former President, INAE is the Chairman of the Committee with Dr. Saswasti B Roy, Prof Sushmita Mitra, Dr. VR Lalithambika, Prof. Ligy Philip, Ms Alpa Seth, Prof K Chattopadhyay, and Prof Prem Krishna as Members. Dr BN Suresh had prepared a Base Paper on the issue of Gender Parity in INAE which is summarized as follows. Gender parity subject is being discussed in many forums in India for a long time including the reservation for women in Indian Parliament. INAE has been discussing this issue for the past several years but with no tangible solution. As on date, INAE has only 28 women Fellows out of 871 Fellows in India, which is a meagre 3% of the entire Fellowship. Similarly, the representation of women in Young Associates is also poor. Although we have been pursuing very proactive policy to induct women into Fellowship for the last few years, the results are not all encouraging. It is therefore felt essential that we deliberate in detail and generate suitable recommendations to improve the situation in all these forums of INAE. There is a need for innovative and out-of-box thinking to drive gender parity. No doubt the implementation aspects also possibly demand certain structural changes to improve the nomination and selection processes and create an enabling environment. The recommendations so made should also be actionable and implementable.

The Base Paper on the subject prepared by Dr. BN Suresh was deliberated in the first meeting of said Committee held on 6th May 2021 wherein a number of valuable suggestions/comments emerged. These have been culminated in the form of Draft Recommendations on Gender Parity of INAE. The Draft Recommendation were circulated to the members to seek inputs before further deliberations in the next meeting of the said Committee held on May 22, 2021, so as to consolidate into actionable and implementable recommendations on Gender Parity in INAE. Productive meetings were held, and clear-cut recommendations were crystallized. The final Recommendations were put up for further discussion and approved by Governing Council during its meeting on June 25, 2021 for implementation from this year itself.

Important Meetings held during July 2021

  • Meeting of the Committee regarding proposal for instituting IEEE IC – INAE joint Award held on July 1, 2021 over Webex.
  • Meeting of ISRO-INAE Consultative Committee held July 1, 2021 over Webex.
  • Second Meeting of Sectional Committee – VIII (Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering) held on July 2, 2021 over Webex.
  • Second Meeting of Sectional Committee-II (Computer Engineering and Information Technology) held on July 2, 2021 over Webex.
  • Second Meeting of Sectional Committee-I (Civil Engineering) held on July 2, 2021 over Webex.
  • Second Meeting of Sectional Committee-IX (Energy Engineering) held on July 5, 2021 over Webex.
  • Second Meeting of Sectional Committee-VI (Electronics and Communication Engineering) held on July 6, 2021 over Webex.
  • Review Meeting of the Search Cum Selection Expert Committee for Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship held on July 6, 2021 over Webex.
  • Second Meeting of Sectional Committee-IV (Chemical Engineering) held on July 7, 2021 over Webex.
  • Second Meeting of Sectional Committee-VIII (Aerospace Engineering) held on July 8, 2021 over Webex.
  • Meetings of the Expert Committee on Cyber Security Related Disasters held on July 12, 2021 over Webex.
  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Fellows held on July 16, 2021 over Webex.
  • Meeting of INAE Local Chapters held on July 12, 2021 over WebEx.
  • Meeting of CAETS Energy Committee held online on July 13, 2021.
  • Meeting of CAETS Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held online on July 15, 2021.
  • Meeting of the INAE Forum on Civil Infrastructure (HOUSING) held on July 20, 2021 over Webex.
  • First meeting of INAE Young Innovator & Entrepreneur Award Committee held on July 22, 2021 over WebEx.
  • Meeting of the “Peer Committee on Technological Preparedness for dealing with National Disruptions” held on July 26, 2021 over Webex.
  • Meetings of Selection Committee for INAE Young Engineer Award 2021 held on July 30-31, 2021.

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 August 2021, click here…

Honours and Awards

1 Dr. Tessy Thomas, FNAE, Distinguished Scientist & Director-General, Aeronautical System, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Bangalore has been listed as one of the top 35 Most Influential Women Engineers of the world. An article in this regard can be viewed by clicking here ….
2 Prof Sanjit K. Mitra, FNAE, Professor Emeritus of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA has been elected as a Corresponding Member of the Academia Nacional de Engenharia (Brazilian National Academy of Engineering).
3 Prof. K. Bhanu Sankara Rao, Pratt & Whitney Chair Professor, at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) received Dr. N. Kondal Rao Memorial Award on July 15th, 2021 from Indian Society for Non-Destructive Testing (ISNT). He was felicitated by Dr. Dashrath, Director Defence Research and Develoment Laboratory (DRDL), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Dr. S.K. Jha, Chairman and Managing Director, MIDHANI and Dr. Jaitheerth Joshi, Project Director, DRDL and Chairman ISNT Hyderabad Chapter, at MIDHANI AUDITORIUM in Hyderabad. On this occasion, Prof. K. Bhanu Sankara Rao delivered an illuminating lecture on the Ïndigenous Development of Ferritic-Martensitic Steels and Fabrication Technologies for Fusion Reactor (ITER) which was live telecasted where 400 people have listned on-line.

News of Fellows

1 Mr AK Anand, FNAE, Director Technical, Microtrol Sterilisation Services Pvt Ltd, Mumbai and Formerly Director (Reactor Projects Group), BARC, Mumbai has contributed a chapter on ‘Marine propulsion’ for the Encyclopedia of Nuclear Energy to be published by Elsevier publications co-authored by Dr. J. Stephen Herring Director Center for Space Nuclear Research, Idaho. The chapter can be accessed by clicking on the link given below.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128197257001586#a0010

2 Dr K Kasturirangan, FNAE, Past-President, INAE and Chairman, National Education Policy (NEP) – 2020 and Chairman, Karnataka Knowledge Commission; Distinguished Professor Emeritus, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) and Formerly Chairman, Space Commission and Secretary, Department of Space, Bangalore; Formerly Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore; Formerly Member (Science), Planning Commission, New Delhi and Former Chancellor, JNU, delivered the University Distinguished Lecture on Saturday, 24th July 2021. The title of the talk was “Creating a Vibrant Knowledge Society – An Indian Strategy for 21st Century”.

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Obituary

Dr Vijai Mohan Sharma

(January 6, 1939 – July 6, 2021)

Dr Vijai Mohan Sharma (VMS), born on 6 January 1939, passed away in Singapore on 6th July 2021, bravely battling for life against his steadily failing health and persistent kidney ailment. He was an outstanding professional, an astute administrator, a well-known author and above all, a decent human being. Rarely can one find a professional of his kind with qualities of excellence, ethics, empathy and care for details, far beyond the standards of routine practice. While pursuing projects in the fields of Geotechnical Engineering, Rock Mechanics, Water Resources, Tunnelling, Field Instrumentation, Slope Stabilization & Numerical Modelling which were his forte, he never lost sight of the fact that, real life problems in Civil Engineering invariably call for sound engineering judgment to deal with the vortex of uncertainties. As far as I could make out during my decades of association with him, asking right questions in a technical discourse was much more important to him than merely indulging in a discourse in the comfort zone of conventional thinking and available design data.

Dr Sharma had an outstanding track record throughout his academic career. He obtained his B. Tech (Hons) in 1961 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur; P.G. Diploma (1966) and M.E. degree (1968) from the University of Roorkee and Ph.D. (Rock Mechanics) in 1985, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Central Soil and Materials Research Station (CSMRS), New Delhi became his karma-bhumi in the formative period of his career where he rose to the position of its Director. During his six-year-long tenure as Director, he placed CSMRS on the national map by transforming it into a world class laboratory, inter alia, covering fields of Water Resources Engineering, Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling. He worked at the University of Alberta in Canada as a UNDP Fellow. The country benefitted a great deal by his visits to Imperial College of Science and Technology, London; Building Research Establishment Garston; the Institute of Geological Sciences, in the United Kingdom and several other Engineering and Water Resources Development Centres in the Europe and Northern America. He took voluntary retirement from CSMRS and joined the Associated Instrument Manufacturers (India) Limited, (AIMIL), as a Chief Consultant and established Advanced Technology Engineering Services (ATES) in AIMIL. He got closely associated with major hydro-electric projects, tunnels and underground power houses and extended the scope of work to include Numerical Modelling, Reinforced Earth Technology and Non-destructive Testing. The list of his achievements during his 26-year long tenure at ATES(AIMIL) is very long.

The Indian National Academy of Engineering elected Dr Sharma as a Fellow in 1995, in recognition of his meritorious work. The same year, he was elected as the President of the Indian Geotechnical Society. This recognition came to him closely on the heels of his contribution as organizing secretary of Technical Sessions related to the historic 13th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering hosted by India in 1994. Earlier, he had served the IGS as its Honorary Secretary for the two consecutive terms during 1977-1981. He was also the Editor of the Journal of IGS during 1978-82. His General report on the underground structures presented at the 17th International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering held in 2009 carried a scholarly synthesis of the ideas contained in as many as 24 papers covering fields of Geotechnical Investigations and Seismic Analysis, Numerical Modelling and 3D simulation and use of field measurements for predictions, received from 17 countries. He was invited by the IGS to deliver the prestigious IGS annual lecture in 2010.He also served as a Chairman of the Indian National Committee on Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling Technology; Chairman of the Indian National Committee on Construction Materials and Structures, and as a Delegate for RILEM for the period 1992-1997. Bureau of Indian Standards appointed him as the Chair of two of its Sectional Committees, CED-6 and RVD-8.

Dr VM Sharma published about 250 papers and edited 10 books covering fields of Rock Mechanics, In-situ Characterization of Soils, Modelling in Geomechanics, Dams-Accidents and Incidents, and Instrumentation in Geotechnical Engineering. He served on the Editorial board of several prestigious technical journals, including Materials and Structures of RILEM. Numerous awards won by him include the ‘Gopal Ranjan’ Award of the IIT, Roorkee for outstanding contribution in Rock Mechanics; and the Kueckelmann Award of the Indian Geotechnical Society for his outstanding Contribution to Geotechnical Engineering.

Of the various recollections of my intimate personal engagement with Dr Sharma over the period of last four decades, a few things stand out as exemplary and highly inspirational. On my request made in early 2019, despite his failing health, he agreed to join the Indian Roads Congress (IRC) Technical Committee on Disaster Mitigation. Both of us decided to co-author a Monograph on Criteria governing Selection of Technologies for Slope Stabilization and Landslide Hazard Mitigation. He proposed its first draft on the 26 January 2019 in two parts and formally presented the same at the IRC meeting held on 30 January 2019. The revision 1 was informally discussed between us in his office in the AIMIL campus on 20 July 2019. He further worked on it overtime to ensure that the updated version of the monograph gets ready by 22 July 2019 well in time for circulation to the members of the IRC committee. Later, he personally presented the revision 2 at the IRC meeting held on 29 July 2019. As the work developed, despite bi-weekly dialysis and enormous physical challenge, he never missed even a single meeting. Even after the monograph increased in its scope to be discussed again, without the slightest reaction, he wrote the following email to Shri Sanjay Nirmal, Secretary General of IRC on 3rd February 2020:

” Even though it is difficult for me to haul myself up to reach the first floor level which is the venue of the meeting, I will attend. In the absence of lift, I will need physical help, which I will bring with me. However, I understand it would be difficult to change the venue, and therefore I will try to reach the venue in time. I will, in any case, send the revised write-up before the meeting”.

The above message received from him reflected his deep commitment to the job. Indeed, he not only attended the IRC meeting on 21st February 2020, but also participated intensively in the ensuing discussion. Unfortunately, Covid-19 impeded the progress and now when he is no more, the draft monograph remains as an item on the unfinished agenda for the IRC.

Dr Sharma never failed to express his gratitude to acknowledge those associated with him. I recall him approaching me in the year 2000 for an article for the H.C. Verma (HCV) Commemorative Volume on Instrumentation in Geotechnical Engineering of which he was a joint editor with K.R Saxena, the then Director, Research and Development at Central Board of Irrigation and Power. His spirit of gratitude for HCV was so intense and disarming that all whom he had approached contributed state of the art papers for the commemorative volume which carry a Foreword from Professor M.G.K. Menon, Dr Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor of the Department of Space.

For those who are born, death is certain but people like Dr VM Sharma continue to live in our hearts. I thank God for the privilege to work with him. May his soul rest in peace.

R.K. Bhandari
A close friend of Dr V.M. Sharma

May God Bless his Soul to Rest in Peace