New Year Message from President, INAE
Esteemed Fellows of the Academy,
I am delighted to convey my New Year Greetings to you and to the Young Associates. May the New Year bring all the good things in life all of you richly deserve.
A time of new beginnings and fresh starts also comes with a time of reflections of the events of the year just gone by. To begin with, the year 2019 was embedded with number of achievements, and a number of fresh starts. I take this opportunity to highlight some of the salient ones. The year 2019 witnessed the launch and inauguration of INAE Digital Centre which was inaugurated by Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST) on Feb 15, 2019 at Gurgaon. The aim of this Digital Centre is to digitize the existing schemes and activities of INAE and so far, twenty-two INAE modules have been digitized successfully.
Another major event that took place during year 2019 was the conduct of One-Day International Seminar on “Civil Aviation – Regional Air Connectivity” organized by INAE in association with the Ministry of Defence Production and Ministry of Civil Aviation as a part of Aero India on 21st February, 2019 at Bangalore. The seminar focussed on next generation regional turbo prop aircraft.Dr. VK Saraswat, Member, Niti Aayog was the Chief Guest and Ms. Vandana Aggarwal, Eco. Adviser, MOCA; Dr. Shekhar C Mande, DG, CSIR; Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman DRDO were the Guests of Honour. The event was a big success and well appreciated by concerned Ministries.
INAE also undertook initiative to organize a Workshop on “Imagining the Future of INAE” on August 8, 2019 wherein all Convenors/Reps of ten INAE Engineering Sections made a brief presentation elaborating the future of INAE, as envisaged by INAE Sectional Committees and the methodology to provide necessary leadership to accomplish the same.
As President of INAE, it has been always my prime motive to inspire INAE Local Chapters to undertake various activities under the umbrella of INAE, which could bring more visibility to INAE in different regions of the country. I take pride in informing that series of activities have been undertaken by various Local Chapters of INAE during year 2019. To list a few, INAE Bangalore Chapter organized India-USA Lecture Series (LS) on ‘Ageing Aircraft’ and related issues on November 27-29, 2019 at Bangalore; INAE Pune Chapter organized a seminar on ‘Engineering Complex Adaptive Systems with Digital Twins’ on November 7, 2019 at COEP, Pune; INAE Kharagpur Chapter organized a one-day Workshop on “Research in Steel Technology” on October 24, 2019 at IIT Kharagpur; INAE Mumbai Chapter jiontly with IIT Bombay, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) and Indian Environmental Association (IEA), Mumbai, organized a One-Day National Workshop entitled: “Urban and Rural Challenges in Management of Solid Waste in India: A Circular Economy Approach to Building Smart Habitats” at IIT Bombay, Mumbai on September 24, 2019 and INAE Kolkata Chapter celebrated National Engineers Day on September 18, 2019 at the Gurukul Campus of the Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata.
Besides the above accomplishments of INAE during 2019; INAE has a mission of providing vital inputs to the planning for the country’s development particularly related to engineering and technological content and depth. To achieve this mission, INAE undertakes a large number of technical activities organized annually.
One of the major such events of INAE is Engineers Conclave organized each year. The Seventh Engineers Conclave 2019 (EC-2019) was organized jointly with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) on Sept 19-21, 2019 at Bangalore on the two themes of “Defence Technology & Innovation” and “Transformation of Rural India Using Digital Technologies”. Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh was the Chief Guest of the event.
Another step in the direction of promoting young engineers is to organize Symposium on National Frontiers of Engineering (NatFOE) each year, which brings together outstanding young engineers below 45 years of age from Academia, R&D and industry on a single platform to discuss leading – edge research and technical work across a range of engineering fields. The Thirteenth Symposium on National Frontiers of Engineering (13NatFoE) was held on May 31, 2019 to June 1, 2019 at IIT Bhubaneswar.
Another flagship event of INAE is the Youth Conclave which has been organized to promote the interaction between engineering students as upcoming momentum of engineering fraternity. The third INAE Youth Conclave was held in August 9-10, 2019 at IIT Delhi Main Campus. Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman AICTE was the Chief Guest and Prof K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India was the Guest of Honor of this Conclave.
I would also like to inform that the 3rd INAE-NAEK (National Academy of Engineering Korea) Workshop on “High Temperature Materials and System Engineering for Aerospace, Power Generation and Defense Industry” was held during 15-17th July 2019 at Hyderabad. The workshop was jointly organized by INAE and Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited, Hyderabad wherein twenty-four topics of mutual interest to India and Korea were covered. The Workshop was attended by 12 Korean and 53 invited Indian delegates. The workshop concluded with laboratory visits of the Korean delegation to MIDHANI, ARCI and BHEL R&D. The workshop brought immense appreciation from Dr. Oh-Kyong Kwon, President, NAEK.
I am very happy to share that INAE Annual Convention 2019 hosted by Birla Institute of Scientific Research during 12-14 December, 2019 was a grand success. The event started with inspirational Award Lectures by winners of Life Time Contribution Award in Engineering; Prof. Jai Krishna & Prof. SN Mitra Memorial Awards; and Outstanding Teachers Award held in the evening of December 12, 2019. The Convention was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Mr. S. K. Roongta, Chairman, Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd. (BALCO) on December 13, 2019. The highlight of the event was three Plenary Lectures delivered by Dr. (Ms.) Varsha V. Bhosekar, Director, Central Water and Power Research Station, Pune, Mr.Manoranjan Ram, Associate Vice-President, SMS Group, Paul Wurth India Pvt Ltd., Gurgaon and Ms Pramita Mallick, renowned vocalist and exponent of “Rabindra Sangeet”. The Convention brought immense appreciation from the invited dignitaries.
Throughout our activities in 2019, we received continuous encouragement and guidance from our former Presidents Dr. B. N. Suresh and Dr. P.S. Goel and I am much thankful to them.
While concluding this note, I would like to say that that we had an amazing year 2019 and hope to have another amazing year 2020 and, in this journey, I seek your support throughout in taking the Academy to greater peaks of vibrancy and success.
With best regards,
Dr. Sanak Mishra