Bridging the Gap: Delhi Section

Siddhant Banyal, Treasurer for IEEE Young Professionals Delhi

In the words of philosopher Osho, the word education means “drawing something out that is within, bringing a person’s center to the surface, to the circumference, bringing their latent, unmanifest, dormant being into manifestation, making it active, dynamic”. Echoing the sentiment above, IEEE Delhi Section has been carrying the legacy of this vibrant Region 10 during these testing times of global pandemic and is fulfilling our collective vision through their diverse and enriching events. The activities conducted were virtual in nature, in cognizance of various pandemic related guidelines under the able leadership of the Section Executive Committee and Section Student Network guided by Prof. Prerna Gaur, Chair for IEEE Delhi Section.

On the evening of 6th June 2020, IEEE Delhi Section in partnership with IEEE India Council SCT hosted a webinar on “Build for India: A step towards Atmanirbhar Bharat” by Mr. Saurabh Jain, Paytm Vice President. Mr. Jain, as the head of the “Paytm – Build in India” guided the young minds about the field of entrepreneurship and building a company in India including ad-hoc strategies to implement in a startup environment. The Webinar was a blazing success with shattering records of over 3000 participants from all across the region. In the spirit of expanding and harnessing untapped potentials of volunteers from new regions, on the 7th and 8th June 2020, IEEE Chandigarh Subsection along with the IEEE Delhi Section organized the first ever Chandigarh Subsection Congress with over 1700 delegates. The virtual conference was a success and encompassed events such as, but not limited to, an expert session on “TensorFlow in Machine Learning” by Mr. Jason Mayes, Senior Developer Advocate for TensorFlow.js at Google, and WiECritique: A Policy Case Study, judged by Prof. Sugandha Sharma, Chandigarh University, and Mr. Saurabh Bhadwar, Senior Software Engineer at LinkedIn.

Further, on 2nd August 2020, IEEE Delhi Section Young Professionals AG launched their flagship STEP initiative through a panel discussion on “Bridging the Gap” between students and young professionals by bringing managerial, industrial and academic perspective through three prodigious speakers. The speakers were Mr. Gitansh Anand from Xiaomi, Mr. Sirish Orunganti from Texas Instruments and Dr. Abhishek Appaji from BMSCE. The event witnessed participation of over 150 attendees that included both student and professional members.

The Section is also pleased to inform the readers with the developments from the 17th IEEE India Council Conference – INDICON 2020. This year’s rendition will be organized collaboratively with India Council and Delhi Section at Netaji Subhas University of Technology, New Delhi. The conference is scheduled from 11th to 13th December 2020 with the theme of “Technology Intervention to Build Future-Ready Society”. Owing to the extenuating circumstances, the Organizing Committee has decided to host the conference virtually, a decision in coherence with other international IEEE conferences due to COVID-19. Since the release of the Call for Papers, the conference has introduced several special tracks including the track titled “WIE Contributions in Next Generation Computing” with the aim to promote diversity in the STEM field and promote innovation in emerging fields of technology.