Prepared by: Puneet Kumar Mishra, Chair for Bangalore Section
IEEE Bangalore Section was established in 1977. Over the years, the strength of the section has grown steadily and as on 31st December 31 2019, the Section membership stands at more than 8800. This membership is spread across various sectors and is a nice blend of Industry, Academia and Research organizations. The Section has conducted over 1000 Technical Activities in the year 2019, with the help of Student Branches and Society Chapters. IEEE Bangalore Section has 2 Subsections, 29 Society Chapters and 4 Affinity Groups.
Bangalore Section covers the entire geographical boundary of Karnataka State. Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka, a popular destination for many IEEE conferences and events. In 2016, Bangalore was the host city for the 3 major events of IEEE Region 10 namely: IEEE R10 50 Years Celebrations Inaugural Function, IEEE R10 WIE Global Summit and IEEE R10 SYWLC Congress. Bangalore was also one of the host cities to celebrate 125 Years of IEEE. This year, Bangalore Section hosted 2020 IEEE 5G World Forum.
Bangalore Section is working on multiple fronts to bring vibrancy and vitality among Student Branches (SB) and Society Chapters (SC). To encourage these OUs, a unique performance-based and membership-dependent Section support scheme is introduced to financially support them up to INR 50K per year. As part of outreach and member engagement, district coordinators are appointed in each district of Bangalore Section. For faster communication and ensuring timely implementation of Section initiatives, quarterly meeting of SB Counselors and SC Chairs is arranged. To ensure compliance with MGA operations manual, Chapters/AGs are encouraged to conduct AGM along with Section AGM.
Bangalore Section has conceived and successfully implemented flagship events for Academia/R&D organizations and Industry Professionals, namely IEEE CONECCT and Bangalore Technology Conclave (BTC) respectively. This year onwards, a flagship Humanitarian Technology Conference named Bangalore Humanitarian Technology Conference (B-HTC) is introduced. Chapters/AGs are also encouraged to own and manage a dedicated track in these flagship events. The entire logistics and financial support is provided by the Section. Students are the future of any country. Through Students Humanitarian Technology Project, Student Travel Grants, at least 50% discount in registration fees, skill development programs, tutorials and mentoring, Bangalore Section is doing its bit to support them.
As part of digital transformation Conference TCS approval process, event registration (along with member authentication) and reimbursement process is made online. The Section has invested heavily on all the social media platforms and made its presence to disseminate the information in a much faster way in addition to eNotice. The Bangalore Section has won several awards and accolades, including the 2013 & 2019 MGA Outstanding Large Section Award and 2013 & 2020 R10 Outstanding Large Section Award.