Prepared by: Rachana Garg, Chair for IEEE Delhi Section
IEEE Delhi Section, one of the largest Sections (geographically) of India, comprises 2 Subsections (Rajasthan and Chandigarh), 23 Technical Society/Council Chapters, 4 affinity groups, and more than 120 Student Branches/ Student Chapters.
IEEE Delhi Section, which started on 13th May 1976 (after existing as a Subsection since 1974) presently covers the entire northern part of the country consisting of the four states of Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Union Territories of Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
A series of activities were conducted during COVID19 pandemic to keep the spirit of IEEE high and active. This year, the Delhi Section conducted 935 activities in the calendar year. A distribution table for a variety of activities conducted is presented below. Details of all these activities have been reported in vTools.
Count of Activities
Pre U– Stem Program
IEEE R10 Director, Mr. Deepak Mathur has visited Delhi Section and interacted with the members of the Delhi Section ExeCom and LMAG ExeCom. He was very happy with the way the Section is progressing and has conveyed his best wishes to the Section.
•In line with INDICON and TENCON, Delhi Section organized maiden edition of Section conference DELCON 2022from 11th to 13th February 2022.
•IEEE Delhi section has initiated industry awards since 2021 and this year one more category has been added.
•In line with IEEE guidelines, the Section now has a new logo.
Best Practices of the Section
•Conducting regular ExeCom meetings and encouraging all subsection/chapter/standing committee chairs to report their activities through a template ppt format has helped Section leadership to keep track of the progress of the Section units.
•Section gives lots of emphasis on professional and continuing education activities and has organized 9 conferences.
•A series of measures were taken to ensure that the membership count keeps on increasing throughout the year. Student Branches are encouraged to organize membership drives in their institutes to increase the membership count. The Section holds IEEE Day along with Student Branches at their institutes to increase their visibility by providing funds for organizing these activities.
•To retain the student members, the Section provides various incentives like partial funding to attend the All India Student/YP/WIE Congress (AISYWC) and R10 Student Congress. Also, the Section has initiated three awards, namely J K Pal Memorial Award, Outstanding Student Volunteer Award, Outstanding WIE Volunteer Award, and Outstanding Branch Counselor Award. One of the criteria for these awards is the duration of their student membership.
•In line with IEEE’s vision of penetration of technology across humanity, IEEE Delhi Section, through its SIGHT wing, is actively involved in reaching the underprivileged and deprived section of the society. It is aimed at bringing overall life into their daily routine, which not only facilitates connecting them closer to the technology but also helps them, to the extent possible, to be closer to the mainstream. A large number of activities were conducted in 2021 to support COVID19 victims.
•To further increase the reach of the Section, IEEE Delhi Section supports and participates in the activities jointly organized by IEEE along with sister societies IETE and IEI.
•2021 R10 Women in Engineering Outstanding Student Volunteer Award has been bagged by Virendra Pratap Singh from Delhi Section
•2021 R10 Young Professionals UpSkill | Delhi Section won the award
•2021 MGA Achievement Award was bestowed upon Rajendra Kumar Asthana from Delhi Section for outstanding efforts in developing innovative strategies, and improving engagement and growth of Life Member Affinity Groups in Region 10
•Prof. Prerna Gaur, Immediate Past Chair of the Section got an award for Outstanding Branch Counselor.
•Prof. Mayank Vatsa from IIT Jodhpur was elevated to the position of Fellow for contributions to secure biometric recognition
•Conference Leadership program organized by R10 was attended by volunteers from the standing committee (Technical and Professional activities).
•The Section has been recognized for meeting both its recruitment and retention goals for 2021
•The Section has also received USD3000 as an incentive from R10 for activities held between October 2020 to November 2021.
•The Section has won many awards/projects from IEEE MGA, R10, and India Council.