Mousmi Ajay Chaurasia, Execom Member for IEEE Hyderabad Section
Students Congress at IEEE Guntur Subsection
A 2-day “Zonal Student Congress – 2020” was organized on 3rd – 4th January 2020 by IEEE Guntur Subsection in association with IEEE Student Branch of VFSTR (Deemed to be University) at Seminar Hall. The theme was “Capabilities for Industry 4.0” and specially focused on providing a platform to all the Student Branches of Guntur Subsection to come together, share their thoughts, ideas and the best practices, and to learn and gain knowledge from industry leaders and each other. The opening keynote was from Sri D. Rama Krishna, CEO of Efftronics Systems Pvt. Ltd, Vijayawada. He shared about industrial revolutions across the globe. In total 45 participants attended the congress.
Students Congress at IEEE Vizag Bay Subsection
IEEE Vizag Bay Subsection organized Student Congress with the theme Sustainable Employment with Industry 4.0 on 25th January 2020. More than 150 students across Andhra Pradesh attended the event. Events such as project expo, student branch exhibits, technical talks and cultural events were part of the schedule of the congress. Prof. V. Krishna Mohan, Registrar, Andhra University and Dr. B.K. Sahu, Regional Manager, NRDC IPFC &TISC, Government of India delivered expert talk on the idea of entrepreneurship, patents and the current scope for invention and research. Ice breaking session with goodies has attracted many students. Mr. Murali Manohar Rao Bulusu, Vice President, Strategic marketing, Sankhya Technologies discussed on the theme Sustainable Employment and how to grow as an individual, while Dr. G. SreeLAkshmi showcased the benefits of IEEE membership.
All Hyderabad Women in Engineering Student Congress (AHWIESC)
All Hyderabad Section Women in Engineering Student Congress is the first of its kind in the history of the IEEE Hyderabad Section. This was a massive three-day event, which was the amalgamation of both technology and fun organized at Geethanjali College of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad with the theme “Innovate for Change” from 5th – 7th March 2020. The objective was to spread the benefits of WIE membership and to eradicate the technological challenges that are being faced by women in the community. The keynote address was delivered through video by Susan Kathy Land, IEEE President Elect. Different technical and motivational talks were arranged by eminent persons from government and corporate sectors. More than 100 participants benefitted from this event.
S Joseph Gladwin, Treasurer for IEEE Madras Section
IEEE Madras Section Students Paper Contest (MAS-SPC)
IEEE Madras section with the objective of providing an opportunity to showcase the unique contributions and innovations of UG and PG students organized the IEEE Madras Section Paper Contest (IEEE MAS SPC-2019) on 31st August 2019 at Kongu Engineering College. IEEE MAS SPC-2019 provides an opportunity for the students to showcase their contributions and innovations and also to interact with fellow students, senior academicians and industry professionals. The inaugural function started with the prayer song and lighting of the traditional Kuthuvilakku. The function started after the formal welcome address by Dr. D. Devaraj, SAC for IEEE Madras Section. Dr. V. Balusamy, Principal, Kongu Engineering College gave the guest address and motivation to excel in the forthcoming years. He encouraged the students to commit themselves for the betterment of society. He advised the office bearers to bring out new ideas and more social relevant activities in this academic year. The presidential address was given by Dr. T. Michael Kumar, Secretary for IEEE Madras Section. He encouraged the students to volunteer themselves to organize the events of IEEE. Invited lecture was given by Dr. Ramakrishna Kappagantu on “Smart Grid Technology” to all IEEE students. Nearly 46 papers were presented in different sessions by the students. There was also a presentation on “Student Benefits & Funding Opportunities” given by Dr. D. Devaraj. The event ended with Valedictory function.
IEEE Student Congress 2019
IEEE Madras Section has organized the IEEE Student Congress 2019 on 20th & 21st September 2019 at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur. The theme of the congress is “EMPOWERING YOUTH THROUGH TECHNOLOGY”. The inaugural function was conducted at 10:00 AM on 21st September. Dr. D. Devaraj, Student Activities Chair and coordinator of the event welcomed the gathering and briefed the objective of the student congress to the participants. Dr. P.A. Manoharan, Chairman, IEEE Madras Section during the presidential address highlighted the various activities conducted by IEEE Madras Section for the student community. The event was inaugurated by Mr. S. Srinivasan, Vice-President & Head, Power Transmission and Distribution, Larsen & Toubro. In his inaugural address, Mr. S. Srinivasan briefed the students, about the skills to be acquired to succeed in engineering industries and motivated the students to identify the challenges in the community, and develop economical solutions to those issues. Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor, SRM IST released the proceedings of the event. The special topics are:
- Student funding opportunities and competitions in IEEE by Dr. D. Devaraj,
- Hardware in Loop by Mr. Solikutty Dhanapal,
- Electric Vehicle Technology by Mr. M.P. Prasad,
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Dr. Chandrasekhar Menon.
The event also had project contest in which the students have shown their innovative products. The program concluded with Valedictory function of the congress.
Sri Lanka Section
Chamika Sudusinghe, Sectional Student Representative for IEEE Sri Lanka Section
IEEE SL SECTION STUDENT BRANCH OFFICER TRAINING 2020
IEEE Sri Lanka (IEEE SL) Section Student Activities Committee organized theStudent Branch Officer Training program for the fourth consecutive year with the participation of the Student Branch, Student Branch Chapter and Affinity Group representatives from all the 19 Student Branches operating under IEEE Sri Lanka Section. The program was held on 9th March 2020 at the Informatics Institute of Technology, Colombo 06.
The objective of this initiative was to keep the Student Branches and the officers informed on the responsibilities and the work ethics expected by IEEE and the ways in which they can improve the operation of the Student Branches to best serve the needs of the membership. More than 90 Student Branch officers participated in the event, and Dr. Tharaka Samarasinghe – IEEE SL Section Treasurer, Mr Pasan Pethiyagoda – IEEE SPAx Region 10 Coordinator, Mr Peshan Sampath – IEEE SL Section SAC, Mr Kavinga Ekanayake, Mr Dhammika Marasinghe – IEEE SL Section Industry Relations Coordinator, and Mr Chamika Sudusinghe – IEEE SL Section Section Student Representative joined the event as the speakers.
The program commenced with the introduction by Mr. Peshan Sampath, IEEE Sri Lanka Section Student Activities Committee Chair. After that Dr. Tharaka Samarasinghe, IEEE Sri Lanka Section Treasurer gave a speech on the potential of the student volunteers and the significant contribution from the student members for the Section. Mr. Pasan Pethiyagoda did an insightful session about the Student Branch operations which highlighted the fact on the importance of building the next generation of leadership in the student branches. Then, Mr. Peshan Sampath conducted a detailed presentation on student branch reporting and financial handling. There, the office bearers of all student branches were introduced to the “IEEE Student Branch Officer Manual” prepared by IEEE Sri Lanka Section, which assists student branches in streamlining their operations.
Later, Mr Kavinga Ekanayake did a presentation on event management and operations, and shared his experience of chairing the IEEE Region 10 SYW Congress 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Then Mr. Dhammika Marasinghe discussed the newly developed “Industry Engagement Toolkit”, a supportive collection of trackers and documents to reduce the repetitive work done by organizing committees in terms of industry engagement. The final session was conducted by Mr. Chamika Sudusinghe focusing on the opportunities provided by IEEE, as well as awards, recognition and national projects of IEEE SL Section.
All the officer bearers were given an overall idea about the responsibilities and how they can make a substantial contribution while providing the opportunity for these newly elected officers to network with the other student branches. IEEE SL Section believes that the outcome of this program will be pivotal for the success of the projects carried out by the student branches over the year. An enormous support was given by the Student Branch of the Informatics Institute of Technology to successfully conduct the program this year.
Prerna Gaur, Chair for IEEE Delhi Section
Rajasthan Student Congress
The first edition of IEEE Rajasthan Subsection Congress was held on 12th January 2020 at Manipal University Jaipur. It was jointly organized by IEEE Delhi section, IEEE Rajasthan Subsection and IEEE SB Manipal University Jaipur. Nearly 150 delegates from around 20 colleges attended the event. Dr. Gulshan Rai, former Chief Cyber Security Office, PMO, Government of India highlighted the importance of cyber-security in our daily lives and what future holds for this technology. Dr. Manpreet Kaur, Chair of IEEE WIE Delhi Section threw some light on how can one set-up a branch of IEEE WIE in their respective colleges. Mr. John Benedict Boggala, IEEE YP South Asia Coordinator, gave a presentation on how he leveraged the platform provided to reach exceptional success in his career. The last session for the congress was given by the founder of Gramiksha – a national level NGO, Mr. Shubham Singh where he emphasized on the importance of volunteering. The event ended with cultural events, souvenir distribution and a group photograph.
Takashi Yamada, Vice-Chair for IEEE Tokyo Section History Committee
“High Electron Mobility Transistor, HEMT” IEEE Milestone Dedication Ceremony and Commemorative Lectures
The “High Electron Mobility Transistor, HEMT”, invented in 1979 was certified as a milestone in technology. The dedication ceremony for the IEEE milestone was held on 18th December 2019 at Empire Hotel Tokyo. First, Dr. Hideyuki Tokuda, Chair of IEEE Tokyo Section, gave a welcoming speech, followed by Dr. Toshio Fukuda, the then President-Elect of IEEE. Next, a plaque was presented by Dr. Toshio Fukuda to Dr. Hirotaka Hara, CEO of Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. The plaque is to be put on display at their Laboratory in Atsugi, Kanagawa.
After the dedication ceremony, a lecture session was held with 88 participants. Dr. Isao Shirakawa, IEEE Japan Council History Committee Chair, Dr. Takashi Mimura, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. Honorary Fellow, Dr. Hiroyuki Sakaki, Toyota School Foundation Managing Director, Dr. Iwao Hosako, NICT Advanced ICT Research Institute Director General and Dr. Kenji Watanabe, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. Devices & Materials Research Center Director General gave the lectures.
Chirag Paunwala, Secretary for IEEE Gujarat Section
The mantra behind sustainable growth of any Student Branch is all aboutcollaborative student activities from various places with intense interactive sessions and exchange of ideas at a common forum. For this, SAMPARK is organized by IEEE Gujarat section every year. SAMPARK as an event was initiated to act as launch pad to bring new innovative ideas, concerns facing students and common issues faced by various Student Branch and its members.
SAMPARK2020 was organized on 5th January 2020 at U.V. Patel College of Engineering and Technology by its Student Branch, with active participation from various student branches. With approximate participation of more than 400 members across Gujarat, the tag line is “Reach Out and Engage” as it’s the only event which is organized by students, for students. There were various functions organized throughout the day with active participation from all student branches.
- Open forum conducted during SAMPARK2020 primarily revolves around knowing each other, sharing contacts, and developing new relation between Section ExCom and students from various educational institutes which are part of IEEE Gujarat Section. This also provided an excellent opportunity for students to discuss various IEEE related queries with the Section ExCom and plan their activity for the year.
Chisa Takano, Secretory for IEEE Hiroshima Section
The 21st IEEE Hiroshima Section Student Symposium (HISS)
On 30th November and 1st December 2019, the 21st HISS was held at Okayama Prefectural University, Soja, Okayama, Japan. HISS has two special characteristics; one is that students themselves carry out the planning and management of the symposium, and the other is that all the technical papers in HISS are presented by students in interactive sessions. The main theme of each HISS is decided by the students. And based on the interest with students’ point of view, the topics of the Keynote Speech and the Technical Lecture in HISS are selected. This year, there were a total of 290 participants (a sum of two days). In addition to 146 technical presentations, there were also a keynote speech by Mr. Soichi Kataoka, the Mayor of Soja City, Okayama Prefecture, and many presentations by industrial company, academic laboratories and high-school students.
Tushar Dua, Student Sectional Representative for IEEE Nagpur Subsection
IEEE Nagpur Subsection Congress 2020
The 3rd edition of IEEE Nagpur Subsection Congress (NSSC’20) was organized at G. H. Raisoni College of Engineering from 31st January to 2nd February 2020. Mr. Raj Pofale, CEO, Claim Genius Inc., was the chief guest and Mr. Arvind Kumar, Center Head TCS Nagpur was the guest of honour. They were present during the inauguration along with Dr. Sachin Untawale, Director for GHRCE, Mr. Ranjit Singh, Chair for IEEE Nagpur Subsection and Mr. Tushar Dua, Organizing Chair for NSSC’20. The program witnessed 450+ delegation representing more than 21 student branches. The congress offered sessions on finance in engineering, strategy making, justification for international affairs from an ex-navy official, art of storytelling, mental health awareness, unveiling Indian monuments, perceiving technology and engineering behind them. A specific session powered by TCS, Ngp on industrial coding and a panel discussion on youth culture were also scheduled. The congress ended with an industrial recursion encouraging fun with learning at Dinshaw’s PVT LTD.
Kenneth Teo Tze Kin, Executive Committee Member for IEEE Sabah Subsection
2020 Robocon Junior Workshop & Competition (Sabah Zone)
Robocon Junior Workshop & Competition program is an initiative from the IEEE community and education to provide early exposure to special students in terms of robotics technology and innovation. This program was made as a culture to spark more student’s interest in the robotics world.
On 17th and 18th February 2020, Robocon Junior Workshop & Competition (Sabah Zone) conducted by International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) was successfully hosted by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) IEEE Student Branch at the Faculty of Engineering, UMS.
10 special need schools (OKU) from (1) Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Tanjung Aru, Kelombong, (2) Sipitang, (3) Kota Marudu, (4) Papar, Kinarut, (5) Labuan had participated in this event. They have been divided into 20 groups which include 40 students and 19 teachers in total.
With the theme “Overcoming Obstacles to Success”, this event has provided a platform for special need students to gain knowledge about robotics by training and enhancing their skills in robot construction, algorithm development and strategy planning. They were required to build the best pick and place robot using Microbit. With the encouragement and motivation from their teachers and IIUM’s lecturers and students, they managed to program their robots to compete with one another in a short period of time. Throughout this program, their time management skill, competitiveness, adaptability and creativity were empowered. Despite the busy schedule, the students had the opportunity to pay a short visit to the famous UMS Aquarium.