Dear Esteemed Members,
Thank you for your IEEE membership. Hope that you are enjoying the benefits of being a valued member.
As we are reaching end of December 2022, please consider this as a Thank You note for assigning us the volunteering leadership positions of IEEE India Council for the years 2021 and 2022.
Our predecessors have built the foundation of IEEE India Council and we have tried our best to make them still deeper and stronger, while upholding equality, ethics as well as diversity. One of our major objectives was to support each other among sections, absorb the good practices and move together forward. In the past two years, we have had regular meetings of various committee members almost once a week. We closed with 7 Execom meetings in 2022. This has surely helped in building a strong bond amongst all the 13 sections as well as India Council. Even a pandemic like COVID-19 could not dampen our activities.
We feel immensely proud to associate with MGA as well as Region 10 to support some of our sister sections when they were facing challenges in streamlining their election process.
We started with an Action Plan document and every Vice Chair was assigned responsibilities to conduct events under the respective portfolio. Everyone has exceeded our expectations – in fact, IC was involved in almost 2 events per week. Two IEEE Milestones within India were dedicated to the nation during these two years, which make all of us proud and we need to identify such potential milestones in the years to come.
We observed that many of the activities under India Council were done on ad-hoc basis and needed to be streamlined. IEEE India Council Award portal is now made fully digital and transparent. The portal developed has been working perfectly and is also adopted by many sections. The web site was also revamped with new features, and the e-notice submission process has been improved to authenticate with appropriate reviews and approvals.
In addition to existing HOPE Foundation joint awards, a new Award namely POWERGRID Award has also been instituted. The award popularity has increased and the jury for selection of awardees is constituted every time with top notch personalities.
Communication is a vital element and the IC News Letter, IC Vaani has taken new avatar and we received great appreciation on that.
India Council has invested enough time and effort on MOVE Outreach India program, which has traveled a long way. A recent meeting again entrusted India Council team to take this program forward.
We decided to host IC Awards night to celebrate the achievements in India Council awardees, and this has come true in 2022. The awards were bestowed on the awardees, on 25th of November 2022 at a glittering ceremony at Bolgatty Palace grounds, Kochi, in the presence of almost 600 people.
AISYWLC, INDICON and INDISCON are the major flagship conferences of IEEE India Council. This time, India Council took a challenging lead to closely associate with Kerala section to make INDICON 2022 with surplus fund. It is estimated that almost 5 lakh INR of surplus fund is expected as returns to India Council this year. This is very important to IC for financial sustenance.
We are thankful to Region 10 for recognizing IC activities and supporting with financial assistance as well as suitable guidance. We place on record the support of all Vice Chairs, close and cordial association of all the Sections and their Chairs.
Once again, we would like to put on record your support received in carrying out our responsibilities.
Dr. K. R. Suresh Nair